Michigan Tech freshman Jessie Smith won the 9.6 Km Holiday Classic in 33:03 on Saturday at the Boyne Valley Lodge in Walloon Lake. Close behind were members of the Baic family: Milan Baic came in second in 33:19, followed by nephew Brendan Baic in 34:30. (Full results at end of article)
Another (maiden name) Baic, Ivanka Berkshire, won the women's 9.6 Km in 46:09 while father Vojin Baic cheered her on. Amy Todd and Susan Joslin were second and third in 47:40 and 1:12:59.
Ivanka Berkshire heading for a win at the Holiday Classic
Kaitlyn Patterson and Alex Hawke were the fastest juniors in the 5.3km event at the Holiday Classic, a warm up for upcoming Junior Olympic Qualifiers.
The forecast for the weather was atrocious and most likely responsible for the small turnout: rain and highs in the mid to upper 40's. The temperature came in as predicted, but the rain was a no-show. There was little to no wind, but many skiers remarked on the huge air temperature differences on the course: racers would pass through zones of cold air followed by zones of balmy warm air. Fog would periodically roll in then roll out. Sometimes the fog was quite heavy.
The lead group of juniors at the top of the first little climb at the Holiday Classic at the Boyne Valley Lodge. Kaitlyn Patterson (299) went on to a convincing overall win. Alex Hawke (293) was first in the J2 men"s division, Maria Frick (272), Hannah Meachum (282), and Rachel Swaffer (273) finished 1-2-3 for the J1 women.
The tracks were soft before the race, the snow very soft for pole plants. As the tracks were skied in , first by the juniors, then the 1st of two laps by the seniors, the track become harder, faster, and finally glazed. Kick became more of an issue on the glazed track by the final senior lap.
The top three men all used hairies (the kick zone roughened with sandpaper then covered with a liquid lubricant like silicon or Toko HelX). The majority of skiers used klister for kick or skied on no-wax skis.
Team NordicSkiRacer Bill Kaltz lost a basket in the first 50 yards of the race. After getting a pole from a junior racer at the 1km point, Bill went on to win his age class.
|PLACE||BIB||LAST NAME||FIRST NAME||CITY||Dist||TIME||RANK|
5.3 Km Event
|J2 Female 14-15 - 5.3 Km|
|J3 Female 13 & Under - 5.3 Km|
|J1 Female 16-17 - 5.3 Km|
|OJ Female 18-19 - 5.3 Km|
|J2 Male 14-15 - 5.3 Km|
|J3 Male 13 & Under - 5.3 Km|
9.6 Km Race
|Female 20-45 - 9.6 Km|
|Female 46 & Over - 9.6 Km|
|J1 Male 16-17 - 9.6 Km|
|OJ Male 18-19 - 9.6 Km|
|Male 20 To 44 - 9.6 Km|
|Male 45 To 55 - 9.6 Km|
|Male 56 To 60 - 9.6 Km|
|Male 61 & Over - 9.6 Km|