Miners wrap up regular season
On Friday, the Nevada Union Cross Country ski team competed in the CNISSF Kirkwood Classic race at Kirkwood Cross Country Resort near Carson Pass.
All 13 team members completed the 5-kilometer course, the last regular race of the season for the Miners. State CNISSF championships will be held next Friday and Saturday at Auburn Ski Club at Donner Summit.
NU senior Laura Rodrigues has been named to the Far West Junior Olympic team. Skiing in four Junior Olympic Qualifier races, Rodrigues joins 33 other athletes who are scheduled to travel to Anchorage, Alaska in March to compete in the Junior Olympics.
On Friday, Rodrigues finished 10th out of 21 skiers in 20:33.
“We have a fairly small team this year, but they all support each other and have competed in a great variety of races this season,” said NU coach Adam Lawrence. “The Kirkwood race is a longer classic race through varied terrain and demands a different set of skills from previous races, such as the skate sprint or the shorter relay course.
“We’re looking forward to next week’s state championships to see just how much each skier has improved his or her times and technique over the course of the season.”
In the varsity boys competition, Chris Greiner placed 17th with a time of 21:04. In the high school open boys division, which included 18 finishers, Joe Rodrigues finished 14th in 24:33 and Matt Murray finished 18th in 33:11.
In the girl open division, consisting of 32 finishers, NU’s Anina Lawrence finished 11th in 24:36; Maya Coopergard finished 12th in 24:56; Emilee Spencer finished 19th in 26:07; Laura Pontious finished 20th in 26:30; Shiloh Fish finished 21st in 27:08; Kelsey Brennan finished in 22nd place in 27:27; Malin Husefest finished 25th in 29:05; Molly Hardesty finished 26th in 30:20; and Morgan Prentice finished 30th in 32:21.
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