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Nordic ski team stays on top

Erich Sommer, Sierra Sun

Not that they needed it, but the Truckee Nordic Wolverines used their home field to full advantage last Saturday, capturing firsts in three of four divisions.

In all, nine schools competed in the 7.5-kilometer Classic district meet at the Auburn Ski Club next to the Boreal Ski Resort.

The Nordic Wolverines took first in the boys’ and girls’ varsity, and girls’ junior varsity divisions. And the boys’ junior varsity team, despite having only three racers (the top four skiers of each team score) still managed to grab a bronze.

Individual medals were awarded to the top 15 skiers in each category, trophies to the top three teams in each division.

By the end of the day, the Nordic Wolverines would be weighed down with 18 individual medals and four team trophies.

“It was very satisfying to see our skiers so jubilant as they stepped up to the awards podium to receive their medals and the team trophies,” said Head Coach Nancy Gordon afterward.

“Nordic ski racing requires the highest level of fitness of any sport. Our athletes are tough, determined and self motivated, and passionate about the sport.”

But the girls may be the most passionate, as both teams continued their recent mastery of the field.

The varsity squad, led by Kara LaPoint (1st), Betsy Van Blarigan (3rd) and Lindsay Collins (4th), took six of the top 11 spots and first as a team. They were followed by Mammoth and North Tahoe.

The young Lady Nordic Wolverines were equally impressive, with four of the top ten spots occupied by Truckee. Jenny Van Blarigan took first on the 5-k course with a time of 23:17, gliding across the finish line a full minute-and-a-half ahead of Nevada Union’s Astrid Hansen.

Sarah Heckendorn (3rd), Katy Jones (6th) and Jessica Hooper (9th) rounded out the Wolverines’ top ten finishes.

“The Truckee girls continue to dominate California and Nevada ski racing,” Gordon said.

Not to be outdone, the boys’ varsity squad was equally dominant thanks to Nick Sterling (1st), Joaquin Goodpaster (3rd), Andrew Van Blarigan (5th) and Thomas Hill (7th). They beat rival North Tahoe, who took second, and Mammoth.

And despite the odds, the boys’ junior varsity team took third due to strong finishes by Loren Myers (2nd), Sam Sterling (4th) and Sean Powers (15th).

The Nordic Wolverines’ next race is Friday, Jan. 25 at Tahoe Cross Country in Tahoe City. It is a 6 kilometer race and starts at 10:30 a.m.