Prep Nordic skiing | Auburn Ski Club hosts North Tahoe Pursuit |

Prep Nordic skiing | Auburn Ski Club hosts North Tahoe Pursuit

Submitted PhotoRacers head out in a mass start in the North Tahoe Pursuit, which was held at the Auburn Ski Club on Friday.

Truckeeand#8217;s Jordan McElroy recorded his fourth win of the CNISSF Nordic season in an exciting North Tahoe Pursuit on Friday, and Katrin Larusson led a top four sweep by the Sugar Bowl Academy in the varsity girlsand#8217; race.

The race was hosted by the Auburn Ski Club.

Led by freshman Eli Yaleand#8217;s top-10 overall finish, Truckee boys took first through third place in the open race, while in the middle school division, Alder Creekand#8217;s girls dominated the competition by sweeping the top 11 spots. The North Tahoe Middle School boys took the top three spots.

In the varsity race, McElroy posted a winning time of 14:27.02 to edge North Tahoeand#8217;s Patrick McElravey, who finished runner-up in 14:27.37.

Peter Holmes of North Tahoe rounded out the top three in 15:13.05 and was followed by Sugar Bowl Academy freshman Sam Zabell in 15:46.98. Truckeeand#8217;s Alex Kopytko and Branden Deeter were sixth and seventh, respectively, North Tahoeand#8217;s Shane Christian was eighth and Sugar Bowl Academyand#8217;s Peter Carroll was 10th.

Among varsity girls, Katrin Larusson of the Sugar Bowl Academy claimed the victory in a time of 17:15.69. She was followed by three teammates and#8212; Laurel Fiddler (17:54.07), Cassidy Cichowicz (18:19.73) and Joelle Romo (18:51.76) and#8212; as Truckeeand#8217;s Gabrielle Rinne was fifth in 18:54.09.

Danielle Nivinski of the Sugar Bowl Academy placed sixth and was followed by Truckeeand#8217;s Skyler Flora in seventh. Emily Nall led the North Tahoe varsity girls in 10th place.

The Alder Creek girls again left no doubt who was in control in the middle school girlsand#8217; division. The Cougars have regularly placed between 10 and 14 skiers in the top 15, including Friday when they had 12 of the top 15 finishes. Truckee head coach Jon Halvorsen has taken notice of the success by the Wolverinesand#8217; feeder school.

and#8220;Truckee High School has a bright future, since our only two varsity skiers this year are both ninth-graders and a bunch of these top Alder Creek girls will be freshmen at THS next year,and#8221; Halvorsen said via e-mail.

Alder Creekand#8217;s Hannah Halvorsen easily won the middle school girlsand#8217; race in a time of 8:20.88, while teammate Lizzie Larkins was second in 9:07.67 and Jenna Rohlf was third in 9:10.45. They were followed by fellow Cougars Kyla Burrill, Brianna Parker, Mia Winans, Olivia Yale, Brenna Scott, Claire Lang-Ree, Syra Fillat and Jessica Lebedeff.

In the middle school boysand#8217; race, Dylan Syben led the North Tahoe top-three sweep in a time of 7:17.26 as teammates Julien Bordes (7:22.86) and Brandon Herhusky (7:28.57) came in second and third, respectively. Skyler Mullings of the Sugar Bowl Academy was fourth, followed by Alder Creekand#8217;s Andrew Clusserath and Colin Deurlington, North Tahoeand#8217;s Cody Atwood and Harrison Goss, and Alder Creekand#8217;s Casey Jobe.

Eli Yale won the open boysand#8217; division while finishing ninth among all high school racers. Truckeeand#8217;s Brandon Flora and Aaron Deeter were second and third in the open division. Amanda Kirkeby of Mammoth won the open girlsand#8217; race as Savannah Blide of the Sugar Bowl Academy and Ingrid Roske of North Tahoe were second and third.

Find complete results from the race at and a photo gallery at

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