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The "Good Ol' Days" Live On at Wilderness Valley

From the archives

Thu, May  13, 2010 - By Dan Harrison

Gaylord, January 11, 1999: "This is a real old-fashioned winter," was the consensus at the seventh Wilderness Valley Classic cross-country ski race held last Sunday. With the entire state wrapped in a thick white blanket, it was easy to "Think Snow," as nearly a hundred skiers tested their wax and their mettle on the scenic, challenging course. The event, largest in Michigan to feature the classic kick-and-glide technique, is a collaboration between Wilderness Valley, the Ullr/Maybury Nordic Ski Team, and sponsor Harbor Springs Natural Spring Water.

One by one the racers left the starting gate, each looking for their best race against the clock. The pale winter sun gave way to swirling snow, as the mercury slid from the teens toward zero. In the men's 22 kilometer event, victory went to 47-year-old Tim Triebold, of Concord, who bested previous winner Milan Baic, of Williamsburg, and John Gravlin of Linwood. Fastest woman over the 11 kilometer distance was Wendy Anderson, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, followed by Kathy Cook-Dowd of Cedar, and Homer native Roxanne Barton. Brothers Max and Michael Weir of Rapid City paced a field of eleven junior men to take gold and silver, while Mancelona's Trevon Cole earned the bronze. Among the junior women, Williamsburg's Katie Willis handily overcame Traverse City teammates Tricia Plum and Danielle Correll.

As the awards were handed out, ski director David Smith praised the efforts of volunteers and contestants alike. "This is the smilingest, happiest bunch of people. It's such a pleasure to welcome them back year after year-- it's a lot of fun for me." There was praise from the racers for the course layout and grooming, which allowed them to carry speed through the trail's trademark exhilarating descents. "There aren't many cross-country races where you can catch air," quipped one finisher over a bowl of chili.

Ten youngsters took to the snow in the one-kilometer Youth Race. "The girls were really competitive," noted timer Bob Yankus. "You'd have thought it was the Olympics." Each received a participant medal at the finish. "My kids skipped a birthday party to come here," one onlooker remarked, "it's a great way for the family to spend the weekend."

Place	Rank	 Name		City		Class	BIB	Time

	1	Willis	Katie	Williamsburg	F13	63	0:46:24
	2	Plum	Tricia	Traverse City	F13	64	0:50:15
	3	Correll	D.	Traverse City	F13	85	0:51:32
	4	Gushurst C.	Portage		F13	76	0:54:32
	5	Dawson	N.	Farmington 	F13	82	0:58:52
	6	Kreft	Katie	Traverse City	F13	73	0:59:18
	7	Straton	Whitney	Traverse City	F13	61	1:02:17
	8	PrenticeCaitlin	Traverse City	F13	70	1:03:08
	9	Ross	Rebecca	Traverse City	F13	72	1:04:54
			
1	1	Anderson Wendy	Cuyahoga F.,OH	F30	90	0:44:55
2	1	Cook-Dowd Kathy	Cedar   	F40	95	0:48:49
3	2	Barton	Roxanne	Homer		F40	77	0:53:05
4	3	CockrellSara	Grawn		F40	79	0:55:15
5	2	Baic	Carrie	Williamsburg	F30	89	0:56:38
6	4	Witte	Lynne	Mt. Clemens	F40	81	0:56:51
7	3	Krapohl	Kaye	Traverse City	F30	78	0:57:26
8	5	Mueller-Brum C.	Rockford	F40	80	1:04:57
9	4	Smith	Diane	Lansing		F30	157	1:05:07
10	5	Webb	Sarah	Hubbard Lake	F30	84	1:08:08
11	1	Murray	Jean	Mt. Pleasant	F50	94	1:12:13
12	2	Schaefer Jean	Grafton, Oh	F50	86	1:16:44
13	3	Caldwell Beth	Ann Arbor	F50	92	1:18:58

	1	Weir	Max	Rapid City	M13	87	0:36:54
	2	Weir	Michael	Rapid City	M13	88	0:39:50
	3	Cole 	Trevon	Mancelona	M13	93	0:40:06
	4	Zehnder	Jake	Harbor Springs	M13	91	0:44:03
	5	Morgan	Keven	Williamsburg	M13	62	0:44:44
	6	Coles	Kevin	Traverse City	M13	68	0:44:55
	7	Kreft	Jim	Traverse City	M13	74	0:46:17
	8	Yankus	Dan	Milford		M13	83	0:47:01
	9	Sutton	Andy	Traverse City	M13	66	0:48:15
	10	Woodard	Jeremy	Interlochen	M13	75	0:52:33
	11	Maki	Gregg	Traverse City	M13	69	1:05:36
		Weitz	Josh	Traverse City	M13	67	

