Lady Wolverines Nordic teams ski champions
Just like the St. Louis Rams, the Truckee Lady Wolverines Nordic teams won all year and dominated their league. But unlike the Rams, the Lady Wolverines were also at their best when it counted the most.
Despite a bitter, cold head wind on much of the 7.5- kilometer course at the Auburn Ski Club on Saturday, packs of Lady Wolverines crowded into the top ten, results that allowed them to claim state titles in the girls’ varsity and junior varsity competitions.
The boys’ varsity team missed a state title by only two points, with North Tahoe High taking home the honors, while the Wolverines boys’ junior varsity team took third.
Jenny Van Blarigan won Truckee’s only individual state title in the girls’ junior varsity race, after which she gathered around with the rest of the junior varsity team to watch the results being posted and to see if the team would claim another state title.
The girls had reason to be giddy as the official results came in, because with six racers in the top 11, they were state champs once again.
Katy Jones was third, followed by Sarah Heckendorn (5th), Jessica Hooper (8th), Leslie Lightiser (10th) and Ashley Greenwood (11th).
Afterward, Jenny Van Blarigan said the exhaustion brought on by the hilly and technical course made the stiff head wind irrelevant.
“I was too tired, to tell you the truth. I didn’t notice the wind,” she said.
The girls’ varsity team was also golden with six racers in the top 10. Kara LaPoint took second overall behind Natalie Joffe of the Marin Academy.
Lindsay Collin took third, followed by Betsy Van Blarigan (5th), Caitlin Oats (6th), Whitney Prosor (8th) and Kati Clark (10th).
And while Joffe took home the state title with Saturday’s win, LaPoint finished the season as the number one ranked girls varsity Nordic skier in the state.
For the season, Joffe was second, Van Blarigin third and Lindsay Collin fourth.
On the boys’ side, Phil Violett of the Sugar Bowl Academy skied away with the state title with a time of 23:18, beating second-place Andrew Van Blarigan of Truckee by 45 seconds.
Wolverines Joaquin Goodpaster (5th), Robby Beno (9th) and Tom Hill (16th) followed Van Blarigan and missed a state title by only two points.
Points are awarded to the top four finishers of each team, with first place worth 50 points, second 49 and so on. Teams are then ranked according to their point totals.
Unfortunately, the Wolverines would have taken home a state title themselves had Ben Kantz not been disqualified. Kantz finished 15th, one spot ahead of North Tahoe’s four place racer. Had the results stood, Truckee would have edged out the Lakers’ for the title by a single point.
Nick Sterling, who is in Utah forerunning Olympic Nordic events, finished the season as the number-one ranked boys’ varsity skier. Goodpaster and Van Blarigan finished the season ranked fourth and fifth respectively.
The boys’ junior varsity competition was the most tightly contested of the day, with Truckee taking third, but only four points behind second-place Right of Passage and six points behind first-place South Tahoe.
Loren Myers (8th) and Sam Sterling (9th) led the boys’ junior varsity squad.