The Mammoth Middle School and Mammoth High School nordic ski teams have officially ended
their spectacular season. State Championships were held on February 22nd under clear, sunny
skies at Auburn Ski Club.
Mammoth High School sophomore Mia Karch skied to an impressive 9th place finish at State
Championships. She had a quick classic to skate ski transition, and finished both 3.3km loops of
the pursuit race, in time of 24:21.7.
The MMS girls team took 2nd place overall for State Championships and 3rd place overall for
the league. The 3.3km skate state championship race was led by Ella Walker (2nd) and Lila
Creasy (3rd), who finished within one second of each other. Olivia Karch (19th), CJ Andelman
(20th), Lucy Perry (36th), and Parker Andleman (45th) all skied fantastic.
The MMS boys team won both overall league and state championship titles. Dane Karch, who
also won the Truckee Sprint race on February 7th, skied to a first place finish and was named
the 2020 Middle School State Champion. We had several outstanding top ten finishes by Cabot
Godoy (3rd), Davin Wolter (5th), Cyrus Creasy (6th), Wade Perry (8th), and Mason Georgeson
(10th). Competition was tough but Jack Leonard (14th), who was only 1:39 behind first, led
Wyman Fisher (21st), Owen Czeschin (24th), Beckett Page (25th), Martin Walker (45th), and
Max Clark (54th) into the finish.
Throughout the season, Tahoe coaches commented not only on how fast Mammoth was skiing
but also how great their sportsmanship was. One would often find our athletes wishing
competitors good luck, congratulating peers after races, thanking race volunteers, and excelling
in school. All the nordic skiers received academic recognition this year, with many being on the
Principal’s List. Mammoth coaches, Ben Higgins, Kathi Kirkeby, Jeff Byberg, Nancy Fiddler, and
Chris Thompson are very proud of these athletes and excited to see where the future of
Mammoth Nordic goes.
Three Mammoth Nordic racers, Jared Mahler, Mia Karch, and Wade Perry, will be competing at
Junior National March 8th-14th in Truckee, California.
Written by Kathi Kirkeby [March 5th, 2020]
Heading into the Presidents’ weekend the Mammoth Nordic Team traveled to Midway Utah where the athletes competed in the Western Super Qualifier at iconic Soldier Hollow, site of the 2002 Olympic nordic competition. With hundreds of fellow competitors from across the western states, the team tested their legs on a challenging course against other top-notch skiers vying for spots for the Junior National Championships to be held in early March at Auburn Ski Club, California.
Friday was a daunting individual skate ski race on the former Olympic course. Great snow with warm and sunny conditions made for exciting racing conditions. Mammoth athlete Wade Perry raced a 5km in the U-16 boys race to a 92nd place. A cohort of Mammoth U-14 boys raced a 3.3km course, with Cabot Godoy finishing 7th place, Dane Karch in 17th, Davin Wolter in 21st, Cyrus Creasy in 31st, Jack Leonard in 51st, and Wyman Fisher crossing the line in 54th. Ella Walker represented the Mammoth girls U-14 team to a 46th place finish, and Mia Karch finished the same 3.3km course in 2nd place in the Novice Women category. Lila Creasy and Olivia Karch finished a 2km course for the U-12 group in 6th and 17th place respectively.
Saturday saw the athletes compete in a mass start classic distance race. A cold night and overcast sky in the morning kept trail conditions good despite the heavy use and warming temperatures. Mia Karch raced a 3.3km course in the Novice Women’s category to the top of the podium, besting her competitors for the win! Ella Walker finished the 3.3km U-14 race in 42nd place. The U-12 Mammoth girls raced a 2km course again, with Lila Creasy finishing in 8th place and Olivia Karch in 9th. Wade Perry once again raced a 5km U-16 event, this time to an 89th place. The U-14 boys had yet another strong showing with Cryus Creasy finishing in 11th, Dane Karch in 12th, Cabot Godoy in 14th, Davin Wolter in 25th, Jack Leornard in 43rd, and Wyman Fisher in 48th.
This weekend the Mammoth Team will be heading up to Truckee to compete in the CNISSF State championships at Auburn Ski Club. Go Mammoth Nordic!
Last Friday, January 17th, was an absolutely incredible day of racing at Sugar Bowl for the Mammoth Middle School Nordic team. Despite a long morning of travel and chain controls, Mammoth had strong skating legs and dominated the field.
The soft snow made for a tough skate race, but our kids were up for the challenge. Out of 93 middle school girl athletes, Mammoth’s Ella Walker took 2nd, followed by teammate Lucy Perry (34th). Ella and Lucy had strong starts and led the way out of the starting area for their respective grade levels.
The boys field had 93 racers, and all our athletes were in the top 16. The team was led by Cyrus Creasy in 1st place, followed by Davin Wolter (3rd), Cabot Godoy (4th), Mason Georgeson (6th), Wade Perry (7th), Jude Howell (10th), Jack Leonard (12th), Beckett Page (15th), and Owen Czeschin (16th).
Thank you to the dedicated parents and racers, who were on the road by 5:45AM, for an amazing day of racing! -Kathi Kirkeby, MMS Nordic Coach
Fresh snow and clear skies made for a great day of racing at Auburn Ski Club last Friday, January 10th. This was the first classic, individual race of the school season. Mammoth Middle School skiers dominated the competition with strong racing by all. Ella Walker (3rd) skied to the front of the 92 athlete field, followed Olivia Karch (10th), and Lucy Perry (36th). The boys team had several top ten finishers led by Cabot Godoy (2nd), who was followed closely by a near tie between Davin Wolter (3rd) and Cyrus Creasy (4th). Dane Karch (6th) and Jack Leonard (9th) rounded out the top ten. MMS boys were a force to be reckoned with Mason Georgeson, Wade Perry, Beckett Page, Jude Howell, Owen Czeschin, Wyman Fischer, Martin Walker, and Max Clark skiing fast and strong rounding out in the top 50 out of 93 racers -Kathi Kirkeby, MMS Nordic Coach
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