Denney wins ridge run |

Denney wins ridge run

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

Craig Denney ran to first place at the 31st annual Ponderosa Ridge Run trail race from Spooner Summit to Kingsbury on Saturday.

Denney finished the 9.5-mile route across the mountain tops from Spooner Summit to Kingsbury in a time of 1 hour, 41 minutes and 43 seconds.

Chris Haines, 53, finished second overall in 1:44:07. Haines, a Gardnerville resident, skied in the 30- and 50-K Nordic events at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck.

Valeri Friedland was the first woman and third overall finisher in 1:56:18.

Lee Morris was fourth overall (2:02:08), followed by Gary Dobrenz (2:02:53), Joseph Rousse (2:13:23) and Frank Perry (2:27:08).

Patty Cyr from St. Louis was eighth overall and the second woman in 2:28:22.

Among the race highlights was South Lake Tahoe’s Alan Simmons, three months shy of his 70th birthday, who became the oldest finisher in the history of the event as he came across the line 10th overall in 2:50:13. This was a comeback of sorts for Simmons, who last ran the race in 1976.

Tahoe swimmers excel

The Tahoe Swim Club hosted an invitational swim meet last month at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Complex. The event, sanctioned by USA/Pacific Swimming, attracted nearly 400 swimmers from 14 different California and Nevada swim clubs.

Tahoe swimmer Francisco Marin captured high points in the boys 9-10 year age group, winning seven of his 10 events. Zack Powers took first place in the 25, 50 and 100 freestyles and 100 breaststroke to claim high points in the boys 17-18 age group, while Melissa Anstett won high points in the girls 17-18 age group with first places in five events.

Natalie Turner, 15, took first place in the 25 backstroke and second place in four other events. Cassandra Marin, Brooke King, and Sierra Forvilly consistently finished in the top 10 for events in the girls 7-8 year age group, as did Luca Genasci and Albert Reed in the boys 11-12, and Hannah Kropf in the girls 13-14 age group.

– Provided to the Tribune

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