Over 200 skiers enjoyed the warm sunny condtions at Tahoe Donner XC to race in the Sierra Skogsloppet. Far West Nordic junior Austin Meng won the men’s 15km with a time of 34:45, followed by University of Nevada Winter Sports Club director and Far West Nordic coach August Teague. Farm Team racers Elias Bucher and Gus Johnson were 3rd and 4th for the men. In the women’s 15k Kari Rust took 1st with a time of 41:10, followed by Farm Team racer Kara LaPoint in 2nd, and Beth Thomas took 3rd.
The Skogsloppet is the 2nd Junior Olympic qualifier of the season and the juniors were out in force. Annika Taylor won the Juniors 10k race, followed by Cassidy Cichowicz in 2nd, and Benjamin Kaye in 3rd. In the Junior 5k race Katrin Larusson took 1st, followed by Sam Zabell and Christian Shane. The 2k race for the younger juniors was won by Haydn Halvorsen and Sina Arnold was 1st girl and 2nd overall.