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Nordic teams take wins

Sierra Sun Staff

At a nordic meet at Mammoth Mountain last weekend, the TTHS teams again won three of four 6K freestyle skating prep races, and took another two of two in the middle school division.

In total points, the boys’ varsity team was edged by Nevada Union and North Tahoe for its only loss.

Thanks to a win by North Tahoe’s Scott Hill, the Lakers took second with 188 points, just behind Nevada Union with 190 points.

Truckee was close behind with 187, partially due to a third place out-of-the-blue finish by freshman upstart Louis Van Blarigan.

“Louis had a phenomenal day,” said head coach Olof Carmel. “He’s a very smart, focused boy who’s trying very hard to reach the top.”

As usual, Carmel had kind words for the competition, despite the loss.

“At North Tahoe, I think (head coach) Doug Read has done a good job,” said Carmel. “I know the North Tahoe kids like him a lot. They’ve been rebuilding for the last three years or so, and Doug’s a good coach who can motivate kids to ski well.”

Though the third-place finish is the lowest the boys have experienced all season, Carmel is putting the loss in perspective.

“This isn’t the most important race (in league standings),” Carmel said.

Though Carmel is not one to make excuses, it is perhaps likely the boys finished where they did due to the absence of standout racer James Beauchamp, who was out working on school assignments.

Carmel also pointed out Nevada Union was missing two of its better racers at the meet for various reasons.

In girls’ varsity, Jenny Rassuchine remained undefeated, winning her race easily by nearly a full minute.

Kim Collins, Christina Harvey, Kristy Davis and Elia Burill rounded out the top-10.

The girls finished with 307 points, easily taking the win over the other schools.

“We have a very strong girls’ team,” said Carmel.

In junior varsity boys, six TTHS racers finished in the top-10, and were led by Daniel Coombs, a freshman, who finished second behind North Tahoe’s Keith Newman.

Carmel pointed out if you plug Coombs’ score into the varsity race, he would have still performed very well. The JV boys won the race with 203 points.

In junior varsity girls’ division, nine of the top-10 finishes came from Truckee girls. Courtney Burton led the pack, helping earn the team’s 381 winning points.

Sierra Mountain Middle School’s Andre Enrique was third in the intermediate race

SMMS’s Betsy Van Blarigan turned in a second-place time, enough for the team win.

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