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Nordic team results

LARA MULLIN, Sierra Sun

In between snow storms in Mammoth last weekend, the Wolverine cross country ski team raced to another exceptional finish in a 7K freestyle skate race. Betsy Van Blarigan led her teamates to another first place victory over North Tahoe and Prosser Creek.

Natalie Joffe of Prosser Creek took first place overall in the varsity girls race, crossing the line in 27:56, nearly a full minute before second place Laura Spohr of North Tahoe. Van Blarigan finished third overall followed by fellow Truckee team members Kara LaPoint, Lindsay Collin and Caitlin Oats.

The Wolverine girls team placed five skiers in the top ten, scoring enough points to put them on top for the day. The junior varsity girls team finished second overall behind North Tahoe with a second place finish by Kayla Evans and a fifth place performance by Amber Johnson. Natasha Heckendorn, Leslie Ajari and Nicole Cardinali claimed eighth, ninth and tenth place respectively, adding invaluable team points for the Wolverines.

The varsity boys team fell just short of a team victory, finishing two points behind North Tahoe. Nick Sterling finished second with a time of 24:18, followed by Prosser Creek’s Scott Hill in fourth and Andrew Van Blarigan in sixth place.

The junior varsity boys team finished second to North Tahoe, with strong performances by Joe Raso in fifth place, Ryan Popov in sixth and Brett Poulin, Doug Coombs and Wes Ajari rounding out seventh, eighth and ninth place respectively.

Prosser Creek skiers proved they are strong contenders in Friday’s skate race as Gabrielle Joffe finished second in the girls intermediate race with a time of 15:09. In the boys intermediate category, Thomas Hill and Ben Kantz skied in for third and fourth place respectively.

The next Nordic race will be at Tahoe Cross Country Center tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.


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