Photo finish results in victory for Truckee skiers |

Photo finish results in victory for Truckee skiers

The Tahoe-Truckee varsity boys’ nordic ski team took first place in the second race of the season, a five kilometer skate race on a hilly, technical course at Auburn Ski Club on Friday, Jan. 7.

Truckee’s Louis Van Blarigan inched out Prosser Creek Charter School’s Scott Hill in a photo finish, both clocking in at 10:59.0 to take first place.

Nick Sterling skied in third, followed by John Coombs and Andrew Van Blarigan to secure a first place team finish for the Wolverines.

North Tahoe placed second and South Lake Tahoe finished third out of nine competing teams.

“Watching Louis Van Blarigan and Scott Hill battle it out on the downhill finish was very exciting,” Truckee Head Coach Nancy Gordon said. “They’re both strong junior Olympic contenders.”

Leading the Truckee girls’ varsity team were Shannon Lankenau and Betsy Van Blarigan, who placed fourth and fifth respectively. Abbey Grimer placed seventh and Caitlin Oates placed ninth in a field of 30 racers to give the Wolverines a second place team finish.

Kelly Collins participated in her first race of the season – only her third time on skis following a recent knee surgery – and claimed 14th place.

North Tahoe took the top spot with racers finishing in first, second, sixth and eighth place. South Lake Tahoe finished third.

“I think our girls’ varsity team could unseat North Tahoe in the next race if the altitude doesn’t stop us,” Gordon said.

Due to lack of snow at Tamarack, Mammoth Mountain is setting a race course at Red Lake at an elevation of 9,200 feet for Truckee’s next race. Racers and spectators will be transported from Mammoth Mountain’s main lodge to the race venue by snow-cats.

This is a six kilometer classic race with a dual interval start.

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