Prep Nordic skiing: Truckee’s Kennedy, Nelson win Kirkwood Freestyle
Truckee’s Russell Kennedy and Bernie Nelson raced to first-place finishes for the second straight week in a wet and sloppy Kirkwood Freestyle this past Friday.
Kennedy, a junior, was one of seven Truckee boys to finish in the top 10, while on the girls’ side the Wolverines captured the first four places and six of the top 10 in the third CNISSF race of the season.
Through rainy conditions that eventually turned to slushy snow, Kennedy took the top spot in the varsity boys 5-kilometer race with a time of 11:15. Miles Heapes of North Tahoe finished second with a time of 11:23, and was followed by Truckee skiers Daniel Gelso (11:26), Austin Meng (11:28), Stefan Benier (11:33), and Adam Wright (11:51). Truckee’s Alex Hamilton and Justin Ondry finished ninth and 10th, respectively.
Nelson, a senior, set the standard in the varsity girls race, finishing in 12:26. She was followed closely be teammate Annika Taylor (12:29), who was trailed by Truckee’s Sophie Aaron (13:47) and Annika Deurlington (14:37) in third and fourth, followed by Lauryl Rudolph (14:51) in sixth and Allie McDaniel (15:20) in ninth.
Sage Clark led the Laker girls with a seventh-place finish in 14:58. Teammate Michelle Cahill took eighth, while Nicole Ramm (15:41) was 11th, Maiya Greenwood (16:09) 14th and Julia Levy (16:19) 15th.
In the 3K middle school competition, North Tahoe’s Patrick McElravey captured the top spot on the boys’ side with a time of 8:43 and was followed by Alder Creek skiers Alex Kopytko (8:54). Alder Creek and North Tahoe took the top 24 spots in the race.
Katrin Larusson of Alder Creek placed first in the middle school girls race with a time of 9:26, and North Tahoe’s Laurel Fiddler was second in 9:47. Alder Creek and North Tahoe took the top 12 spots.
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