Prep Nordic racing: Truckee’s Kennedy, Taylor win final CNISSF event of regular season
Truckee’s Russell Kennedy and Annika Taylor raced to top CNISSF finishes for the second straight week in the North Tahoe Pursuit this past Friday.
The pursuit race ” the final race of the season before Ski Skate Week and the State Championships on Feb. 27-28 ” sent skiers on a 3-kilometer classic loop followed by a 4K skate loop, with skiers’ transitions added to their total time.
Truckee’s boys captured the top four spots and eight of the top 10 in the varsity competition.
Taylor took first with a time of 23:03 and was followed by teammates Daniel Gelso (23:28), Justin Ondry (24:02) and Austin Meng (24:05).
North Tahoe’s Tom McElravey placed fifth in 24:14, while Truckee’s Adam Wright took sixth in 24:17 and was trailed by teammates Alex Hamilton (24:22), Stefan Benier (24:33) and Carson Lindsay (24:44). North Tahoe’s Miles Heapes rounded out the top 10 in 24:52.
In the varsity girls race, Taylor was one of three Wolverines in the top five, posting a winning time of 27:35 to Mammoth skier Kathi Kirkeby’s 28:43. Annika Deurlington of Truckee was third in 29:23 and Lauryl Rudolph fourth in 29:50.
Michelle Cahill led the Laker girls with a sixth-place finish in 30:44, while Sage Clark finished seventh in 30:47. Truckee’s Allie McDaniel was eighth with a time of 30:57.
Truckee’s Jordan McElroy won the boys open division and was trailed by North Tahoe’s Carson Clark and Truckee’s Zeke Vandehei, while in the open girls race, North Tahoe’s Shelby Foster took the top spot and was followed by Erica Larusson of Truckee in third.
North Tahoe Middle School’s Patrick McElravey won the boys intermediate race, and Katrin Larusson of Alder Creek Middle School won the girls race.
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