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Jessie Smith and Tracy Hardin take Boyne Highlands Classic

Results

Tue, Jan  6, 2009 - By Mike Muha

What a difference a day makes! Saturday's beautiful conditions for the Chestnut Valley Freestyle degraded to freezing rain and tricky course conditions for the 5 / 10 km Boyne Highlands Classic.

The race started 30 minutes late to allow people travelling over icy roads more time to arrive and prepare for the race. Fortunately, in the hour leading up to the start, the freezing rain stopped.

Many racers were very nervous about their kick wax choice. Klister? Hard wax? Hard wax over klister? Klister over hard wax? Waxless skis?

The Course

The course is relatively gentle for the first 5km - only a couple of longish (and fast) downhills but nothing really tricky (or so we thought). The second half of the course has a couple good climbs and several very fast descents feature hard turns. The track setter had mixed some of the frozen top layer with a more powdery under-layer creating a firm but forgiving track. The skate lane next to some of the tracks were quite slick, however, covered in a thin layer of ice from the freezing rain.

Boyne Highland Classic cross country ski race

Larry Kanaby (256) held on to beat Don Camp (254) and Bob Smith (155) at the finish by 2 seconds.
 

Making things a bit more difficult for conditions were double tracks leading down every hill. It would have been a bit safer to have removed the tracks in the fast corners rather than have racers have to deal with tracks when trying to negotiate corners at speed.

The double track over the rest of the course was welcome. And neither track was superior to the other, making it easy to pass (or be passed).

The Race

Because this race was both a Michigan Cup event and a Junior Olympic Qualifier for the Great Lakes District of CXC Skiing, there were a larger than normal contingent of skiers from the Upper Peninsula and Ontario.

Jesse Smith once again blasted around the course to win the 10km classic in 35:33 in a photo finish with mentor Milan Baic (35:34). Tom McFadden from Marquette was third in 36:34.

In the women's 10K, Strait Strider Tracy Harden took the win in 49:10. Grand Rapids Nordic's Amy Todd was second in 52:19, with Gussie Peterson third in 53:47

Boyne Highlands classic cross country ski race

Master skier James Doll (113) and Junior Zeb Johnston (250) duke it out in a doublepole sprint to the finish. At the end, it was youth over experience.
 

In the 5km event, Wendy Mihell of Sault Ste Marie was the fast girl, winning the J2 class in 22:09. Sister Ericka Mihell won the J3 class in 27:18, and Williamsburg's Maria Frick took the J1 class in 22:20.

In the boys race, Jack Carlyle of Sault Ste Marie took first overall and in the J2 class in 17:58. Blake Murray won the J3 class in 19:18.

There were numerous falls given the conditions, some from nervousness, some from snow snakes. There were a couple minor facial scrapes, an injured shoulder (get better soon Robin Luce!), one broken ski, and a broken pole. But everyone would have done it again.

Lunch was breakfast! Lots of eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, oatmeal, and rolls. People ate their fill and them some!

Results

PLACE BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME CITY TIME RANK
5 Km Classic
J3 Female 13 & Under - 5 Km
1 186 Mihell Erika Sault Ste Marie 0:27:18 14
2 212 Tomie Erin Sault Ste Marie 0:29:24 16
3 167 Reich Anna Sault Ste Marie 0:30:15 18
           
