South Tahoe shoots lights out in biathlon
The South Tahoe Naval Junior ROTC program hosted a run-and-shoot biathlon recently at South Tahoe High School.
Forty athletes from Churchill County, Incline, Reed, and South Tahoe high schools competed in the event, which required participants to run three 1/2-mile laps and shoot 15 metal knock-down targets. Each successful hit results in a 20-second time deduction, with awards being presented to those athletes with the fastest course times.
Medalists from South Tahoe included Natalie Gomez, first-place freshman female division; Gil Navarro, first-place freshman male; Josh Wesson, third-place freshman male; Billy Heath, second-place upperclass male; and Chris Vizcaino, fifth-place upperclass male.
Of the forty participants, nine recorded perfect shooting scores, including South Tahoe’s Gomez and Heath.
Summer biathlon is a program of the United States biathlon Association, the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of winter biathlon. Summer biathlon combines trail running and rifle marksmanship and is a spin-off of the winter Olympic version of cross-country skiing and shooting.
The first summer biathlon was held in 1987 in Memphis, Tenn.; such events are now regularly held throughout the United States and abroad and culminate in annual national and international championships.
South Tahoe NJROTC, in its ninth year at South Tahoe High School, is an NJROTC Distinguished Unit and is run by retired Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Matt Williams and retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Ted Beverage. South Tahoe will host a snowshoe biathlon at South Tahoe High School on February 7, 2004, for cadets from seven Army and Navy Junior ROTC units.