Nordic ski team claims second win
Tahoe-Truckee high school cross country ski racers continued the California-Nevada Interscholastic Ski Federation points race for the 2000 season on Friday, Jan. 14, at Mammoth Lakes, Calif. The event was a six kilometer (3.6 mile) classic race on a track set at Red’s Lake at the base of chairs 13 and 14 (the “backside”) at Mammoth Mountain Resort (alt. 9,200 feet).
Despite the altitude, Truckee skiers came away with impressive results in both individual and team competition.
High school senior Louis Van Blarigan placed first (18:53.4) and sophomore Nick Sterling placed second (19:38.2.) The Wolverines’ first place finish with 188 points was secured by Andrew Van Blarigan, Brian Beno and Justin Popov who placed sixth, seventh and ninth, respectively. North Tahoe finished second with 170 points and South Lake Tahoe placed third with 136 points.
“The excellent technique, solid strength and focused determination of Louis Van Blarigan and Nick Sterling are exciting to see,” Truckee Head Coach Nancy Gordon said. “They are reaping the benefits of their commitment to well thought out training plans.”
Sophomore Betsy Van Blarigan placed third, only six seconds behind first place finisher Jessica Ford of Lee Vining. Shannon Lankenau, Caitlin Oats, Abbey Grimmer and Kelly Collins, who finished sixth, eighth, eleventh and thirteenth, respectively, gave the Truckee varsity girls’ team a second place finish with 96 points. North Tahoe finished in first place with 106 points and South Lake Tahoe finished in third with 58 points.
The Wolverines’ junior varsity boys, fielding a team of 12 racers were led by Ian Bottomly, who placed first, followed by Tom Kleffman, Lyle Poulin and Brendon Harry, who placed second, fourth and eighth, respectively. Truckee’s junior varsity garnered 109 points for a first place team finish. Mammoth, with 92 points, took second place and North Tahoe took third with 73 points.
“Some of our skiers thrived on the adventure race venue at 9,200 feet,” Gordon said, “whereas others were definitely affected by the altitude as they struggled to complete the six kilometer race. The depth of our boys’ teams was certainly an advantage under these circumstances.”
The Wolverines’ next race is at Auburn Ski Club (at the far end of Boreal Ski Resort parking lot) on Saturday, Jan. 22, starting at 10:30 a.m. It is an all league, six kilometer classic race with a dual interval start. Medals will be awarded to the top finishers.
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The Truckee girls’ cross-country team raced to a runner-up finish at today’s Class 3A Northern League championships.