South Tahoe High finds hospitality at Mammoth race
South Tahoe High’s cross country ski team found out how accommodating its hosts really were on Friday in Mammoth Lakes.
Repeated chaining of the team’s bus during a wintry mix of driving conditions en route to Mammoth caused the Vikings to show up late for most of its CNIF Southern Division races at Mammoth Tamarack Lodge.
However, division officials permitted the late-arriving Vikings to complete the course afterward.
“They really bent over backward to accommodate us,” said STHS coach Julia Peyser, whose normal 3-hour road trip to Mammoth became a 5-hour ordeal brought on by school bus needing to be rechained four times. “There was lots of adversity that day, but we got a special race of our own.”
Marin St. Michel, the Vikings’ lone varsity girls competitor, made her appointed starting time, but she didn’t have any time to produce any prerace butterflies.
“We waxed her skis and she was on the start line as soon as we got off the bus,” Peyser said.
St. Michel finished the 5-kilometer race 12th in 34 minutes, 41 seconds.
Viking boys varsity and JV skiers had the course to themselves as the tardy bus prevented them from making their starting times. Their results were recorded and inserted into the race order completed earlier.
Still, Peyser was pleased with their results and the wax selection of assistant coach Lynn Harriman.
“They should be proud of their performances, especially running into the race,” Peyser said. “We picked the right wax right off the bat because of Lynn.”
Jeff Koeck earned the Vikings’ best varsity finish, placing ninth in 28:22. The varsity race also saw STHS’s Adam Matzinger finish 14th in 32:38, Graham St. Michel come in 16th in 33:18 and Amir Misagie take 24th in 43:13.
Ansel Robinson had the highest finish of any Viking racer, coming in seventh (36:07) in the boys junior varsity race. Also cracking the top 10 for STHS were Ryan McCleod, eighth, 41:11 and Chris Detarr, 10th, 43:18.
Samantha Urch led the Viking girls JV with her 11th-place finish in 41:09 and Shauna Rogers placed 19th in 51:31.
Team scores weren’t available at press time.
The STHS Nordic team continues it season with the all-league skate at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Auburn Ski Club.
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