Nordic skiers continue hot streak
The Truckee varsity Nordic teams are one race closer to reclaiming the state championship trophy, which was lost to North Tahoe last year.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams finished first on the Lakers’ home turf at Tahoe Cross Country last Friday.
Unstable weather conditions complicated the 6K Classic race, forcing the Wolverines to make last minute adjustments on their kick waxes just seconds prior to start time.
Despite this adjustment, Andrew Van Blarigan took home first place for the Wolverines, with Nick Sterling just behind in fourth, Justin Popov in sixth and Daniel Coombs rounding out the top ten.
Varsity skiers Brian Beno, John Coombs and Robby Beno also furthered the team’s cause, finishing strongly and adding to the overall score. Truckee captured first place over North Tahoe and third place South Tahoe to add another win to their already impressive season. Nick Sterling is currently ranked first in league standings heading into this weekend’s State Championship and Andrew Van Blarigan is third behind Far West skier Phillip Violett.
The undefeated lady Wolverines continued to ski over their competition with another stunning victory and first place finish by Kara LaPoint with a time of 25:23.
LaPoint is currently ranked second in the league standings behind Laura Spohr of North Tahoe. Betsy Van Blarigan finished third, followed by Lindsay Collin in sixth, Whitney Prosor in thirteenth, Kelly Collins in fourteenth and Caitlin Oats in fifteenth place.
The Wolverines easily took the lead in their field over North Tahoe and third place Prosser. The junior varsity team also captured first place for a complete TNT domination, thanks to a first place finish by Kayla Evans with a time of 30:30 and fourth, fifth, ninth and tenth place respective standings by Michelle Dowart, Kati Clark, Kate Rose and Olivia Rassuchine.
“The team has been training hard since fall and are very motivated for the state championships,” said Coach Nancy Gordon.
The state championship will be held at Auburn Ski Club on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Truckee is a strong contender for the championship and will most likely be battling the Lakers for the title.
Junior Olympic team set
Friday’s race at Tahoe Cross Country was the last opportunity for area Nordic skiers to qualify for the Junior Olympic team. The new team has already begun training with Far West Coach Glenn Jobe and will begin traveling in March.
The 2001 Junior Olympic team members are: Phillip Violett, Andrew Van Blarigan, Joaquin Goodpaster, Nicki Henriques, Kara LaPoint, Natalie Joffe, Lindsay Collin, Scott Hill, Tony Bozzio, Tony Bozzio, Nick Sterling, Dana Mosman, Betsy Van Blarigan, Margeaux Joffe, Shannon Lankenau, Laura Spohr, Jessica Ford and Casey Watson.
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