Sugar Bowl Academy cross country | Cichowicz, Meng lead Fighting Marmots |

Sugar Bowl Academy cross country | Cichowicz, Meng lead Fighting Marmots

The newly formed Sugar Bowl Academy cross-country team held its own against more than 30 schools and hundreds of runners from Northern California and Nevada at the North Tahoe Kiwanis Invitational this past Friday.

Notable finishes for the Fighting Marmots included Cassidy Cichowicz in the varsity girls’ race, as she finished 13th in a field of 152 runners, and Austin Meng for the boys, who finished 17th in a field of 232.

Cichowicz posted a time of 24 minutes and 37 seconds on the 5,300-meter course, while the winning girl, Brooke Ruppenthal of Ponderosa, finished in 22:41. Meng finished in 20:46 in the boys’ race, which was won by Ponderosa’s Riley Ruppenthal in 18:37.

and#8220;It’s the biggest race I’ve done since the state meet last year,and#8221; said new Sugar Bowl Academy student Alec Wiltz, who finished 74th. and#8220;It was actually kind of nice having a wide track with that many people.and#8221;

Sugar Bowl head coach Jeff Schloss said the school’s move to field a cross-country team this year and#8220;seems to be a great fit for the school.and#8221;

and#8220;We are able to engage in excellent running competition while incorporating it into our ski training,and#8221; he said. and#8220;Running is great training for all types of skiing, and especially for Nordic skiing, so this cross-country running should enhance our ski training while giving the athletes some extra race experience.and#8221;

The North Tahoe Invitational was the largest in its 35-year history, said longtime North Tahoe head coach Warren Mills.

and#8212; This article was e-mailed to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at

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