Tahoe athletes to compete in NCAA Skiing Championships
Of the 27 Nordic athletes from the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) competing in the NCAA Skiing Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colo., this week, three are Tahoe locals: Patrick McElravey and Peter Holmes from North Tahoe High School and Katrin Larusson from Sugar Bowl Academy.
McElravey, a junior at Middlebury College, returns to the NCAAs after representing the Panther men in Lake Placid last year. He is Middlebury’s top male at 15th overall in the East (10th in freestyle). McElravey’s season included two top-10 finishes in the 10K freestyle. McElravey missed two carnivals this season with an injury but was back for the final races on his home course.
Holmes, a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire, is making his first NCAA appearance representing the Wildcats. He competed at World Juniors last year. Holmes posted the team’s top individual score six times with six top-10 finishes. Holmes is ranked seventh overall in the East and was named to the All-East Second Team.
Larusson, a junior at the University of New Hampshire, is competing in the NCAA Championships for her third year in a row. She earned the Wildcat women’s top score six times, including the season’s last five races.
Larusson earned two top-five finishes and seven top-10s, including a second-place time in the classic leg of the two-day pursuit in Lake Placid. Larusson and teammate Lizzie Gill also took first place in the classic team sprint-relay at Colby. She is ranked 11th overall in the East.
The “carnival” season evolved from Dartmouth’s original 1909 Winter Carnival and from college Outing Clubs throughout the Northeast. Currently, EISA’s 15 college skiers (Nordic and alpine) meet for six weekends (carnivals) in January and February, hosted by a different school each week.
Other Tahoe locals earning berths in the NCAA competition are alpine skiers Riley Plant (Sugar Bowl Academy) and Garret Driller (North Tahoe High).
Plant, a sophomore at Middlebury College, is returning to the NCAA Championships for his second year. Plant enjoyed three top-10 finishes this season.
Driller is a sophomore at Montana State University who is returning to the NCAA Championships with his Bobcat teammates for a second year as well.
The championships will be hosted by the University of Colorado, Boulder. Alpine events will run at separate venues in Steamboat Springs. The men’s and women’s giant slaloms will be held March 9 at Mt. Werner, with the men’s and women’s slaloms conducted March 11 at Howelsen Hill.
Nordic events will be held at Howelsen Hill. The women’s 5K and men’s 10K freestyle races will take place March 10. The women’s 15K and men’s 20K classic races will be held March 12.
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