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Lakes of the North Ski Race Results

Mon, Dec  18, 2017 - By Curt Peterson

Exactly 101 racers and tourers participated in this year's Lakes of the North Freestyle, up from 68 last year. Held on Saturday, December 16, 2017, we were blessed with the best ski course conditions ever. This international event featured skiers from Michigan, St. Joseph Island Canada and Spain.

Lakes of the North grooming 

Alex Vanais blew the senior men’s field away from the first turn and finished the 7.3 km course in 19:22 which was 12 minutes faster than last year’s men’s time. Nobody was in sight behind him at the finish line. Jordyn Ross similarly distanced the rest of the women’s senior field.

There were many interesting achievements and observations from yesterday. Brenda Carlson Brown with her extensive training and fitness level from adventure racing over the summer clearly had the best race of her life finishing 2nd overall in senior women in a strong field of competitors. Great great job Brenda! In junior women, the race was won by Isabelle Thelan and just coming into the 13 year age group, Gwen Urbain showed she can race with the older kids, finishing 2nd. That was a nice performance. New to the race this year and winner of junior men’s was Ryan Miller followed by Carter Thelen and Joe Thuente. 

Pat Mallon at the finish

Pat Mallon at the finish

Well the older… Er mature men and women do race hard. The largest class of the day was Senior men 60 -69 and they had 4 of the top 20 competitors in the competition with Randy Bladel, Greg Worsnop, Don Camp and John Gravlin placing well. Also nice to see Wendy Anderson, a many time overall Michigan Cup winner returning to racing this weekend. And oh my gosh the 70+ mens division swelled to 7 this year with Bill Kaltz winning and finishing an astonishing 21st overall! Nice.

Cross country ski racing a family sport?… You bet. At the race yesterday we had Dietlef and Daniela, Dreezens, Tarras’s, Jeremy and Melinda, Joe (in a sling) and Jonie, the Petersons, Smiegels, Thuentes, Urbains, Coulters and exchange students from Spain, Joe and Brenda Carlson Brown, Patty Mallon and Gary Faria, John Gravlin and Tracy Harden, and the Gillis’s. This sport is growing and now with all the kids programs. Keep it up folks.

Please send any suggestions to improve or corrections to the preliminary results to curtpete@gmail.com

AGE CLASS RESULTS: WOMEN

Junior Women 13-19

First NameLast NameOverallGender placeAge Group PlaceClub
Isabelle Thelen 74   1 VSC
Gwen Urbain 78   2 VSC
Audrey Braund 82   3  
Maggie Cooney 83   4  
Ali Simpson 87   5  
Carmen Gomez de La Varga tour     VSC

Senior Women 20-29

Jordyn Ross 36   1 Grnst
Kathleen Kerr 49   2 VSC

Senior Women 30-39

Amanda Gillis 54   1 VSC
Ashley Tarras 75   2 VSC
Katie Damen tour   3  

Senior Women 40-49

Bridgett Thuente 57   1 VSC
Joanie Leppek 79   2 VSC
Carrie Urbain 81   3 VSC
Katie Armstrong 94   4 VSC

Senior Women 50-59

Brenda Carlson-Brown 40   1 HHCCSS
Cheryl Darnton 45   2 XCSHQ
Karen Kirt 50   3 VSC
Daniela Gebhart 51   4 HHCCSS
Wendy Anderson 55   5 XCSHQ
Ellie Johnson 62   6 GRNST
Amelia Hasenohrl 66   7 VSC
Melinda Mitchell 71   8 VSC
Paula Dreeszen 88   9 VSC
Gwenn Stevenson 89   10 XCSHQ

Senior Women 60-69

Tracy Hardin 42   1 HHCCSS
Gussie Peterson 60   2 VSC
Julie Bladel 63   3 GRNST
Lorraine Lund 69   4 HHCCSS
Nancy Morris 86   5 VSC
Fran Alves 93   6 VSC
Dea Danly 97   7 VSC
Patty Mallon 98   8 VSC

