TTHS cross-country skiers prepare for state races |

TTHS cross-country skiers prepare for state races

Despite placing five boys in the top-10 at Spooner Ski Resort last week, the Tahoe-Truckee High School boys’ varsity cross-country ski team placed second overall to Nevada Union in a 6K classic all-state race.

NU’s Zach Violette, Ian Case and Dana Mossman took the top three spots, respectively.

Together with David McKay (20th), NU narrowly beat Truckee 266-264, with North Tahoe finishing third.

For Truckee, Louis Van Blarigan was fourth, Nick Sterling seventh, Josh Bennett eighth, Chris Waller ninth, Jesse Steverman 10th and Justin Popov 11th.

“All season the boys’ races have been incredibly close between the three teams,” said Truckee coach Olof Carmel. “We’ve all taken turns being on top. This Saturday’s showdown should be very exciting.”

Carmel said it is key for Truckee to place two of its top boys in the top five finishers.

If they can manage that, Carmel said, “we should have a very good chance of defending our title.”

Truckee boys and girls have each won the state title the last five years in a row.

“It’s not going to be easy,” Carmel said. “Zach, Ian and Dana are all excellent classic skiers.”

Girls’ races

In the girls’ varsity race, freshman standout and Junior Olympic qualifier Betsy Van Blarigan completed her best race of the season, finishing just 30 seconds out of first place for third.

Elia Burill was sixth; Shannon Lankenau, seventh; Dawn Vanscoy, 12th; Allison Bergen, 13th; and Justyn Cooper finished 14th.

In overall results, Truckee girls finished second to the North Tahoe squad, with Nevada Union finishing third.

“Betsy had an excellent race,” Carmel said. For the first time this season, she finished ahead of a few of the North Tahoe girls. She is a classic specialist and could do very well at state.”

Teams from Truckee, North Tahoe, Nevada Union, South Lake Tahoe, Mammoth, Incline, Colfax, Placer, Lee Vining and Right of Passage competed in the event at Spooner.

The state championship meet kicks off at 10 a.m. at Auburn Ski Club Saturday.

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