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Traverse Nordic tops Michigan Cup Relay results

Michigan Cup

Fri, Mar  20, 2009 - By Mike Muha

Fifty-five teams competed under beautiful sunny skies and a great snow for the 2009 Michigan Cup Relays at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Roscommon.

The first leg of the relay was a 4 Km loop done in classic technique. Several of the leaders put on their skating skies for maximum glide and doublepoled the entire course, including all the uphills on the Rolling Hills trail.

Strait Striders' Flying Ooskiks

Strait Striders' Flying Ooskiks tagging off in the transition zone at the Michigan Cup Relays

The second and third legs of the relay were freestyle. Skiers used the same loop as the classic leg skiers, but skied it twice for a total of 8 Km. The vast majority of skiers in the second two legs skated, but there were the occasional skier who choose to classic.

The snow was firm with a sugar-snow coating. The fast corners held up well during the race compared to previous years: a sugar snow bank formed along the outside to guide skiers around the corner while the slide zone had enough give that better skiers could still get some edge into it.

Two junior racers battling it out on the course

Two junior racers battling it out on the course

One of the most exciting moments was the fight for third place overall. NordicSkiRacer's Dave Fanslow in his first Michigan Cup race of the season started the third leg in third place. Grand Rapids Nordic's Dell Todd - who skied every Michigan Cup race this season - pursued, caught, and passed Fanslow. Fanslow tenaciously held on for the second half of the leg. Both were working extremely hard. Spectators looked forward to an sprint finish as we saw the two skiers appear through the woods.

As the skiers entered into the last corner before the finish, Fanslow made a desperate move to pass Todd on the outside. Dell glanced to his right and CRASH! - went down when he lost his balance. Dave skied in for third.

Both skiers and the crowd were disappointed that the sprint did not take place, but kudos to both skiers for the awesome effort. It was racing at it's best.

Traverse Nordic's "Superhacks" (Cliff Onthank, Milan Baic, and Todd Vigland) finished with the fastest time of the day, 51:20, more than three minutes ahead of Hanson Hill/Cross Country Ski Shop's "Hanson Hills". "Muhaha" from Team NordicSkiRacer was third, 21 seconds back.

Overall Michigan Cup Relays winners

Overall Michigan Cup Relays winners, Milan Baic, Todd Vigland, and Cliff Onthank of Traverse Nordic

The top women's team was also from Traverse Nordic, "Team Stacked", just beating HH/CCSS's "SuperGirls" 1:06:22 to 1:06:32. Grand Rapids Nordic's "Happy Go Lucky" was third in 1:21:21.

In the Co Ed division, Strait Striders' "GuGu Dolls" were first in 58:33 - and 8th overall. HH/CCSS's "Toko and the Testerones was second in 59:56, with the Cross Country Ski Headquarters' "Ski Hardwear" in third in 1:01:20.

A great party ensued immediately after the race, as awards were given for the Relay and for the Michigan Cup, highlighted by a eagle flying over and saluting the finish the of 2009 Michigan Cup season.

 


Class
Overall
Place
Class
Place

Bib

Time

Relay Team

MI Cup Team

Points
Co Ed: 0-59 22 1 325 1:06:46 WANNABEE NORWEGIANS CCSH  400
Co Ed: 0-59 23 2 356 1:07:06 WE'RE LOVIN' IT X  200

Co Ed: 60-119 11 1 348 1:01:20 SKI HARDWEAR CCSH  400
Co Ed: 60-119 13 2 331 1:02:17 2POLES & A BASKET HH/CCSS  333
Co Ed: 60-119 17 3 346 1:05:03 NSR4 NSR.COM  267
Co Ed: 60-119 31 4 335 1:12:24 LIVE SLOW X  200
Co Ed: 60-119 37 5 341 1:16:09 SOMETHING WITTY CCSH  133
Co Ed: 60-119 46 6 340 1:27:05 TURBO TURTLES NSR.COM  80

Co Ed: 120-164 8 1 324 0:58:33 GUGU DOLLS STRAITS STRIDERS  400
Co Ed: 120-164 36 2 301 1:15:10 ROCKETS CCSH  320
Co Ed: 120-164 40 3 318 1:20:08 KLISTER KIDS GRNST  240
Co Ed: 120-164 47 4 349 1:27:21 2 TRACTORS & AN INDIAN NSR.COM  160
Co Ed: 120-164 52 5 354 1:39:27 DKJ CCSH  80

