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Schmalz and Dawson win a crazy Krazy Klassic

Michigan Cup: Krazy Klassic

Mon, Jan  21, 2013 - By Mike Muha

"Everything that could have gone wrong, did."

As race director for the Priority Health Krazy Klassic cross country ski race, those were not the words I was wanted to hear.

"But don't worry, everything is fixed."

Yes, once again Adam Haberkorn, Bill McConnell and the rest of the crew at Huron Meadows Metropark snatched a grooming victory from the jaws of defeat.

After a week of beautiful skiing on the man-made snow covering Buck's Run, Saturday's high temperatures turned the course to ice as the thermometer dropped. The high winds overnight with 50-60 mph gusts didn't help.

"I got to the park at 3:30am. The first thing I had to do was move the tree blocking the main road. Then there were two trees that had blown over across the course that had to be moved. Next, we used the plow on the front of the groomer to push debris to the side of the trail. Then the groomer broke. Then we spent two hours breaking up the ice with the other groomer. Then we found out the power was off in the ski center. We have a generator, but the power cable and plug were frozen. I have a propone heater on them right now. And Bill is out setting the final track right now."

The plug was eventually thawed and the power came on. And the race went off on time with plenty of snow and a pair of set tracks. (There's a reason this race is called the "Krazy" Klassic....)

Counting to 9

The course was the same as the one used last week for the Frosty Freestyle: We started on a wider section of trail leading from the ski center to the main loop, skied 9 laps, and finished at the ski center. Last week, a number of racers (including me) got a bit confused and did the wrong number of laps. This time, we were prepared: Bill sat in the heated groomer (it had been repaired enough to move the the beginning of the lap) and showed large kilometer markers through the window. On the "bell lap", he sounded a Freon horn to make sure the leaders knew they were on the final lap.

Although the gusts of 50-60 mph were gone, there was still a stiff breeze blowing at the start, with temperatures just under 20F. The snow on the course was abrasive: anyone who did not iron in a layer of green klister as a base lost their wax in the first couple laps.

Many of the top racers, realizing they might not hold onto their wax and that they wouldn't be climbing because course was flat, opted to doublepole the entire course and not use kick wax at all. It was the fast decision.

And out of nowhere...

Last week at the Frosty Freestyle, Alison Crocker came out of nowhere to ski with the top men and finish 3rd overall (men and women). This week, Martin Schmalz came on to the Michigan Cup racing scene for the first time ever, holding off Dan Yankus to take the win the 10k Krazy Klassic. Schmalz skied in Germany, lived in New Jersey for the past five years, and moved to Ann Arbor this summer to teach Finance at the University of Michigan Business School. And he knows how to ski.

Yankus tried to pass Schmalz coming into the finishing stretch but fumbled on some icy snow, finishing 1 second (or less) behind Schmalz's winning time of 25:49. Jon Morgan was just seconds behind for third in 25:55. Yankus and Morgan both race for Team Priority Health and for Team NordicSkiRacer. (Schmalz was quickly recruited as a member of Team NordicSkiRacer.)

In the women's race, Team NordicSkiRacer's Karen Dawson held off Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop' Hilary Witbrodt to take first. Dawson skied in 34:54. Witbrodt had a fall during the race but still finished in 35:25. Priority Health/Team NordicSkiRacer Amy Kostrzewa took third in 37:24.

Only one junior raced: Garrett Ruffner was first in 54:46. Garrett races for Team NordicSkiRacer.

Results:

