STHS Nordic skiers recover from bad start for solid finish
South Tahoe’s Nordic ski racers survived a bad start to make a good finish Friday at in the penultimate race of their regular season.
South Tahoe’s top two boys in the race, Jeff Koeck and Cory Martin, rebounded from a crash soon after the start for top-10 finishes. Koeck and Martin both crashed in the bottleneck just after the mass start led into a left-turn bottleneck at the beginning of the California-Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation 5K freestyle race at Northstar-at-Tahoe.
Ian Case of Nevada Union (Nevada City, Calif.) finished the race fastest, with a time of 15 minutes, 5 seconds, ahead of second-place Louis Van Blarigan of Truckee (15:12), and Scott Hill of the Prosser Creek Charter School (15:15). Koeck was seventh in 16:30, and Martin 10th in 16:50, propelling South Tahoe into third in the boys race behind Truckee and North Tahoe.
“Cory actually made up a ton of time,” South Tahoe head coach Lynn Harriman said. “He did very well.”
Ryan Nibouar was 19th in 18:10 for the Vikings, and Adam Matzinger 21st in 19:43. Graham St. Michel led South Tahoe teammates Steve Moore, Ryan MacLeod and Amir Misaghi in the junior varsity race, finishing 15th in 20:59. South Tahoe’s JV boys were fourth overall.
Lisa Orr was South Tahoe’s top female varsity racer, taking eighth in 19:31. North Tahoe had the top two spots, with just two seconds separating winner Emily Robins (16:29), second-place Laura Spohr and third-place Jessica Ford of Lee Vining.
Marin St. Michel was 12th for South Tahoe’s varsity girls, while Samantha Urch and Dena Tam helped push the Vikings into second in the girls JV race.
“It was a tough break with the boys having such a bad start,” Harriman said. “It was kind of a bad course with a bad start, but they fought back well, and I was proud of them for that.”
The Vikings continue their CNISSF schedule on Saturday with a 7K freestyle race for the state championships at the Auburn Ski Club. The race will feature a dual interval start, which sends two skiers on course very 15 seconds. The girls start at 10:30 a.m., the boys at 11:15.
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