Skeleton Viking ski team brings home six medals
Even with only a skeleton team, the South Tahoe Vikings managed to take home some medals from Saturday’s All League Nordic ski meet at Auburn Ski Club.
The Vikings only traveled nine skiers, but still managed to make their presence felt in the 6K skate race on a very hilly course by taking a total of six medals.
“It was so bad that some of the downhills might have well been on an alpine course,” Viking coach Julia Peyser said.
Tough course or not, Jeff Keock qualified for the Junior Olympics with his sixth-place finish in the boys’ varsity race. Although it was a league meet and not a qualifier, Keock’s time still qualified him for the JOs.
“That’s really, really good news for Jeff,” Peyser said. “He’s been working very hard. He has been really committed and focused on qualifying.”
Only one minute separated Keock’s sixth-place time and the top finisher in the race and he took home a medal for the Vikings.
South Tahoe’s second finisher was Adam Matzinger, while Graham St. Michel was the third Viking to finish.
“Graham was right on Adam’s heels,” Peyser said. “They have a little inter-team rivalry going on there.”
Ansel Robinson was the top junior varsity finisher for the Vikings, and was followed by John Goldman and Chris Detarr. All three skiers won medals with their finishes.
Marin St. Michel was the only varsity girls performer and she raced with the top skier at the competition. St. Michel’s hard work paid off with a tough finish.
“This was a very good challenge for her out there,” Peyser said. “She worked really hard.”
The JV girls team took home two medals when Samantha Urch and Lily Tam were the two top Viking finishers.
Despite only taking nine competitors, Peyser was pleased with the outcomes of her team.
“They did an excellent job on a very tough course,” the coach said. “I skied the course and managed fall a couple of times, so I was impressed.”
The team is back in action when the Vikings travel to Tahoe Donner on Friday.
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