South Tahoe alpine ski places 3rd at Alpine Meadows slalom
ALPINE MEADOWS, Calif. — In its first slalom race of the season, the South Tahoe alpine ski team battled a nearly team-wide illness to deliver a solid result. The Vikings finished third while sending 22 skiers down Alpine Meadows’ Kangaroo in the Tahoe Basin Ski League race held last Thursday, Jan. 15.
“Many had missed the school week and race from the flu,” Vikings head coach Kristi Leonard said. “Many shouldn’t have raced due to being out most of the week.”
South Tahoe’s girls team came in third place led by a third-overall finish from senior Mikaela Clothier. Clothier combined for a time of 1:24.50 over two runs, moving into a podium spot with her second run.
Sophomore Rose McDonough was the Vikings’ next fastest skier, placing 14th with a time of 1:38.56. South Tahoe siblings Natalie Allen and Lyndsey Allen also earned points while finishing next to one another in the results — senior Natalie took 17th by skiing a 1:41.78 and freshman Lyndsey came in 18th with a time of 1:42.63.
“Natalie and Lyndsey had some great sisterly competition,” Leonard said. “Little sister beat her the first run — big sister encouraged her the entire time, then made up the time in her second run.”
Last Thursday’s race marked the season debut for STHS senior Maia Bickert, who joined the Vikings between International Ski Federation (FIS) events for her first of two races. Bickert blew out on her first run before skiing a 41.04 on the second run — the second-best time of the day on the girls side and third overall.
Senior Abi Killebrew also raced for South Tahoe’s girls team on Kangaroo. Killebrew was disqualified on her first run and turned in a 52.32 on the second run — the 21st-best time of the second round.
On the boys side, the Vikings placed third — three of the top four individual spots belonged to North Tahoe. Senior Austin Allen was the fastest STHS skier in the race, placing sixth with a time of 1:24.86.
“Austin ran a great race,” Leonard said.
Junior Alec Jobbins finished just behind Austin Allen despite racing sick. Jobbins took seventh with a time of 1:25.26 — sophomore Tristan Deatherage (10th, 1:28.16) and senior Grant Swift (13th, 1:30.73) also earned points for the Vikings last Thursday.
Freshman Weston Swift made his varsity debut at Kangaroo, and skied to a 23rd-place finish with a time of 1:50.44. Freshman Logan Langemeier (26th, 1:54.87) rounded out the Vikings’ varsity contingent.
In the junior varsity boys race, South Tahoe’s Lex Merrifield won with a time of 1:54.76 — the sophomore placed 25th overall. Sophomore Nick Coolbaugh, senior Justin Cain, sophomore Jackson Kuzmik and junior Moises Cuevas also competed for the Vikings in the JV race.
South Tahoe returned to action Wednesday at Heavenly Mountain Resort for duals.
The Vikings will take the slopes at Heavenly’s World Cup for duals again next Monday — the race is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
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