1	1	Triebold Tim	Concord		M45	120	1:14:49
2	1	Baic	Milan	Williamsburg	M35	139	1:16:19
3	1	Gravlin	John	Linwood		M40	145	1:17:28
4	1	Smigiel	Steve	Cedar Springs	M30	138	1:18:21
5	1	Byar Christian	Williamsburg	M25	106	1:20:29
6	2	Peterson Curt	Midland		M45	127	1:21:09
7	3	Brundage Bill	Traverse City	M45	105	1:21:21
8	4	Fultz	Dick	Grayling	M45	150	1:23:33
9	5	Dawson	Kenneth	Farmington 	M45	101	1:23:47
10	2	Vajda	Matthew	Traverse City	M35	149	1:23:52
11	2	Quillinan Mike	East Lansing	M40	128	1:23:59
12	3	Barton	Bruce	Homer		M40	119	1:24:07
13	4	Weingartz Chris Oakland		M40	155	1:24:26
14	2	Morgan	Jon	Milford		M30	104	1:24:37
15	3	Green	Jamie	Dexter		M35	107	1:24:41
16	1	Anderson Tom	Big Rapids	M50	141	1:27:47
17	5	Bladel	Randal	Granger, IN	M40	116	1:28:26
18	4	Ashbeck	Herb	West Bloomfield	M35	154	1:28:56
19	2	Smigiel	Steve	Ada		M50	136	1:30:45
20	3	Clary	Ed	Amherst, OH	M50	130	1:31:26
21	2	McEnaney Pat	Ann Arbor	M25	151	1:32:18
22	4	Johnson	Peter	Whitehall	M50	153	1:33:44
23	6	Kostrzewa John 	Traverse City	M45	115	1:34:38
24	6	Westphal Steve	Traverse City	M40	134	1:35:18
25	5	Keenan	Michael	Scottville	M50	152	1:35:22
26	6	Kaltz	Bill	Pinckney	M50	103	1:35:37
27	7	Gushurst Tom	Portage		M45	124	1:35:41
28	7	Mills	Fred	Roscommon	M40	144	1:36:09
29	5	Webb	Jon	Hubbard Lake	M35	129	1:37:02
30	1	Haefner	Bill	Waterford	M60	111	1:37:15
31	8	Ames	Ken 	Gaylord		M40	133	1:39:29
32	7	Wright	Hap	Walloon Lake	M50	148	1:41:51
33	8	Anderson Lloyd	Cuyahoga ,OH	M50	140	1:42:01
34	9	VanDalson John	Traverse City	M50	110	1:42:26
35	10	Cihak	Dan	Muskegon	M50	117	1:42:43
36	9	Madorski Mark	Leonard		M40	147	1:43:01
37	3	Feldkamp T.	Ann Arbor	M30	132	1:43:12
38	11	Weir Richard	Rapid City	M50	108	1:43:18
39	4	Dehner	Mike	National City	M30	156	1:45:17
40	8	Zlobicki Z.	Farmington 	M45	109	1:47:55
41	12	Heffner	Jim	Williamsburg	M50	114	1:48:24
42	13	Brumbaugh Ernie	Rockford	M50	118	1:52:01
43	2	Caldwell John	Ann Arbor	M60	143	1:53:54
44	14	Schaefer Phil	Grafton, OH	M50	131	1:55:41
45	9	West 	Bob	Allegan		M45	137	1:56:54
46	10	Ruffner	Spencer	Tecumseh	M45	146	2:01:41
47	10	Young	James	Sterling Hghts	M40	122	2:02:51
48	15	Wilson	Terry	Rochester Hills	M50	125	2:07:00
49	3	Sturtevant John	Columbia City	M60	112	2:07:41
50	11	Davis	Jim	Dewitt		M40	135	2:21:40
51	4	Stevenson M.	Rochester Hills	M60	142	2:38:15
52		Kuhn	Thomas	Birmingham	M35	121	2:44:45