Who could ask for better skiing! Great snow and temperatures around 20.
50K Freestyle and Classic
Justin Easter of the Suburu Factory Team won the 50K North American Vasa in 2:12:26, beating out Joseph Graci (2:19:02) and Joe Bettendorf of Team NordicSkiRacer.com (2:19:31).
Debbie Mizikowski (Cross Country Ski Headquarters) beat Natalie Dawson (Team NordicSkiRacer) and Amy Powell. Debbie finished in 2:51:23, just 30 seconds ahead of Natalie. Amy finished in 2:53:43.
In the 50K Classic, it was Mark Wold in 3:12:38, followed by Thomas Dvoratcheck (3:14:06) and Cross Country Ski Shop team captain Dick Fultz in third in 3:18:00.
Laura Waldo picked up the win for the women with a time of 3:55:56. Sara Cockrell (Traverse Nordic) finished second in 4:17:00. Paddler Lynne Witte (Cross Country Ski Shop) came in third in a time of 4:43:50.
27K Freestyle and Classic
Christian Byar (Grand Rapids Nordic) won the 27K Freestyle in 1:18:48. Tom Brian (Grand Rapids Nordic) finished second in 1:20:38. Ryan Halstead came up third in 1:21:03.
The first women was Megan Madion from Outside Edge won the women's 27K Freestyle in 1:31:45. Straits Strider Tracy Goble was second in 1:38:32, with third place finisher Becky Kalajian close behind in 1:38:59.
In the 27K Classic, Gerard Grabowski won in 1:43:06. Sean Kelly and Mark Kurz came in second and third with times of 1:48:20 and 1:50:26.
Women? Team NordicSkiRacer Emily Flynn won in 1:55:56, followed by Amy Kostrzewa (Cross Country Ski Shop) in 2:02:07 and Olga Rachitskay in 2:04:46.
In the 12K Race, junior Jesse Smith once again put in a fantiastic race to win in 33:52. Second place Elliot Putman and Ross Williams came up in second and third just 6 seconds apart, in 38:17 and 38:23.
Hanna Ciesla (45:00) beat out Emily Westerman (46:10) and Jessie Hemming (46:44) for first.