STHS nordic skiers await results from Kirkwood race |

STHS nordic skiers await results from Kirkwood race

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

South Tahoe High School’s Nordic ski team gave a good effort in competition at Kirkwood last Friday under beautiful sunny skies.

Unfortunately, the team still doesn’t know where it finished in the standings or how it stacked up against other area schools.

A message on the nordic prep website,, where the standings are posted following competition offers this:

“Dear coaches, athletes and parents, because of some significant discrepancies within the results from the timing crew we have removed the high school results from the site until they are all sorted out. Sorry for any inconvenience.”

STHS nordic coach Heather Van Dyke said there appeared to be nothing out of the ordinary when the team departed the meet.

“When we left there it seemed that everything was fine,” Van Dyke said. “I don’t know if maybe something happened after we left or what.”

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Van Dyke said meet officials are probably reviewing the rules for Nordic prep races for a way to resolve the situation.

Without firm results, no statistics were available for this report. However, Van Dyke had some good things to say about her young athletes.

In boys varsity, STHS’s Tyler Rieger and Greg Koeck, who finished a tight seventh and eighth place in a divisional meet at Northstar last week, again crossed the finish line together in either seventh and eighth, or eighth and ninth place, Van Dyke said.

“A couple stayed back because of school, so we were a little shorthanded,” she said. “The course we were on was really good. The way it was set up, they had a couple of really good hills and the meadow. The difficulty was definitely there and I think it challenged a lot of our racers. It was very technical.”

The team’s lone girl, Heather Neuman, also finished the race and is making improvement.

“She finished and that was her goal: Be the turtle, not the rabbit,” Van Dyke said. “We wanted her to work on her technique, take her time and just finish. This is her first year in the sport and she’s improving with every race.”

On the junior varsity, Jeff Meagher “finished with a really good push,” she said.

“At the end there was this huge hill they had to climb,” she said. “One of our assistants placed herself at the top of the hill and I was at the finish. When he came through, he had passed the boy he was racing with and he said it was because (our assistant) was there cheering him on.”

Van Dyke also commended Arnaldo Salcedo.

“Every race we’re doing he’s getting stronger and stronger,” she said.