Truckee, North Tahoe 2-3 in Alpine race
The Truckee High Alpine ski team remains firmly in control of first place in the Tahoe Basin Race League after Wednesday’s slalom at Sierra-at-Tahoe. North Tahoe and South Tahoe are tied for second place in the overall season standings.
The race, which North Tahoe assistant coach Scott Everist said was fast and steep, was won overall by South Tahoe with a combined score ” boys and girls totals ” of 333 points. Truckee was second with 314 and North Tahoe right on the Wolverines’ heels with 311. Douglas was fourth with 248, Incline fifth with 184 and Whittel sixth with 138.
Truckee’s boys placed first, while the South Tahoe boys team was second and North Tahoe third.
South Tahoe’s girls team was first with 175 points, followed by North Tahoe with 157 and Truckee with 153.
Individually on the girls’ side, Truckee’s Brandie Macken won her fourth consecutive race with a combined time of 1:28.01, more than four seconds ahead of second-place Justeen Ferguson of South Tahoe.
“She’s smokin’,” said Pat Mooney, co-head coach of the Wolverines. … “She destroyed the field.”
And with a perfect four-for-four record in the win department this season, Macken’s performance has even surprised her coaches.
“We knew she’d do well (entering the season), but we had no idea she would dominate this strongly,” Mooney said.
Paul Smith, co-head coach of the Wolverines along with Mooney, added that the last Truckee racer to start a season so well ” Stacey Cook ” is now on the U.S. Alpine Ski Team.
Michelle Delumyea of Truckee was fifth in 1:33.92 and North Tahoe’s Christina Lane was sixth in 1:37.68.
Kaitlin McMillan (1:39.10) was next for North Tahoe in ninth place. Jana Lane (1:43.77) was 11th for the Lakers, Taylor Pasvantis (1:53.31) 13th, Adrienne Ash (1:53.34) 14th and Charlotte Henn (1:54.01) 15th. Truckee’s Melissa Popnoe (1:56.40) and North Tahoe’s Michelle Zarick (1:59.08) finished 17th and 18th.
The Truckee boys were led by Max Salinger’s second-place finish in 1:20.38, while Kevin Scardigli of North Tahoe was sixth in 1:29.45.
Danny Kruck (1:30.17) of Truckee was seventh, Tyler Fiddler (1:31.89) of North Tahoe was ninth, and Truckee’s Duncan Lowder (1:34.62) and North Tahoe’s Brian Gimbert (1:35.92) were 11th and 12th, respectively.
Truckee’s Andrew Straw (1:39.25) was 15th, followed in sync by Ryan Hackbarth (1:39.44) and Kyle Lowis (1:39.63) of North Tahoe and Michael Kruck (1:40.34) and Trevor Smith (1:40.69) of Truckee.