South Tahoe’s Alec Jobbins wins TBSL race at Alpine Meadows
ALPINE MEADOWS, Calif. — The South Tahoe alpine ski team took on a short course last Thursday — and produced its first individual top overall finish of the season in the process. The Vikings’ boys team placed second and the girls team took fourth in the Tahoe Basin Ski League giant slalom race at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, highlighted by a first-place finish from junior Alec Jobbins.
“It was a short course, but due to the lack of snow we were lucky to have it,” Vikings head coach Kristi Leonard said.
Jobbins won with a combined time of 1:03.36 over two runs — he beat Truckee’s Max Wingard by less than three-tenths of a second. Last season, Jobbins didn’t compete due to injury — he placed fourth in the first race of the season.
As a team, the Vikings boys had 190 points and finished tied for second with Truckee. North Tahoe won the race with 197 points — the Vikings and Lakers tied for first at Mammoth Mountain on Dec. 15.
Senior Grant Swift was South Tahoe’s next best finisher, placing 12th with a time of 1:09.78. Freshman Logan Langemeier took 14th with a time of 1:10.15 and junior Trenton Leonard rounded out the Vikings’ top four by skiing a 1:10.65 to place 16th — a best-ever finish.
Seven Vikings skied in the boys varsity race last Thursday. Seniors Bryce Kortge (30th place, 1:17.69), Austin Allen (34th, 1:18.85) and Logan Brewer (44th, 1:30.29) rounded out the STHS contingent — Austin Allen finished 10th on his second run after falling on the first run.
On the girls side, South Tahoe took fourth with 174 points — the Vikings sent only six down Alpine Meadows’ Kangaroo. Truckee won the race with 212 points, North Tahoe took second and Incline placed third.
Natalie Allen was the Vikings’ top finisher at Alpine Meadows — the senior placed seventh with a time of 1:09.82. South Tahoe’s top four included sophomore Rose McDonough (12th, 1:12.44), senior Abi Killebrew (14th, 1:13.47) and freshman Lyndsey Allen (21st, 1:17.29).
Senior Teagan Grant finished just outside the top four last Thursday, placing 23rd with a time of 1:18.23. Senior Jade Child checked in at 26th by completing her runs in 1:20.39 — Child joined the Vikings’ varsity team this winter after not skiing for her first three years at South Tahoe.
“It was an incredibly strong finish for never even seeing a set of race skis until the first race,” Leonard said of Child.
In the junior varsity boys race, South Tahoe swept the podium and took nine of the top 10 spots. Freshman Weston Swift won the race with a time of 1:16.69, junior Garrett Knudson took second (1:17.04) and sophomore Lex Merrifield came in third (1:20.18) — Swift and Knudson scored varsity marks in their first time competing as Vikings.
Thursday’s race capped a busy week for South Tahoe, which started Monday, Jan. 5 with slalom practice at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. Two days later, the team practiced giant slalom at Sierra-at-Tahoe before returning to Heavenly Mountain Resort for night practice in both disciplines — the day after the race, they were back at Sierra-at-Tahoe for practice.
“This amount of time on skis is paying off,” Leonard said. “The entire team’s level of support for one another is incredible — the advanced competitors take the time to break down technique and offer support for our developmental skiers.”
South Tahoe returns to competition Thursday at Alpine Meadows for a duals race. The race is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
See more photos from last Thursday’s race at http://www.lefrakphotography.com.
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