Koeck places 10th in state XC meet
Jeff Koeck skied to a top-10 finish and three South Tahoe High girls finished in top six of the junior varsity race at the CNISSF state championships last weekend at Auburn Ski Club.
Koeck, a senior, finished 10th overall after combining his 5-kilometer skate and 5K classic results. He was sixth in the classic race with a time of 20 minutes, 6.5 seconds and was timed in 20:37.6 in the skate portion of the competition. His combined time was 40:43.6, which left him only 29 seconds out of sixth place in the tightly contested championships.
Teammate Jeff Meagher used the opposite formula to finish 11th. Meagher was stronger in the skate race, placing ninth in 20:04.7 and was timed in 21:22.2 in the classic race. His total time was 41:26.7.
“Greg and Jeff might have been a little disappointed about how things finished for them,” said STHS coach Scott Hudson. “Greg was sixth after Friday and got sick that night and dropped back. He was pretty beat and managed to get through it, and Jeff moved up a place or two on Saturday.”
Racing was held in tough conditions as heavy snow fell during both days.
Truckee’s Matt Gelso finished first in both disciplines, winning the classic race in 17:15.6 and the skate race in 17:23.4.
South Tahoe’s Conner Alexander, a first-year team member, was 23rd with a combined time of 49:02.8. Alexander was exceptional in the skate race, finishing 16th in 22:38.8.
“Too bad I didn’t have him for four year because he’d been a really strong skier had he been doing it,” Hudson said. “He went out with a real good skate race Saturday morning and moved up quite a bit in the standings.”
Truckee’s Bernie Nelson captured the girls’ varsity title, winning with a combined time of 40:28.2.
South Tahoe didn’t have any competitors at the girls’ varsity level, but the JV was a force with three girls in the top six. Kate Lamdin led the way in fourth place with a classic time of 27:03.3 and a skate time of 25:42. Her combined time of 52:45 left her three minutes behind winner Emily Stewart of Truckee.
Mary Kurek and Kayla Hudson were fifth and sixth, respectively. Kurek clocked in at 28:24.2 in classic and 27:12.8 in skate for a combined time of 55:36.8. Hudson was better in skate (27:41) and was right behind Kurek with a combined time of 56:00.
“They have been real consistent finishing together and that’s a real good thing,” Hudson said. “They’ll be ready to move up to varsity next year and it will be more of a challenge for them.”
STHS’s Shayna Butler placed 18th with a total time of 67:02.9.
Leading South Tahoe Middle School racers was Matt Oliveras in 16th place. For the girls, Ashley Killeen was 23rd, Alexis Holmes 25th, Rebecca Sanders 31st and Shannon Colleton 32nd.
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