Women
Overall
Name City Age Age
Place
Total
Time
Pace Bib
Number
1 Karen Dawson Farmington MI 50-59 1 34:54 5:37/M 1042
2 Hilary Witbrodt Auburn MI 30-39 1 35:25 5:42/M 1035
3 Amy Kostrzewa Northville MI 50-59 1 37:24 6:01/M 1028
4 Catarina Gulledge Roscommon MI 20-29 1 42:05 6:46/M 1036
5 Linda Weeks Grayling MI 50-59 2 42:17 6:48/M 1056
6 Clare Tanner East Lansing MI 40-49 1 46:18 7:27/M 1070
7 Jo Keeling Ann Arbor MI 40-49 2 46:30 7:29/M 1045
8 Angela Bowers Augusta MI 40-49 3 49:31 7:58/M 1033
9 Julie Johanningsmeier Howell MI 50-59 3 51:01 8:12/M 1071
10 Gwenn Stevenson Lake Orion MI 40-49 4 1:00:11 9:41/M 1040
11 Carole Merwin Weidman MI 60-69 1 1:00:24 9:43/M 1030
12 Beth Caldwell Ann Arbor MI 70-79 1 1:06:31 10:42/M 1053
13 Julie Hewlett Tecumseh MI 50-59 4 1:12:04 11:35/M 1061
Men
Overall
Name City Age Age
Place
Total
Time
Pace Bib
Number
1 Martin Schmalz Ann Arbor MI 20-29 1 25:49 4:09/M 1032
2 Daniel Yankus Walled Lake MI 30-39 1 25:50 4:09/M 1034
3 Jon Morgan Milford MI 40-49 1 25:55 4:10/M 1041
4 Ken Dawson Farmington MI 60-69 1 26:44 4:18/M 1043
5 Alex Smith Ann Arbor MI 20-29 1 27:01 4:21/M 1067
6 Doug Heady Ann Arbor MI 50-59 1 27:32 4:26/M 1039
7 Allen Sorgenfrei Bloomfield Hills MI 40-49 2 28:07 4:31/M 1060
8 William Kaltz Pinckney MI 60-69 2 29:24 4:44/M 1024
9 John Britton Zanesfield OH 50-59 2 29:25 4:44/M 1029
10 Douglas Cornell Corunna MI 50-59 3 29:41 4:46/M 1038
11 Theo Von Wallmenich Alma MI 40-49 3 30:24 4:53/M 1026
12 Randy Kessler Milford MI 50-59 4 30:56 4:58/M 1055
13 Mike Muha Wixom MI 50-59 5 31:25 5:03/M 1023
14 Bill Haefner Clarkston 70-79 1 31:48 5:07/M 1054
15 Lee Ries Howell MI 60-69 3 31:57 5:08/M 1027
16 Jeffois Moore Northville MI 50-59 6 32:13 5:11/M 1049
17 Anthony Percha Commerce Twp MI 50-59 7 33:25 5:22/M 1058
18 Mike Temkin Troy MI 40-49 4 33:28 5:23/M 1065
19 Tim Cook Freeland MI 40-49 5 33:47 5:26/M 1072
20 Mark Madorski Leonard MI 50-59 8 34:02 5:28/M 1050
21 Daniel Rimer Farmington MI 50-59 9 34:29 5:33/M 1073
22 Adam Danes Northville MI 40-49 6 35:20 5:41/M 1048
23 Douglas Ball Linden MI 50-59 10 35:56 5:47/M 1052
24 James Gobeski Plymouth MI 60-69 4 36:22 5:51/M 1066
25 Marvin Boluyt Ann Arbor MI 50-59 11 36:54 5:56/M 1059
26 Brett Dowdican New Baltimore MI 40-49 7 38:04 6:07/M 1047
27 Brad Plymale Northville MI 40-49 8 39:09 6:18/M 1051
28 Spencer Ruffner Tecumseh MI 60-69 5 40:29 6:31/M 1063
29 Stan Dinkel Brighton MI 20-29 2 40:31 6:31/M 1044
30 Scott Hoffner Brighton MI 20-29 3 40:56 6:35/M 1046
31 Greg Merwin Weidman MI 60-69 6 41:21 6:39/M 1031
32 Mark Abbe Saginaw MI 50-59 12 41:38 6:42/M 1022
33 Steve Vannocker East Lansing MI 40-49 9 42:07 6:46/M 1069
34 Chris Pike Northville MI 50-59 13 42:15 6:48/M 1025
35 Gary Faria Northville MI 60-69 7 48:04 7:44/M 1057
36 Bruce Thompson Whitmore Lake MI 60-69 8 1:05:36 10:33/M 1064
37 Marvin Stevenson Rochester MI 70-79 2 1:08:38 11:02/M 1037
Boys
Overall
Name City Age Age
Place
Total
Time
Pace Bib
Number
1 Garrett Ruffner Tecumseh MI 14-15 1 54:46 8:48/M 1062