Martin crosses country for cross country |

Martin crosses country for cross country

South Lake Tahoe skier Cory Martin has gone cross-country to ski cross country.

Martin, a South Tahoe High senior, was 64th today in the USSA J1 (age 17-18) 10K Nordic race at the Junior Olympics in Jackson, N.H. Martin finished the freestyle race, his first at nationals, in 27 minutes, 36.9 seconds, or four minutes off the winning pace. Intermountain region racer Leif Zimmerman was fastest out of the 74-skier field, winning in 23:34.2.

“We’d say he was 17.1 percent back from the winner of his age category, so that’s good,” said Martin’s coach, Lynn Harriman, who also coached Martin on South Tahoe’s cross country ski team. “He felt, himself, like he had a good race, and that’s what counts.”

Martin had to cope with a changed format. Rainy weather in New Hampshire forced race officials to change the format, moving the schedule ahead so racers wouldn’t have to deal with a deteriorating course. Martin also has had to battle the change in elevation. Racers who descend from higher locales for races typically can breathe easier at lower elevations, but have problems with lactic acid building up in their muscles, making the skiers sluggish. Plus, Martin had to deal with fierce winds that picked up and hammered the racers in the middle of the starting order – where he started.

“He skied against the wind and he battled hard,” Harriman said. “He had a good race for him.”

Truckee’s Louis Van Blarigan had the best result among the Far West Region cross country racers at the event. But Harriman expects the next race could go even better for her young charge. The schedule continues Wednesday with a 15K classic-technique race.

“I think Wednesday is going to be a lot better day, all-in-all, for him,” Harriman said. “He had a good race. He skied really well.

“We’re looking for better things to come on Wednesday.”

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