Johnston, Cichowicz lead STMS Nordic team at Auburn |

Johnston, Cichowicz lead STMS Nordic team at Auburn

Doug Smith / Special to the TribuneSouth Tahoe High's Lisa Johnston cruised to an open class victory Jan. 8 at the Auburn Ski Club.

South Tahoe High’s Nordic team is off to a promising start in the California/Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation season.

At Auburn Ski Club on Jan. 8, the Vikings produced the winner of the girls’ open division and also had a top-10 finisher in the girls’ varsity race.

Cassidy Cichowicz of the Vikings was seventh out of 16 girls in the varsity class, finishing the 5K race in 14:23.7. Winner Anika Taylor of Truckee was timed in 12:35.7.

South Tahoe’s Lisa Johnston handily won the open girls’ division 5K with her time of 15:25.3. Teammates Tiffany Racz and Christy Walowit were ninth and 10th, respectively, in 17:15.8 and 17:17.0. South Tahoe’s depth included Janelle Spandau in 12th, Kaylee Kalinowski in 16th, Kate Albrecht in 19th, Kate Carlson in 20th, Liana Novak in 21st and Madeline Dant in 32nd.

David Wise led the STHS boys by placing 11th in the varsity race with a time of 12 minutes, 46.9 seconds. South Tahoe’s Erik Cramer and Tyler Meyers were 11th and 12th, respectively, in the open boys’ class with their times of 14:10.0 and 14:28.9. The Vikings’ Kyle Wilkinson finished 18th in 16:47.5 and Leighton Cook 21st in 18:13.9.

Topping South Tahoe Middle School’s cause was Kyle Swain in ninth place in a 71-racer field. His time of 7 minutes 22 seconds was only 15 seconds off the boys’ winning time. Seventh-grader A.J. Marino was 12th despite competing most of the race without poles, Chas Carlson came in 34th and Jack Suglian was 36th. In the middle school girls’ race, Tatum Whatford and Ally Swain led South Tahoe by placing 24th and 26th, respectively, in 9:03.7 and 9:13.9. Kerry Norton was 31st, Grace Bronken 34th, Molly Dant 36th, Mikela Mangiarcina 42nd and Rebecca Novak 43rd.

The local programs will participate in a nostalgic race on Friday at Sugar Pine Point State Park in Tahoma. The West Shore Legacy Classic Nordic race is being held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Squaw Valley Winter Games. Middle School racing starts at 10:30 a.m. and high school racing follows.

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