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Koeck leads STHS cross country team at Kirkwood

Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune STHS cross country team members, in back row from left to right, Shayna Butler, Jeff Meagher and Conner Alexander; and in front row are Mary Kurek, Kate Lambdin and Kayla Hudson.

Greg Koeck led the South Tahoe High boys’ varsity Nordic team by finishing ninth in a time of 12 minutes, 32 seconds on Friday at the 5-kilometer Kirkwood Relays at Kirkwood Cross Country Center.

Jeff Meagher was right behind Koeck in a time of 12:37 and finished 10th for the Vikings, who finished third in the unofficial team standings. Truckee’s Alex Taylor took first in 11:19 and led the Wolverines to a first-place finish. Nevada Union placed second.

Conner Alexander, a first-year varsity racer for South Tahoe, finished 18th in a time of a 14:44.

“Overall, I was really pleased with how we did at our home meet,” said STHS coach Scott Hudson. “The boys did a real good job. Pretty much the top 13 racers at these meets are all the Far West Junior Olympic racers.”

In the junior varsity girls’ race, the Vikings’ Kate Lambdin finished eighth in 18:15 and was followed by South Tahoe’s Kayla Hudson in 10th (18:21), Mary Kurek 11th (19:00) and Shayna Butler 23rd (23:12).

Forty-five racers competed in the girls’ race, while 30 racers competed in the boys. Eight teams competed in the event.

“It was a very good showing for our girls because we were really stacked up at the top,” coach Hudson said. “It was a pretty successful race for our team. It was really good snow conditions.”

In the middle school 3K Nordic races at Kirkwood, South Tahoe’s Matt Olivares placed seventh out of 45 racers in a time of 8:08. He was followed by David Wise, who finished eighth in 8:12; Grant Middlebrook, who finished 29th in 9:40; and Justin Dalton, who placed 42nd in 11:32.

In the JV girls’ race, Ashley Killeen took 10th in 9:35, Alexis Holmes 26th in 10:55, Rebecca Sanders 31st in 11:28 and Shannon Colleton 33rd in 11:34.

Next up for the South Tahoe Nordic teams are the Truckee Sprints on Friday at 3 p.m. at Truckee High School.

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