Prep Nordic racing: Kennedy, Taylor take top spots at Mammoth Classic
Truckee’s Russell Kennedy and Annika Taylor raced to first-place finishes in their respective varsity divisions at the Mammoth Classic this past Friday.
Kennedy took the top spot in the varsity boys race with a time of 22:51.9. Miles Heapes of North Tahoe finished second with a time of 23:19.0 and Justin Ondry of Truckee rounded out the top three in 23:24.3.
Truckee’s Daniel Gelso placed fourth and was followed by teammates Stefan Benier in fifth, Austin Meng in seventh, Carson Lindsay eighth and Adam Wright 10th. North Tahoe’s Tom McElravey placed ninth.
In the girls’ race, Taylor set the pace with a time of 27:30.7 and was trailed by teammates Sophie Aaron (28:20.4) in second, Lauryl Rudolph in fifth, Robyn Bath-Rosenfeld sixth and Annika Deurlington seventh.
Sage Clark led the Laker girls with an eighth-place finish, while Michelle Cahill placed 10th, Maiya Greenwood 11th, Nicole Ramm 13th and Julia Levy 14th.
In the boys open division, Truckee’s Jordan McElroy captured the top spot, while North Tahoe’s Carson Clark placed second and Truckee’s Evan Dion third. On the girls’ side, Truckee’s Erica Larusson took third and North Tahoe Shelby Foster fourth.
Patrick McElravey of North Tahoe Middle School won the boys’ Intermediate race and was followed by Alex Kopytko of Alder Creek, which captured the second through eighth place. Laurel Fiddler and Maren Hauter, both of North Tahoe Middle School, finished one-two in the Intermediate girls race, and Alder Creek’s Olivia Duner was third.
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