Nordic team goes to Boreal with full contingent |

Nordic team goes to Boreal with full contingent

Matt O'Neill

So this is was what a full team can do.

In recent races, South Tahoe nordic ski team has suffered from absent skiers due to finals and other school activities, but Saturday, the Vikings brought ten competitors to Boreal in blizzard conditions and took home seven medals.

Led by a third-place team finish for the boys varsity, South Tahoe enjoyed its best day under first-year coach Julia Peyser.

Junior Olympic qualifier Jeff Koeck was the top Viking boy finisher at 10th as all four South Tahoe skiers scored.

“It was a pleasant surprise for all of us,” Peyser said. “Third place is a great honor for both them and the team.”

Graham St. Michel was 16th, followed by Adam Matzinger in 17th and Amir Misagie in 26th.

Marin St. Michel was the lone girl Viking performer, and she took home a medal as well, finishing in 14th.

“She is a great diagonal skier, which helped in the weather,” Peyser said.

All the teams were besieged by the recent storm that hit the basin as they skied the race at 9,000 feet.

The junior varsity squads also turned in terrific performances as well. Both boy skiers, Ansel Robinson and Chris Detarr, brought home medals as well.

Three girls received medals as well. Lily Tam was the top JV girl at 11th, followed by Samantha Urch (13th) and Shauna Rogers in 14th.

The Vikings have one race remaining at Northstar-at-Tahoe. The race does not count towards league records and is a skate relay.

“It’s just meant to be fun,” Peyser said. “It’s one last chance for the kids to get together and have a good time.”

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