Co Ed: 165+ 9 1 344 0:59:56 TOKO & THE TESTERONES HH/CCSS  400
Co Ed: 165+ 14 2 304 1:03:34 SKI BUISCUIT STRAITS STRIDERS  343
Co Ed: 165+ 18 3 330 1:05:20 THE SPOILERS NSR.COM  286
Co Ed: 165+ 33 4 334 1:13:54 TACKABOUT CCSH  229
Co Ed: 165+ 34 5 353 1:14:23 ZIGALOGY NSR.COM  171
Co Ed: 165+ 38 6 321 1:16:47 FLYING OOSIKS STRAITS STRIDERS  114
Co Ed: 165+ 43 7 339 1:24:55 CAPTAIN CRUNCH CCSH  57

Female: 0-59 56 1 338 1:50:51 CLUELESS CCSH  400

Female: 60-119 41 1 317 1:21:21 HAPPY GO LUCKY GRNST  400

Female: 120-164 20 1 309 1:06:22 TEAM STACKED TNSC  400
Female: 120-164 21 2 336 1:06:36 SUPERGIRLS HH/CCSS  267
Female: 120-164 49 3 351 1:29:20 DIRTY GIRLS CCSH  133

Female: 165+ 53 1 328 1:40:10 GOLDEN GIRLS CCSH  400

Male: 0-59 55 1 342 1:49:15 TIGERS CCSH  400

Male: 60-119 7 1 320 0:58:30 3STUDS CCSH  400
Male: 60-119 15 2 343 1:03:35 YOUNG & RESTLESS CCSH  320
Male: 60-119 24 3 355 1:08:44 YOUNG & THE OLD HH/CCSS  240
Male: 60-119 30 4 352 1:12:01 3 PEAS IN A POD CCSH  160
Male: 60-119 32 5 333 1:13:27 ODDER CCSH  80

Male: 120-164 1 1 307 0:51:20 SUPERHACKS TNSC  400
Male: 120-164 2 2 329 0:54:43 HANSEN HILLS HH/CCSS  369
Male: 120-164 3 3 310 0:55:04 MUHAHA NSR.COM  338
Male: 120-164 4 4 332 0:55:10 WHATEVER GRNST  308
Male: 120-164 12 5 322 1:01:36 TRAVERSE TNSC  277
Male: 120-164 16 6 315 1:04:24 EQUATOR GRNST  246
Male: 120-164 19 7 312 1:05:55 TRIFECTA TNSC  215
Male: 120-164 25 8 313 1:09:41 313 CCSH  185
Male: 120-164 27 9 350 1:10:47 WALL RACERS NSR.COM  154
Male: 120-164 28 10 323 1:10:48 WAXHEADS STRAITS STRIDERS  123
Male: 120-164 35 11 316 1:14:43 SAM'S CLUB X  92
Male: 120-164 39 12 302 1:19:20 NORDIC STIMULUS PKG STRAITS STRIDERS  62
Male: 120-164 45 13 337 1:25:57 GABREVES CCSH  31

Male: 165+ 5 1 326 0:57:09 IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING NSR.COM  400
Male: 165+ 6 2 327 0:58:02 GRNST1 GRNST  364
Male: 165+ 10 3 311 1:00:42 CARDIAC ARREST HH/CCSS  327
Male: 165+ 26 4 306 1:09:46 BLACK FOG GRNST  291
Male: 165+ 29 5 300 1:11:10 HALFFAST CCSH  255
Male: 165+ 42 6 314 1:23:36 RED BULL CCSH  218
Male: 165+ 44 7 303 1:24:58 199 CCSH  182
Male: 165+ 48 8 308 1:27:32 SOGOF CCSH  145
Male: 165+ 50 9 305 1:31:21 200+ CCSH  109
Male: 165+ 51 10 347 1:36:21 SUICIDE BOMBERS STRAITS STRIDERS  73
Male: 165+ 54 11 345 1:44:23 RINGERS CCSH  36