Nordic streak continues
The Tahoe-Truckee High School nordic ski teams continued their hot streaks with wins at a skating-style meet last week at Tahoe Donner.
The races were 3×3.5K freestyle relay, which relies on teams, not individuals, to win the race.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams took first-place finishes in their respective races, helping improve the boys’ record.
On hand for the meet were Truckee, North Tahoe and Nevada Union.
In varsity boys, the team comprised of Jesse Steverman, James Beauchamp and Spencer Archer took first, narrowly edging the Nevada Union team by two seconds.
The TTHS winning team combined for a time of 29:35.
Several weeks ago, at the first nordic meet of the season, the TTHS boys dropped a race to Nevada Union. This victory was sweet for Truckee.
“The boys are really happy,” said cross-country coach Olof Carmel. “They were really determined to win this one. It meant a lot to them to win this one.”
In the varsity girls’ division, the TTHS relay team of Kristy Davis, Christina Harvey and Jenny Rassuchine crossed the finish line in 34:30, more than three full minutes of the North Tahoe team, winning the race.
“It was a successful day for both the boys and girls,” Carmel said.
At the start of the first race last Wednesday, a light snow fell on the skiers, but the conditions may have helped them.
“It was wet snow and everybody had fast skis,” Carmel said.
Relay races are usually exciting, said Carmel, but the closeness factor of the boys’ race only served to heighten the energy.
“The race could have gone either way,” said Carmel. “James (Beauchamp) and Spencer (Archer) are the two best skiers in the league. If they do their training, then along with Ian and Zach (Case and Violette of the Nevada Union squad), they’ll be favorites at state.”
“We’re in the middle of a pretty exciting season,” Carmel said.
Individually, in the boys’ category, Beauchamp and Archer tied for second place at 9:35 for their respective laps. Josh Bennett was seventh overall at 10:20 and Steverman was 10th at 10:25.
In the girls’ splits, Rassuchine was first with 10:33 for her lap, Kim Collins was second with 11:42, Christina Harvey was 11:48, Kristy Davis was fifth at 12:09, Justyn Cooper was seventh with 12:23, Elia Burill was eighth with 12:30 and Susan Lingelbach was 10th at 12:46.
Behind the Steverman, Beauchamp and Archer team was the fourth-place Louis Van Blarigan, Brian Jitloff and Josh Bennett team, which finished at 32:15.
In fifth place, Josh Anderson, Zach Silver and Joe Jones finished at 32:42.
In sixth, Brendon Harry, Jeremy Popov and Willie Saltenberger came in at 35:40.
They were followed in seventh by Anthony Radford, Justin Popov and Bobby Bosquet at 38:45.
The team of Russ Shady, Thomas Godino and Anders Odell rounded out the top-10 with 41:39.
In the girls’ division, third place went to the team comprised of Justyn Cooper, Kari Weller and Kim Collins, which turned in a time of 37:42.
Kelly Watson, Susan Lingelbach and Courtney Burton finished fourth with a time of 39:21.
The team of Kelly Bush, Kelly Collins and Elia Burill placed fifth at 39:23.
Amber Johnson, Dawn Vanscoy and Tracy Schegg were seventh at 42:40.
Middle school results
The same day, races for Sierra Mountain Middle School were held, with the teams competing against North Tahoe.
Their races were 3×2.5K freestyle relay.
In the boys’ category, Lance Cohen, Kellen Babb and Nick Sterling won with a time of 27:25.
The team of Ryan Popov, Andrew Van Blarigan and Andre Enrique placed third with 29:36.
Six other SMMS teams rounded out the top-12.
In the girls’, the team consisting of Kara Lapoint, Michelle Dorwart and Catlin Oats won with a combined time of 31:25.
Close behind in second was the team of Shannon Lankanau, Allison Bergen and Betsy Van Blarigan with a time of 31:52.
Three other SMMS girls’ teams placed in the top-10.
“Taking two firsts was great,” said Larry Leatherman, coach of the intermediate teams. “We had good individual efforts by Lance Cohen, Andre Enrique and Doug Coombs.
“In the girls’, Michelle Dorwart, Olivia Rassuchine and Betsy Van Blarigan posted good times.”
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