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Nordic skiers pressing along

JAMES BALL, Sierra Sun

Despite North Tahoe’s recent dominance in high school cross-country skiing, the TTHS team continues to make impressive strides in restoring its name as king of the hill.

On Jan. 15 at Mammoth, North Tahoe boys and girls took first place in a 5K freestyle race, with Truckee boys and girls placing second.

The NTHS boys defeated Truckee 266-264 for the win.

Truckee girls fell short with 253 collective points to the Lakers’ 280 combined.

Ian Case of Nevada Union took the top spot in the boys’ race.

North Tahoe and Nevada Union racers rounded out the topsix.

Truckee’s Chris Waller finished seventh, followed closely by Louis Van Blarigan in eighth and Josh Bennett in 10th.

With his finish, Waller secured the chance to qualify for the Junior Olympics.

Other Truckee finishers included: Jesse Steverman in 14th, Justin Popov in 16th, Brian Beno in 19th and Dan Coombs in 20th.

“The boys’ races have been really close and kind of a week-to-week thing,” said Truckee coach Olof Carmel.

“It’s a thing of who is going to be just a little better.”

The top 14 finishers were all from the Northern Division of the California/Nevada Interscholastic Ski Federation.

Girls

In the girls’ race, four of the top five finishers were from North Tahoe, led by Emily Robins in first place.

The highest Truckee finisher was Betsy Van Blarigan in sixth.

“One of our goals for the season is for some of our skiers to break up that top four,” said Carmel.

Other Truckee racers: Shannon Lankenau in 10th, Allison Bergen in 11th, Dawn Vanscoy in 12th and Jana Bergen in 13th.

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