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    Lander girls win nordic ski meet near Yellowstone; LVHS boys second

    Cody High School hosted a pre-Christmas break nordic ski meet at Pahaska Tepee just outside of Yellowstone National Park this weekend. The conditions were nearly perfect during the Friday/Saturday event with plenty of snow, excellent temperatures, and lots of sunshine.

    There were over 150 competitors on each day despite quite a number of missing skiers due to the beginning of the holiday season. Friday was the 6.4 Kilometer “freestyle” race while Saturday was the 8 Kilometer “classic” technique.
    Friday’s first finishers were the very fast duo of KK Sandall and Molly Fehringer of Lander with third place being grabbed by Sammy Veauthier of Kelly Walsh. KK finished 35 seconds faster than her teammate in a blistering run.
    The boys top finishers on Friday were Ben Radosevich from Natrona, Kaleb Simonson from Lander and Radosevich’s teammate Adam Pickett from Natrona. These three were separated by less than one minute at the finish.
    Saturday saw another stellar performance from Radosevich from Natrona but was followed closely by Zane Sandall from Lander who was about 6 seconds behind the winner. Sandall’s teammate Kaleb Simonson had an excellent performance on Saturday taking 3rd place to go with his 2nd place Friday finish.
    The female standouts on Saturday were all Lander Tigers who took the top three spots. Molly Fehringer took first place edging out her teammate KK Sandall who had another fantastic performance just a few seconds behind Fehringer. Lander’s Kate Wilmot had one of her best races to date taking 3rd place in an excellent performance.
    The overall boys team scoring saw Natrona taking the top spot followed closely by the Lander boys crew.
    The girls team results saw a dominating performance from the Lander girls team. The Natrona girls were a distant second place in the team scoring.
    Complete results are available on the High Plains Nordic website at highplainsnordic.org
    The teams will all take a short break from competition and begin preparation for their upcoming races hosted by Pinedale High School at the Pinedale Nordic Center near the White Pine Ski Area which take place January 4 and 5.
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