Wow! The Giant Mesabi East High School
meet showed once again why Minnesota is the Nordic hot spot for high school
racing. Here's the numbers: 1094 total skiers, 564 girls and 530 boys.
Classic participants = 163 boys and 173 girls. Skate participants = 203
girls and 178 boys.
January 10th, 2003
This event is always exciting and I wanted to be there. Having once
coached the St. Louis Park team I offered to help them with waxing,
they gladly accepted the help. After checking with John Filander, skiing
the race course and checking the weather I felt confident of the wax
Light snow was falling for most of the day while snow temps held in
the mid teens with very high relative air humidity. Upon arrival at
8 AM the snow temp was 12 degrees Fahrenheit with 96% air RH. By 10
AM when the boys classic race began the conditions had not changed significantly.
For the classic skis we used Holmenkol Moly for base, crayon a layer
of GW-25 with a 1:1 EC 12/30 and 0/12 mix for glide and Topspeed 8/15
stick corked on top. Fluor 3/8 hard wax was our choice for kick during
the boys race. For the skate skis we used cold hydrocarbon scraped and
brushed out followed with a crayon layer of GW-25 and 0/12. We chose
to use Topspeed on the classic skis due to the glazing normally found
in classic tracks, we did not top coat the skaters.
My congratulations go out to all the skiers with special mention to
the following St. Louis Park metal winners:
Andy Cheesebro 2nd place varsity boys classic race,
Jesse Lang 2nd place varsity boys skate race,
Mike Mommsen 3rd place varsity boys classic race
Katie Klepinski 6th place varsity girls classic race
Thank you for your support of Holmenkol!