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Nordic skiers honor Hudson at Auburn

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

They wore Team Hudson on their arm bracelets and T-shirts during a classic ski on Friday at Auburn Ski Club.

Five days after the passing of their Nordic ski coach, the South Tahoe High Vikings and South Tahoe Middle School Timberwolves had Scott Hudson in their thoughts as they competed in the Auburn Classic.

“It was such a beautiful day and everybody did their best,” said STHS coach Kathleen Whatford. “Our mantra the last few weeks has been: ‘What would Scott do? They always knew where to lead me, and I really appreciate what Scott had taught his kids.”

Competitors and coaches observed a moment of silence before their races.

In the varsity boys’ race, South Tahoe’s Tyler Myers placed 16th in 15 minutes, 1.9 second and teammate Erik Cramer as 18th in 15:39.1. Truckee’s Justin Ondry won the race in 12:03.

Vikings’ freshman Harley Norton took fifth in the open boys’ race with a time of 15:32. South Tahoe’s Kyle Swain placed eighth in 16:44.7, Chas Carlson was 16th in 17:52.9, Leighton Cook 21th in 18:39.3 and Gavin Garcia 23rd in 19:33.1.

In the girls’ open division, junior Lisa Johnston led the way for STHS, placing sixth in 18:19.7. South Tahoe’s Tiffany Racz was 11th in 19:36.2, Christy Walowit 12th in 19:36.9, Janelle Spandau 13th in 19:41.7, Molly Dant 15th, Liana Novak 16th, Madeline Dant 20th, Kate Carlson 21st, Emily Barnett 22nd, Karin Vacakis 35th and Kate Albrecht 38th.

Middle school results will appear in a future edition of the Tribune.

South Tahoe continues its meet season Jan. 14 at Royal Gorge.


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