Senior Women 70+

Amelia Amy Wilks 91   1 VSC

AGE CLASS RESULTS: MEN

First NameLast NameOverallGender placeAge Group PlaceClub

Junior Men 13-19

Ryan Miller 61   1 VSC
Carter Thelen 64   2 VSC
Joe Thuente 65   3 VSC
Ben Thelen 67   4 VSC
Jack meyers 68   5 VSC
Woah Robitshek 72   6 VSC
Evan Coulter 77   7 VSC
Jack John Meyers 80   8 VSC
Ethan Roe 84   9 VSC
Henry Urbain 90   10 VSC
Gavin Ryba 96   11 VSC
Guillermo Herrera tour   12 VSC

Senior Men 20-29

Alex Vanias 1   1 Athletic Mentors
Sam Holmes 2   2 VSC
Eric Parrott 16   3 GRNST
Bill Ivan 18   4 XCSHQ

Senior Men 30-39

Kevin Tarras 4   1 VSC
Anders Gillis 9   2 VSC
Jamie Sommerville 12   3 VSC

Senior Men 40-49

Todd Vigland 10   1 VSC
Scott Howard 15   2 VSC
Charles Moore 20   3 NSR
Theo Van Wallmenich 32   4 XCSHQ
Bruce Daman 34   5 HHCCSS
Dan Brickert 70   6 HHCCSS

Senior Men 50-59

Milan Baic 3     VSC
Glen Goodman 6   1 VSC
Steven Smigiel 7   2 GRNST
Denny Paul 8   3  
Doug Cornell 17   5 NSR
Randy Smith 19   6 VSC
Bob Triebold 25   7 GRNST
Mike Temkin 29   8 CCSHQ
Tony Percha 30   9 NSR
David Hoyt 37   10 VSC
Joe Malecki 39   11 VSC
Jeremy Treadwell 46   12 VSC
Brad Miller 48   13 VSC
Bob Cooney 53   14 VSC
Paul Crowley 58   15 VSC

Senior Men 60-69

Randy Bladel 5   1 GRNST
Gregory Worsnop 11   2 GRNST
Don Camp 13   3 GRNST
John Gravlin 14   4 HHCCSS
Denny Polzin 22   5 VSC
Joe Brown 23   6 HH/CCSS
Robin Luce 24   7 HHCCSS
Dietlef Berndt 26   8  
Bryce Dreeszen 28   9 VSC
Mike Bourassa 31   10 HHCCSS
Duane Amato 33   11 VSC
John Kostrzewa 35   12 VSC
Rick Neier 43   13 XCSHQ
David Darnton 47   14 XCSHQ
Frank Nizio 52   15 NSR
Bill Danly 56   16 VSC
Gary Faria 59   17 VSC
John Hunter 76   18 XCSHQ
Brett Hood 85   19 VSC
Steven Holl 92   20 VSC

Senior Men 70+

Bill Kaltz 21   1 NSR
Tom Sutter 27   2 VSC
Steve Smigiel 38   3 GRNST
Ernie Brumbaugh 41   4 GRNST
Peter Johnson 44   5 GRNST
Hap Wright 73   6 VSC
Rich Wells 95   7 CCSHQ

OVERALL RANKINGS: JUNIORS

Junior Women 13-19

First NameLast NameOverallGender placeAge Group PlaceClub
Isabelle Thelen 74 1 1 VSC
Gwen Urbain 78 2 2 VSC
Audrey Braund 82 3 3  
Maggie Cooney 83 4 4  
Ali Simpson 87 5 5  
Carmen Gomez daaVar tour 6 6 VSC

Junior Men 13-19

First NameLast NameOverallGender placeAge Group PlaceClub
Ryan Miller 61 1 1 VSC
Carter Thelen 64 2 2 VSC
Joe Thuente 65 3 3 VSC
Ben Thelen 67 4 4 VSC
Jack meyers 68 5 5 VSC
Woah Robitshek 72 6 6 VSC
Evan Coulter 77 7 7 VSC
Jack John Meyers 80 8 8 VSC
Ethan Roe 84 9 9 VSC
Henry Urbain 90 10 10 VSC
Gavin Ryba 96 11 11 VSC
Guillermo Herrera tour 12 12 VSC

