Truckee nordic teams cruise to fifth consecutive state title
Though it may have lacked the drama of the boys’ race, the varsity girls’ race brought nonetheless just as sweet a victory, as the 8-0 TTHS girls, led by Jenny Rassuchine, cruised to their fifth consecutive state title.
Rassuchine’s 22:09.0 finish was a full minute ahead of North Tahoe’s Anne Sporh in second.
TTHS senior Christina Harvey placed fourth in 24:12.5, only 17 seconds behind Lee Vining’s Jessica Ford.
Truckee’s Kristie Davis took fifth, while Susan Linglebach, Kim Collins and Elia Burrill took eighth through 10th, respectively.
“Jenny had a great race,” said head coach Olof Carmel.
Rassuchine wraps up her high school racing career with an unprecedented 27-1 record and four consecutive state titles. The only race she lost was in her freshman year.
Rassuchine’s high school performances go down as California Nevada Interscholastic Ski Federation records.
“They (years at TTHS) were the best,” said Rassuchine. “I wish I didn’t have to leave.”
The junior varsity girls also sealed another state title, with the top nine finishers in the JV race being Truckee girls.
Kelly Collins won the race in 27:02.6, which would have been good enough for an 11th-place finish if plugged into the girls’ varsity race.
“The future for the team looks bright,” said Carmel. “Truckee and North Tahoe have incredible junior development programs from first grade on up, which should lead to some great Truckee-North Tahoe rivalries in the future.”
Carmel said 12 eighth-graders will join the TTHS team next year, while the team will lose only a handful of seniors.
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