Elm Creek Series
Conditions: Temperature: 16F, wind-chill -2F, man-made snow, groomed trails, great course condition for racing (except very strong cold wind-chill). The race course is 2 laps of 2.5K full Valley Trail loop.
Race distance: 5K, both classic and freestyle, mass start.
Freestyle Race Result Andy Dodds 11:37 (men freestyle winner) AndySchakel 11:41 Laszlo Alberti 11:42 Andrew Kroese 11:55 Nicholas Burgraff 11:57 Andrew Taverna 12:57 Ingrid Leask 13:02 (women freestyle winner) Jason Bolz 13:25 Jenny Beckman 13:30 Nathaniel Tollefson 13:52 Ed Bieging 13:54 Joe Prescott 14:12 Luke Pedersen 15:13 Tim Hieb 15:27 Classic Race Result: Nicholas Burgraff 15:02 (men classic winner) Josh Overturf 15:22 Ingrid Leask 16:54 (women classic winner) Sarah Wall 20:34 Erin Scallen 21:17 Marta Seitz 21:34 Daniel Wall 22:32 Elle Newcome 22:45 Katie George 23:43 Grace Befort 24:50It was an unbelievable night, probably the windiest night of the season so far, about 30mph gust. Wind-chill reached -2F and felt even worse. A big field of freestyle racers competed in tonight’s tough windy condition, led by Andy Dodds, Andy Schakel and Laszlo Alberti. Andy Dodds pulled away from the lead pack in the second lap and claimed the man’s title. In the women’s field, Ingrid Leask claimed both freestyle and classic titles. Nicholas Burgraff dominated the classic race by taking an early lead and maintained its position. Elm Creek park staff helped groom the trails to crush and really soften the ice base as the course had been glare icy after the HS conference meet this afternoon. Thanks for grooming the course on the fly, literary! After the grooming, the course condition is still pretty fast.
--Amy Xu (Timer) reporting for Race Director, Melinda Silbernick