Elm Creek Series Results

December 22, 2010

Conditions: Temperature: 28F, very light wind; very nice skiing condition. The race course was set on the full 5K loop including Valley, Thicket and Northern Light trails, Valley trails being mostly natural soft snow from the last couple of days with hard-packed base underneath; classic tracks set very well, classic skiers reported good glide but a bit difficult kicking up the "big" hill. The pursuit races of 5K freestyle and 5K classic were popular tonight.

Race distance: 5K, both classic and freestyle, mass start.

Anders Bowman                            12:01 (F)/14:44 (C) - men's freestyle winner and classic winner
Gordon Vermeer 12:08 (F) -- with a broken pole Peter Larsen 12:23 (F)/15:10 (C) Hans Nygren 12:25 (F)/14:52 (C) Ryan Skinner 12:54 (F) Kory Freeberg 13:23 (F)/15:07 (C) Robert Edman 13:50 (F)/18:13 (C) Lindsey Marshall 13:52 (F) -- women's freestyle winner Robert Hest 14:24 (F) Jenny Beckman 14:40 (F) Kenny Gilkerson 15:05 (F) Kate Wold 15:24 (F) Annika Ferber 15:30 (F) Odd Osland 15:53 (F) Danielle Burgmeier 15:59 (F) Tim Hieb 17:02 (F) Don Callander 17:03 (F) -- no poles Mark Winholtz 18:16 (F)/23:50 (C) Mark Hesser 23:04 (F) -- first race ever (CONGRATULATIONS!!!); missed the turn into Thicket trails and climbed the extra donut hill Jim Smith /19:13(C)

A good group of college skiers raced this Wednesday night's race series during their holiday break. Welcome back and great effort tonight!!! Two packs of 4 skiers got ahead of the rest after the first "big" hill in 3:50 minutes. While Gordon had a story to tell how his pole was broken, he finished the near 2nd behind the winner of the night, Anders Bowman, in both freestyle and classic races. The classic race was much closer among the racers and fun to watch, according to the race director, Melinda Silbernick. The master skiers kept improving their time week after week -- nice work!!!

Don Callander is tonight's winner for the drawing ($25 gift certificate) -- please come and claim it next week.

--Amy Xu (Timer) reporting for Race Director, Melinda Silbernick