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North Tahoe’s Anderson, Murnane win high school Nordic opener at Sugar Bowl

The California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation Nordic season got underway at Sugar Bowl Resort on Friday, bringing roughly 350 athletes to compete in high school and middle school racing at the Sugar Bowl Freestyle.

North Tahoe skiers put together an impressive display during the morning’s high school 5-kilometer mass start races, capturing first overall in both the boys and girls' events.

The Lakers’ Cooper Anderson and Truckee's Steffen Cuneo battled it out to start the morning’s racing. The two had separated themselves from the field as they made the final turn in the boys’ division, but Anderson managed to pull away down the stretch to pick up the season-opening win.

"He’s is really fast, Cooper is good" said Cuneo after the race. "The course was a little small, so it was hard to pass. There's no moves I could make. I tried to make a couple, but they just didn't work out."

Cuneo would cross the line shortly after Anderson for second place.

"I've been training a lot and working on my skiing," Cuneo said. "It really showed today."

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After the boys' race concluded, the girls took to the start line for their event, and the Lady Lakers put the league on notice with an impressive showing, taking four of the top five places.

The Lakers’ Lily Murnane captured first place on the day, leading a pack of North Tahoe skiers across the finish line.

"Today's race was really amazing, the grooming was very good," said Murnane. "(It) mostly consisted of flats, so you really had to use your technique.”

 

Teammate Kili Lehmkuhl was right behind Murnane for second place as the Lakers took the top two spots on the podium

"Up the hills you just wanted to get as much speed as you could," said Lehmkuhl on the key to being fast at Sugar Bowl. "Especially going up the first hill."

High school racing will continue next week Auburn Ski Club with the annual Foothill Classic on Friday, Jan. 18.

*This post will be updated with full results and times once official