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January 18, 2012
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Incline Nordic skiing | Vomund, Swick post quality results in first race

The high school Nordic ski season is finally under way — thanks to a little help from an alpine venue.

Following cancellations of the first two races due to a lack of snow on the cross-country trails, the CNISSF season kicked off this past Friday with the Sugar Bowl Uphill held on the slopes of Sugar Bowl Resort.

The race featured a grueling uphill course that sent racers climbing the Nob Hill run.

While Incline was represented by a small contingent of racers, they made the Highlanders proud with their quality individual results.

Sophomore Evan Vomund led the Highlanders with a third-place finish in the varsity boys' race. He posted a time of 5 minutes and 16.7 seconds as Truckee's Jordan McElroy won in 4:54.9 and North Tahoe's Shane Christian was second in 5:14.4.

On the girls' side, Incline senior Melanie Swick finished seventh in a time of 6:56.9. Sugar Bowl Academy racers swept the top four spots, with Laurel Fiddler placing first among varsity girls and 10th overall in 5:57.6. Katrin Larusson was second in 6:06.7, Danielle Navinski was third in 6:22.4 and Cassidy Cichowicz fourth in 6:23.

Mariposa Gollery also competed for Incline, finishing 16th in the open girls' division (junior varsity) in a time of 11:58.2. Amanda Kirkeby of Mammoth won the open girls' division in 6:44.6.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 18, 2012 04:11PM Published Jan 18, 2012 04:08PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.