Nordic teams nearly sweep division races
The South Tahoe Nordic ski team forced a little precipitation of its own Friday afternoon, as the girls and boys teams hurled down the course on their way to impressive finishes at a skate race at Camp Richardson.
Mammoth won the overall boys team competition, defeating South Tahoe by two points. Mammoth’s Jason Martin scored top honors with a 15:44 time, followed by teammate Dustin Stehlik in second.
“Everybody worked hard. I think most of them had a good time Friday. I was very happy,” said STHS coach Lynn Harriman. “I was sad that Mammoth beat us by two points, but that’s how it goes sometimes.”
Viking freshman Jeff Koeck continued to impress, nailing down third place with a 16:14 mark.
“Jeff had a great race and he’s moving right along,” Harriman said. “We’re trying to encourage him to join the Far West (circuit) and try Junior Nationals next year. I think he’s looking forward to it.”
Vikings Corey Martin (fifth), Ryan Nibouar (sixth) and Dan Matzinger (eighth) complemented Koeck’s third-place effort. In the junior varsity boys race, South Tahoe’s Adam Matzinger finished third.
South Tahoe captured first in the girls race, despite Lee Vining’s Jessica Ford grabbing top individual honors with a 17:02 finish. Viking racer Denise Bogard earned second with her 20:08 time, followed by STHS skiers Mindy Manglinong (fourth), Nicole Fruitman (fifth), Lisa Orr (sixth) and Nicole Smith (eighth).
Friday’s race consisted of teams strictly from the CNIF’s South division, including Mammoth, Lee Vining and Rite of Passage. Roughly 40 skiers compete in the South Division, Harriman said, a fact that makes the Vikes’ upcoming full league (North and South) races much more interesting for her skiers.
“I think they can see where they stand a little better,” said Harriman of the expanded field that will be represented at a Friday classic race at Spooner and at the state championships Feb. 27 at Auburn Ski Club. “I think it helps motivate them a little better. It keeps them going.”
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