OVERALL RANKINGS: SENIORS

Overall Senior Women

First NameLast NameOverallGender placeAge Group PlaceClub
Jordyn Ross 36 1 1 Grnst
Brenda Carlson-Brown 40 2 1 HHCCSS
Tracy Hardin 42 3 1 HHCCSS
Cheryl Darnton 45 4 2 XCSHQ
Kathleen Kerr 49 5 2 VSC
Karen Kirt 50 6 3 VSC
Daniela Gebhart 51 7 4 HHCCSS
Amanda Gillis 54 8 1 VSC
Wendy Anderson 55 9 5 XCSHQ
Bridgett Thuente 57 10 1 VSC
Gussie Peterson 60 11 2 VSC
Ellie Johnson 62 12 6 Grnst
Julie Bladel 63 13 3 GRNST
Amelia Hasenohrl 66 14 7 VSC
Lorraine Lund 69 15 4 HHCCSS
Melinda Mitchell 71 16 8 VSC
Ashley Tarras 75 17 2 VSC
Joanie Leppek 79 18 2 VSC
Carrie Urbain 81 19 3 VSC
Nancy Morris 86 20 5 VSC
Paula Dreeszen 88 21 9 VSC
Gwenn Stevenson 89 22 10 XCSHQ
Amelia Amy Wilks 91 23 1 VSC
Fran Alves 93 24 6 VSC
Katie Armstrong 94 25 4 VSC
Dea Danly 97 26 7 VSC
Patty Mallon 98 27 8 VSC
Katie Damen tour 28 3  

Overall Senior Men

First NameLast NameOverallGender placeAge Group PlaceClub
Alex Vanias 1 1 1 Athletic Mentors
Sam Holmes 2 2 2 VSC
Milan Baic 3 3   VSC
Kevin Tarras 4 4 1 VSC
Randy Bladel 5 5 1 GRNST
Glen Goodman 6 6 1 VSC
Steven Smigiel 7 7 2 GRNST
Denny Paul 8 8 3  
Anders Gillis 9 9 2 VSC
Todd Vigland 10 10 1 VSC
Gregory Worsnop 11 11 2 GRNST
Jamie Sommerville 12 12 3 VSC
Don Camp 13 13 3 GRNST
John Gravlin 14 14 4 HHCCSS
Scott Howard 15 15 2 VSC
Eric Parrott 16 16 3 GRNST
Doug Cornell 17 17 5 NSR
Bill Ivan 18 18 4 XCSHQ
Randy Smith 19 19 6 VSC
Charles Moore 20 20 3 NSR
Bill Kaltz 21 21 1 NSR
Denny Polzin 22 22 5 VSC
Joe Brown 23 23 6 HH/CCSS
Robin Luce 24 24 7 HHCCSS
Bob Triebold 25 25 7 GRNST
Dietlef Berndt 26 26 8  
Tom Sutter 27 27 2 VSC
Bryce Dreeszen 28 28 9 VSC
Mike Temkin 29 29 8 CCSHQ
Tony Percha 30 30 9 NSR
Mike Bourassa 31 31 10 HHCCSS
Theo Van Wallmenich 32 32 4 XCSHQ
Duane Amato 33 33 11 VSC
Bruce Daman 34 34 5 HHCCSS
John Kostrzewa 35 35 12 VSC
David Hoyt 37 36 10 VSC
Steve Smigiel 38 37 3 GRNST
Joe Malecki 39 38 11 VSC
Ernie Brumbaugh 41 39 4 GRNST
Rick Neier 43 40 13 XCSHQ
Peter Johnson 44 41 5 GRNST
Jeremy Treadwell 46 42 12 VSC
David Darnton 47 43 14 XCSHQ
Brad Miller 48 44 13 VSC
Frank Nizio 52 45 15 NSR
Bob Cooney 53 46 14 VSC
Bill Danly 56 47 16 VSC
Paul Crowley 58 48 15 VSC
Gary Faria 59 49 17 VSC
Dan Brickert 70 50 6 HHCCSS
Hap Wright 73 51 6 VSC
John Hunter 76 52 18 XCSHQ
Brett Hood 85 53 19 VSC
Steven Holl 92 54 20 VSC
Rich Wells 95 55 7 CCSHQ