North Tahoe’s Heapes wins JV state title
Special to the Sun
North Tahoe High freshman Miles Heapes dominated the Junior Varsity boys cross country ski division at the CNISSF State Championship at Auburn Ski Club this past weekend, winning with almost a five-minute, two-race margin over Matthew Hardy of Truckee.
Truckee took the next four spots ” Ryan Zusy was third, Nick Myers fourth, Alex Hamilton fifth and Carson Lindsay sixth ” to win the state championship JV team award.
In the JV girls division, it was Bishop High’s Veronica Holmes going wire-to-wire over the two-day event, posting the fastest time both days over second-place finisher Emily Stewart of Truckee.
North Tahoe girls took the next three spots, with Sage Clark placing third, Julia Levy fourth and Emily McNair fifth.
Truckee’s JV girls team collected enough points on the day, however, to win the team JV state championship for Saturday’s race.
In the middle school division, it was business as usual for the top spot, with Alder Creek’s Justin Ondry and Annika Taylor finishing off undefeated seasons.
For Taylor, it was a repeat state championship performance, reprising her 2006 win with a relatively easy 54-second victory over second-place Kristin King of Mammoth Middle School.
The surprise on the day was the extremely strong showing of Alder Creek’s Kelsey Porter, who challenged King’s traditional silver-medal spot with a blistering second lap, falling only four seconds short of making it a one-two punch for Alder Creek.
Michelle Cahill was North Tahoe’s top finisher in fourth place, with Alder Creek’s Rachell Nadell rounding out the top five. Alder Creek’s girls team managed to repeat as the State Champion.
For the boys, Justin Ondry survived an awkward fall early in the race to continue his dominance of the league, but this time with a narrow 11-second margin over second-place Will Stimson of Mammoth.
Third place went to North Tahoe’s Patrick McElravey, who was pushed from behind the entire race by Mammoth’s Paolo Humes. Alder Creek’s Austin Meng finished a close fifth, five seconds behind Humes. Alder Creek’s boys team once again took the State Championship.
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