Vikings dominate Nordic races
The South Tahoe High Nordic ski team must feel at home on the road. The Vikings acclimated themselves quite well to the competition Friday at Incline’s Diamond Peak, capturing first (girls varsity) and second (boys) places in the five-kilometer classic race.
“I’m a little sad that our boys varsity (team) just missed beating Mammoth by one point,” Harriman said. “It was close. But overall, I’m very pleased.”
The event attracted five area schools (South Tahoe, Incline, Mammoth, Rite of Passage, and Lee Vining) and represented the Vikings’ only race since a relay-style race Dec. 18 at Kirkwood.
The girls squad topped the with 25 points, followed by Mammoth with 17 and Lee-Vining with 10. On the boys side, South Tahoe just missed the top spot with a 24-point overall finish. Mammoth eked out the team victory with 25 points, while ROP ended with five points.
Viking Lisa Orr pulled down second with a 29:52.05 mark, while teammate Mindy Manglinong captured fourth (33:73.55) and Nicole Fruitman fifth (34:17.06).
Harriman said Manglinong has improved dramatically from a 1997-98 season where the maturing racer often finished last in competitions.
“That’s really the best part of my job,” said Harriman of many of her developing racers. “You really get to see the changes and the growth. The year before might have been tough, but now they’re skating, sliding and gliding much better.”
The South Tahoe boys varsity team also placed its share of racers in the top five. Vikes Corey Martin (23:02.28), Dan Matzinger (23:43.63) and Tom Lurken (24:46.92) earned third through fifth places, respectively, in the tightly contested boys races. Mammoth’s Jason Martin recorded the day’s fastest time with a 21:41.98 time. The Viking boys JV also earned their keep, beating out ROP for a first place win. South Tahoe’s Adam Matzinger topped Vike racers with a 31:87.80 time.
South Tahoe will return to action at Mammoth Friday with a 11 p.m. skate race against Mammoth and Lee Vining.
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