Traverse City's Ben Lannin won the 50 Km freestyle at the 2009 North American Vasa in 2:30:59, beating Team NordicSkiRacer's Steve Kuhl (2:31:44). Strait Strider's Denny Paull was third in 2:38:37. Lannin lead the race from the 7 Km mark.
Debbie Westphal time trialed much of the race by herself to win in 3:06:43. Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop skier Gussie Peterson came in second in 3:10:49. Traverse Nordic's Judy Vajda completed the podium in 3:17:59.
Former Canadian Junior Team skiers Chris Strahm won the 27 Km Freestyle in 1:22:21, just beating Traverse Nordic's Cliff Onthank by two seconds in a battle that took place in the last kilometer of the race. Jim Harrington took third a few seconds back in 1:22:51.
Amy Wichern won the 27 Km women's division in 1:31:43, with Susan Vigland (1:33:20) and Kelley Peterson (1:39:09) finishing second and third.
53 year old Dennis Alleva took top honors in the 12 Km freestyle by finishing in 42:53. In second place and many years younger was 12 year old Keefer Edwards in 51:23, followed by Duane Amato in 51:25.
Bridgett Hall (46:46), Kathleen Ferguson (59:29), and Arianne Petersen (59:31) were the top three women in the 12 Km freestyle.
Bill Brundage won the 50 Km classic 3:17:33 in a close finish with Randy Bladel (3:17:43). Brundage passed Bladel in the flats after the Jack Pines. Kerry Robbert was third in 3:29:36.
Kathy Garvin won the women's race in 5:10:13. Lynette Carani was second in 5:16:26. Coming in third was Anne Clifton in 5:23:19.
Gerard Grabowski captured the men's 27K classic in 1:45:39. Randy Smith, who finished 2nd at last week's 40 Km White Pine Classic, finished second at the Vasa in 1:49:33. Michael Sauer was third in 1:53:04.
Grand Rapid's Nordic's Carole Mueller-Brumbaugh won the women's 27K in 2:15:16. Second was Sara Cockrell in 2:17:10, with Betsy Bellario third in 2:17:19.
Drew Koschmann won the men's 12K in 1:08:29, followed by Scott Hall (1:09:48) and Dick Munt (1:10:08).
Laura Jolly took the women's 12K in 1:17:17.Linda McInnally and Nancy Story were second and third in 1:18:30 and 1:21:54.
Overall, 453 skiers participated in the 2009 Vasa making it just slightly larger than last week's White Pine Stampede (423 skiers).
Only 101 skiers raced in the 50 Km: 80 freestyle, 21 classic. In the 27 Km, the total was 257: 184 freestyle, 73 classic. In the 12 Km, it was 95 total: 51 freestyle, 44 classic.