LARAMIE – The Pinedale High School Nordic ski team strapped into their skis for the first time this season and began to tally up the kilometers at the Laramie Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10.
Friday’s action featured a 3x3-kilometer relay race followed by a 5-kilometer freestyle race on Saturday.
Pinedale’s team is young this year, with 12 freshmen and three sophomores.
“They are all picking up the technique quickly,” said Head Coach Holly Thayne. “Our top finisher in varsity girls on Saturday – Olivia Tolson – and our top male finisher – Fisher Mills – did a great job.”
On Friday, Tolson and freshmen Trayven Rouge and Alyce Hayward placed 13th in the girls’ varsity 3x3-kilometer relay. Freshman Bryn Arne, sophomores Marley Lance and Katie Belka took 15th place.
In the boys’ varisty 3x3-relay, Mills and freshmen Reece Woolwine and Kaden Bingham came in 28th place. Freshmen Aiden Bucy and Dylan Covert competed with an athlete from Cody and took 30th place.
Tolson led the Pinedale girls’ in the varisty 5-kilometer freestyle, clocking in at 21 minutes, 12 seconds. Arne placed 37th at 28:01 with Hayward in 39th at 32:35, Rouge in 40th at 34:10 and Belka in 41st at 43:10.
Mills took 49th place in boys’ varsity at 26:32, with Woolwine in 50th at 32:54 and Covert in 51st at 33:42.
The team hosts the Pinedale Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16-17, at the Nordic ski training trails near White Pine Ski Resort. Races begin at 1 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.