J2 Female 14-15 - 5 Km
1 294 Mihell Wendy Sault Ste. Marie 0:22:09 5
2 118 Brennan Brady East Jordan 0:24:28 9
3 234 Rickard Hannah Traverse City 0:25:34 10
4 235 Hinsenkamp Jane Traverse City 0:27:12 13
J1 Female 16-17 - 5 Km
1 275 Frick Maria Williamsburg 0:22:20 6
2 274 Swaffer Rachel Traverse City 0:22:47 7
3 131 Irvine Maija Sault Ste Marie 0:27:21 15
J3 Male 13 & Under - 5 Km
1 260 Murray Blake Marquette 0:19:18 3
2 179 Ortiz Liam Sault Ste Marie 0:19:47 4
3 141 Desrosiers Brandon Sault Ste Marie 0:26:00 12
4 154 Reich Matteo Sault Ste Marie 0:29:31 17
5 172 Irvine Brian Sault Ste Marie 0:31:53 19
6 225 Cook Anthony Freeland 0:36:08 20
7 280 Ruffner Garrett Tecumseh 0:41:04 21
J2 Male 14-15 - 5 Km
1 286 Carlyle Jack Sault Ste Marie 0:17:58 1
2 264 McFadden Mike Marquette 0:19:10 2
3 233 Icard Joel Williamsburg 0:23:29 8
4 249 Lance Josh Traverse City 0:25:47 11
10 km Classic
Female 20 to 39 - 10 Km
1 271 Todd Amy Grand Rapids 0:52:19 48
2 289 Lemos Heather Grosse Point Woods 1:19:21 69
Female 40 to 59 - 10 Km
1 297 Hardin Tracy Cheboygan 0:49:10 39
2 251 Peterson Gussie Midland 0:53:47 52
3 299 Mueller-Brumbaugh Carole Rockford 1:02:43 61
4 284 Joslin Susan Troy 1:14:45 66
5 279 Hewlett Julie Tecumseh 1:34:06 72
Female 60 and Over - 10 Km
1 273 Lund Lorraine Midland 1:00:41 58
2 135 Mendyk Connie Harbor Springs 1:22:44 71
3 243 Murray Jean Mt. Pleasant 1:36:56 73
4 246 Caldwell Beth Ann Arbor 1:53:27 74
J1 Male 16-17 - 10 Km
1 261 Wagner Zach Marquette 0:37:02 4
2 276 Baic Brendan Walloon Lake 0:37:34 6
3 241 Williams Ross Williamsbug 0:38:28 8
4 262 Mattioli Tony Marquette 0:38:36 9
5 232 Brown Greg Traverse City 0:38:39 10
6 265 McFadden John Marquette 0:39:59 12
7 248 Innis Raymond Traverse City 0:41:16 16
8 287 Hogan Spencer Sault St Marie 0:42:54 22
9 263 Murray Shayle Marquette 0:44:07 27
10 250 Johnston Zeb Marquette 0:44:47 29
11 236 Lance Alex Traverse City 0:46:48 36
12 237 Norris Micah Traverse City 0:47:57 37
13 132 Zimmerman Karl Sault Ste Marie 0:49:59 42
14 238 Roach Shawn Traverse City 1:04:42 62
OJ Male 18-19 - 10 Km
1 282 Smith Jesse Traverse City 0:35:33 1
2 283 McFadden Tom Marquette 0:36:34 3
3 170 Brennan Mac East Jordan 0:38:17 7
Male 20 To 29 - 10 Km
1 189 Coulter Melzar Grand Rapids 0:39:36 11
Male 30 To 39 - 10 Km
1 291 Weddle Andy Holly 0:37:15 5
2 155 Smith Robert Roscommon 0:43:36 26
Male 40 To 49 - 10 Km
1 231 Baic Milan Williamsburg 0:35:34 2
2 229 Harrington Jim Petoskey 0:40:09 13
3 270 Todd Dell Grand Rapids 0:41:40 18
4 288 Goodman Glenn Bellaire 0:41:50 19
5 256 Kanaby Larry Bad Axe 0:43:32 24
6 277 Rockwood Andy Traverse City 0:44:30 28
7 113 Doull James Petoskey 0:44:51 30
8 295 Britton John Zanesfield 0:45:09 31
9 230 Smith Randy Williamsburg 0:46:28 33
10 120 Mihell Jim Sault Ste Marie 0:46:39 34
11 266 Cornell Doug Corunna 0:50:57 45
12 240 Temkin Mike Troy 0:52:08 47
13 272 Smulski Hubert Grand Blanc 0:53:07 51
14 257 Ernst Dale Sandusky 0:54:53 53
15 292 Maclean David Ludington 1:08:05 64
16 239 Paull Denny Cheboygan  
Male 50 To 59 - 10 Km
1 258 Bladel Randal Granger 0:40:18 14
2 296 Gravlin John Linwood 0:40:46 15
3 268 Muha Mike Wixom 0:41:23 17
4 253 Weingartz Chris Petoskey 0:42:26 20
5 252 Peterson Curt Midland 0:42:42 21
6 293 Pryor Jr.  Jim Saginaw 0:43:30 23
7 254 Camp Don Grand Haven 0:43:35 25
8 173 Kostrzewa John Traverse City 0:48:13 38
9 224 Neier Rick Tawas City 0:49:20 40
10 255 Rynalski Frank Bay City 0:49:34 41
11 285 Luce Robin Central Lake 0:50:34 43
12 116 Barbeau Paul Sault Ste Marie 0:52:33 49
13 278 Thielfoldt Devan Troy 0:52:59 50
14 151 Reynolds Craig Charlevoix 0:56:32 55
15 247 Ahrenberg Bill Cheboygan 0:58:25 56
16 244 Moore Jeff Northville 1:00:31 57
17 281 Ruffner Spencer Tecumsah 1:02:37 60
18 267 Worrel Greg Detroit 1:06:23 63
19 290 Liemos Stephen Grosse Pointe Woods 1:13:25 65
20 191 Uhrig Wolfgang Troy 1:17:42 67
21 242 Mergentime Larry Ortonville 1:18:01 68
22 228 Brundage Bill Traverse City DNF
Male 60 To 69 - 10 Km
1 269 Kaltz William Pinckney 0:46:18 32
2 227 Jones Cris Roscommon 0:46:43 35
3 259 Smigiel Steve Sr. Ada 0:50:49 44
4 300 Brumbaugh Ernie Rockford 0:52:07 46
5 298 Gambert George Bellaire 1:01:31 59
Male 70& Over - 10 Km
1 117 Haefner Bill Clarkston 0:55:49 54
2 245 Caldwell John Ann Arbor 1:22:44 70