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Truckee nordic charging from start

Mark Nadell
Special to the Sun

Photo by Mark NadellTruckee's Jordan Nadell, green bib, hands off to Daniel Gelso at the Auburn Ski Club Relays last Friday.

Re-scheduled from before Truckee High’s Winter Vacation, the first race of the CNISSF nordic race season went off smoothly last Friday at Auburn Ski Club.

Even with seven of their top skiers off at Soldier Hollow, Utah for the U.S. National Championship competitions, the Wolverines still managed to win both the boys and girls varsity divisions at the three-person relays.

Although not an individual points race, the relays still garnered overall team points for the school standings. Truckee’s No. 1 varsity team of Alex Ferneyhough, Jordan Nadell and Daniel Gelso cruised to a win over North Tahoe’s and South Lake Tahoe’s top teams with an overall time of 17 minutes and 28 seconds. Gelso’s time of 5:36 for his leg was the fastest overall time of the day. Truckee’s No. 2 varsity team of Black Heckendorn, Ben Aldridge and Andrew Pado managed a fourth-place finish to lead the Wolverines’ overall varsity victory.

In the girls division, Truckee took the top two team spots in varsity, with the team of Kelsey Dion, Lucy Ferneyhough and Alexandra O’Neil crushing their rivals by more than a minute, winning with a time of 20:27 over the second-place team of Truckee’s Emily Stewart, Gina Krauss and Angela Raso.

And even though the overall winning individual time was posted by Nevada Union’s Sara Violett, Truckee took the next seven spots in the rankings, with Ferneyhough and Dion finishing with the top times for Truckee. In part because of the loss of so many of Truckee’s skiers to the races in Utah, the top junior varsity teams were from North Lake Tahoe for both the girls and boys divisions.

The Middle School Relay event was considered a non-points competition, mainly to get race experience for the athletes in the sixth- to eighth-grade division. Alder Creek Middle School once again showed a complete dominance at the middle school level, winning the top three spots in both the girls and the boys competition around the 1.5-kilometer course.

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Alder Creek’s team of Sophie Aaron (fastest overall time), Robyn Bath-Rosenfeld and Annika Taylor won by morre than a minute over their closest competitors. The boys team of Russell Kennedy (fastest overall), Carson Lindsay and Alex Hamilton just managed to eke out a close-fought victory over Alder Creek Team No. 2. All-in-all, Alder Creek took advantage of the absence of the Mammoth Lakes team to post the top seven girls results and six out of the top seven boys individual times.

The CNISSF schedule resumes again with the 4-km Freestyle (Skate) competition at Kirkwood Cross Country this Friday, followed by the Truckee Sprints at Surprise Stadium (snow conditions permitting) on Friday, Jan. 20. For more information and complete results on the CNISSF race schedule, go to http://www.farwestnordic.org.