Elm Creek Series ResultsJanuary 18, 2012
Conditions: Temperature: 3F, wind-chill -17F, man-made snow, groomed trails, hard packed trails with new 1” natural snow drift on top, very tough condition for racing tonight (strong wind blowing off the fluffy snow fell earlier). The race course was 2 laps of 2.5K full Valley Trail loop.
Race distance: 5K, both classic and freestyle, mass start.
Freestyle Race Result Nate Porath 12:37 (men freestyle winner) Jon Miller 12:43 John Kallemeyer 12:46 Danny Kueffer 13:20 Logan Smestad 13:38 Scott Kyser 13:44 Elias Anoszko 13:49 John Hopkins 13:58 Max Anderson 14:29 Kathlean DeWahl 14:34 (women freestyle winner) Andrew Potterberger 14:40 Melissa MacMillan 14:48 Andy Rishavy 14:49 Jed Friedrich 14:57 Kevin Clark 15:13 Nathaniel Tollefson 15:44 Tom Woolhoove 15:57 Pete Thurmes 16:32 Eric Storhoff 16:59 Tim Hieb 17:22 Cassandra Brady 18:04 Chris Smith 19:31 Classic Race Result: Jon Miller 15:01 (men classic winner) Nate Porath 15:15 Scott Kyser 16:02 Kathlean DeWahl 16:13 (women classic winner) Logan Smestad 16:35 Max Anderson 16:54 Pete Thurmes 17:22 Elias Anoszko 18:10 Tom Woolhoove 19:10 Tom Ingram 24:12 Skylar Schuth 27:15 Andrew Stello 28:20 Molly Abbott Ladner 30:20 Ashley Morrow 31:13 Kyanna Sturm 31:56 Chloe Lutterman 32:12 Classic Race Result (1 lap): Mariah Carlson 22:24 Kyra McCann Herrera 23:24 Yesenia Lopez-Mendora 23:55 Kornkanok Rataraporasartporn 25:59
It seemed that the Wind Goddess just loves the Wed. nights’ Elm Creek Race Series. After some fluffy real snow around 5:30pm-6pm, the Wind Goddess not only followed, but also brought the gust of 40mph with wind-chill -17F. But, an amazingly strong field of racers competed in tonight’s cold and windy condition. In the Freestyle race, a pack of three, Nate Porath, Jon Miller, and John Kallemeyer, led the field, and the rest quickly separated into several groups where the ones in the front plodded through the gusty wind, and the ones on the back determined to hang on tight as much as possible to stay in the draft. Nate pulled away in the second lap and took the overall win in the Freestyle race by 6 seconds over Jon Miller. But in the Classic race, it was all Jon Miller who finished on top with a 14 seconds winning margin. Kathlean DeWahl was more than impressive in taking not only the women freestyle and classic titles, but also being the 4th overall in the classic race. But, with tonight’s weather condition, every racer is a big winner. Congratulations to all. Finally, our hearts go to Bib # 1 racer, Chris Smith of Eden Prairie, and a group of youngsters from FAIR School of Minneapolis, thanks to coach Bayr’s and parents’ cheers and encouragement.
--Amy Xu (Timer) reporting for Race Director, Melinda Silbernick