Cuneo siblings shine in Tahoe Truckee first biathlon event of year
Storms may have postponed last Sunday’s annual 10th Mountain Division biathlon race until the following day, but that didn’t keep dozens of athletes from turning out to compete across distances of 5, 7.5 and 10 kilometers.
The race, which honors the army’s famed alpine 10th Mountain Division and its handful of local men that fought in World War II, was held at Auburn Ski Club earlier in the week, marking the first local biathlon event of the year.
One of the area’s top young cross-country racers, Steffen Cuneo, 17, took a dominant overall win in the pro 10-kilometer race behind the cleanest rifle performance of the day. Cuneo finished with a time of 39 minutes, 12.2 seconds.
Dan Warren, 56, was next with a time of 47:26.1, followed by Ted Hulbert, 49, with a time of 52.26.6.
Cuneo’s younger sister, Annelise Cuneo, 16, captured first place in the 7.5-kilometer distance, topping runner-up Zoe Klenke, 17, by nearly three minutes with a time of 38:56.4. Rebecca Anderson, 41, was third with a time of 42:14.0.
Annelise Cuneo also had the best rifle performance of any athlete in the distance.
In the day’s 5-kilometer race, Josie Furbershaw, 24, took the win on the women’s side while also topping a trio of male skiers to capture the overall victory with a time of 39:57.6.
The day’s events also included a 4.5-kilometer novice race and a 2-kilometer youth race. Max Hopkins, 32, would take the overall win in the novice event with a time of 19:27.5. Logan Selander, 14, was next following a perfect performance with the rifle to finish with a time of 21:27.4. Janelle Webb, 31, was third overall and the top female, finishing with a time of 21:37.7. Jack Loughan,16, was third out of the men’s division with a time of 21:50.6. Nina Bolen, 13, was the second fastest female, finishing with a time of 22:54.2, followed Lainey Lowden, 13, in third with a time of 24:00.0.
Finn Mulholland took the win in the boys’ youth race with a time of 10:55.7. Chloe Mitchell was the fastest girl on the day, finishing second overall with a time of 13:42.4.
The next scheduled biathlon event will be the Chuck Lyda Memorial Biathlon Weekend on Feb. 23-24. The race will be held at Auburn Ski Club.
For full race results or registration information, visit AuburnSkiClub.com.
Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.