South Tahoe Nordic team competes in two weekend races |

South Tahoe Nordic team competes in two weekend races

The South Tahoe High School’s Nordic ski team competed in two races over the weekend, placing third in a seven-team field in a Boreal distance race on Saturday.

Head coach Heather VanDyke said the team finished in third place in an 8K distance race on Saturday morning at Auburn Ski Club / Boreal.

“We were really, really excited (by the finish),” said VanDyke, noting the performance of the team’s only girl, Heather Neuman, in her first distance race ever, as well as freshman Greg Koeck, who raced for the first time on the varsity team after competing earlier in the season for junior varsity.

Tyler Rieger was the top finisher in 11th place for South Tahoe with a time of 26 minutes, 2 seconds in a dual-interval start. Koeck placed 13th in a very tight finish with a time of 26:4.

Also placing for the varsity team were Bryan Kurek, 20th; Alex Sharp, 23rd; Chris DeTarr, 25th and Alex Matzinger, 29th.

On Friday evening, the team competed in its first-ever sprint race at Donner Ski Ranch.

Though the team didn’t qualify as a unit to compete in the finals, several individuals did advance to the second round.

“It was more of an individual basis and some make it to the second heat,” VanDyke said. “The sprint was the first time in our league that they have had it, as far as I know. It was kind of a different experience for us. We don’t know if we like it too much.”

“The conditions were terrible. It was rainy and wet and dark,” said Becca Koeck, a team assistant. “The course wasn’t lit up and they couldn’t see where they were going, so I don’t think it was very much fun.”

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