CNISSF nordic racing | McElravey, Larusson victorious in Tahoe Donner Freestyle

Staff report
Courtesy Patrick FloraVarsity boys skiers head out at the start of the Tahoe Donner Freestyle on Friday. North Tahoe senior Patrick McElravey, far right, won the race.

The North Tahoe boys led by Patrick McElravey swept the top three spots at the Tahoe Donner Freestyle on Friday as Katrin Larusson and Hannah Halvorsen again finished 1-2 in the varsity girls division.

Larusson has won all three CNISSF races of the season for her Sugar Bowl Academy (SBA) girls. On Friday she posted a winning time of 15:32.7 over the approximately 5-kilometer course, which sent athletes through the stadium in the middle of the race, allowing spectators to cheer as they passed.

Halvorsen, a Truckee freshman, finished second in 16:01.9, while sophomore teammate Gabrielle Rinne was third in 16:26.8.

Amanda Kirkeby of Mammoth was fourth in 16:36.0 and was followed by SBA’s Camille Hartley (16:57.3), Truckee’s Kyla Burrill (17:05.4), SBA’s Elise Hardy (17:17.1), Truckee’s Jenna Rohlf (17:17.8), North Tahoe’s Tara Gallant (17:24.1) and SBA’s Savannah Blide (17:44.7) rounding out the top 10.

McElravey claimed victory in the varsity boys division for the second straight week, finishing in a time of 13:55.8. He was trailed by North Tahoe teammates Shane Christian (14:01.0) and Dylan Syben (14:32.6) in the top three.

SBA’s Sam Zabell finished fourth in 14:34.8 and was trailed by Truckee’s Alex Topytko (15:03.7), Incline’s Evan Vomund (15:11.7), SBA’s Casey Jobe (15:16.0) and Skyler Mullings (15:24.3), and Truckee’s Aaron Deeter (15:31.7) and Brandon Deeter (15:42.8).

In the middle school division, Alder Creek’s Ryland Belisle won his third consecutive race, posting a time of 9:33 over the 3.5K course. Cody Atwood and J.C. Schoonmaker of North Tahoe rounded out the top three in 10:12 and 10:13.

Alder Creek’s Mia Winans captured her second win of the season in the middle school girls race, recording a time of 11:22, while Lindsey Twomey of North Tahoe was runner-up in 11:23. Claire Lang-Ree of Alder Creek was third in 11:24.

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