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Miners compete at state meet

The Nevada Union Cross Country ski team raced its way through last week’s California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation Nordic State Championships with consistency and style.

The state championships, held at Auburn Ski Club, required racers to ski two circuits of a 2.5-kilometer course on each of two days of racing. On Friday, skiers raced on classic skis over the course and then, on Saturday, racers repeated the course on skate skis for an overall combined time ranking.

Only Friday’s results tallied for league rankings. Winnowed down to only 10 racers by illness and time conflicts, the junior varsity girls’ team nevertheless captured third place for their league.



Senior Laura Rodrigues, NU’s sole varsity girls skier, finished 12th in a field of 19 varsity girls with a combined time of 45:46.

In the Open Girls class, 27 skiers vied for top ranking. Anina Lawrence earned a medal for her 12th place finish with a time of 50:27. Laura Pontious finished close behind, in 16th place with a time of 51:45. Kelsey Brennan secured an 18th place state ranking in her class with a time of 53:43. Emilee Spencer finished in 56:20 for a 20th place ranking and Maya Coopergard finished in 56:20, good enough for a 22nd place finish. Freshman Prentice Morgan finished out her first season of competitive skiing with a 26th place state ranking, clocking a total time of 1:15:46.




In the boys’ races, senior Chris Greiner was NU’s only varsity contender for the state title. In a very competitive field, he finished with a combined race time of 38:38 for a 20th place state ranking.

Freshmen Joe Rodrigues and Matt Murray skied in the Open Boys class and finished 33rd and 36th, respectively. Rodrigues time was 48:08 and Murray finished in 1:04:31.

Laura Rodrigues will move on to the Junior Nationals competition as part of the Far West J1 team. She competes in March in a series of races to be held this year in Anchorage, Alaska.


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