South Tahoe Nordic ski races at Mammoth Mountain, Maxwell delivers 13th-place finish
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. — The South Tahoe Nordic ski team traveled south to compete at Mammoth Mountain on Friday, Feb. 5. The Vikings raced in the CNISSF Mammoth Classic at the resort’s Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, led by a 13th-place finish from senior Orion Maxwell.
A clear day and sunny skies greeted racers for the classic race. Temperatures were in the low 30s for the high school race’s mass start — skiers took two laps totaling six kilometers.
Maxwell took 13th by skiing a 24:36, and was South Tahoe’s top overall finisher. Senior Paul Hoefer was next for the Vikings, placing 18th with a time of 26:22. Senior Daniel Sandborn (21st, 26:59), senior Mario Mangiaracina (22nd, 27:07), junior Kyle Ferguson (24th, 27:23) and freshman Christopher Hoefer (25th, 27:24) rounded out the team’s top six.
“I was very pleased to see how our top six varsity skiers are beginning to come together as a solid team,” Vikings head coach Mark Hoefer said.
Freshman Ryan Newberger (29th, 29:07), sophomore David Holmes (30th, 29:08), senior Chase Stalter (32nd, 29:39) and junior Max Morgan (34th, 31:15) also skied in the varsity race at Mammoth. Six South Tahoe skiers competed in the JV race, led by junior Matthew Barnett (10th, 32:35).
On the girls side, senior Ally Swain led the way with a top-20 finish. Swain skied to 17th placed with a time of 30:10.
“Ally is the first to let you know that classic skiing is not her favorite,” Hoefer said. “But she continues to improve her technique, making her a strong all-around skier.”
Senior Kylee Lyons (22nd, 34:10) and sophomore Jessie Brown (23rd, 34:39) rounded out the Vikings’ girls varsity contingent at the event. In the JV race, four South Tahoe girls skied led by sophomore Theresa Sandborn (seventh, 37:52).
South Tahoe returned to action Friday, Feb. 12, in the North Tahoe Pursuit Race at Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area. The CNISSF State Championships are scheduled for Feb. 27 at Auburn Ski Club.
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