Elm Creek Series Results
Conditions: Air temp. 15F (wind-chill -5F, wind 20+ mph gust); natural snow mixed with man-made snow; great racing condition.
Race course: 5K skate and classic races (5K lit trails including Valley Trail, Thicket Trail, and Northern Light Trail). The skating lanes are hard packed and felt fast. Classic tracks are groomed very well with only a few times some tree branches sneak upon you. But, the skate skiers were spoiled with much wider skating lanes!
Race distance: 5K skate; 5K classic, mass start.
Commentary: Northfield Nordic Ski Teams claimed all the winnings of tonight’s skate and classic races. It was the Teams against the rest of the field. When Craig Stolen and Will Olstud charged up the Elm Creek “wall” hill, you know that whoever can stay in that draft position for the rest of the race would most likely win the race as the strong wind gust would eventually took a toll on the leader. Craig knew this, but it would be hard to maneuver, or maybe it was just hard to settle for less when there was a chase pack right behind. So, Will stayed in that position and then charged toward the end and claimed the winning of the skate race. The closer battle was between Darren Halzle and Laszlo Alberti where Darren held off his lead at the last 100 yard. Maria Olson led the women’s field and won both the skate and classic races. Leif Hanson took the crown for the men’s classic race. Jim Smith said that his 3rd classic race of the year was the first race with some real hills which reminded him of his one Mora Vasaloppet race – all he wanted was to get on that lake coming into Mora before the 58K skate leaders get on the lake!!! Watch out, Mora. The hardy Elm Creek classic racers are ready for you!!! Ahvo, if you are there again, watch for Jim!
Freestyle(F)/Classic(C) Will Olstud 12:39 (F)/14:32 (C) – male winner of the skate race Craig Stolen 12:40 (F) Leif Hanson 12:51 (F)/14:28 (C) – male winner of the classic race Darren Halzle 13:06 (F) Laszlo Alberti 13:07 (F) Miles Broske 13:24 (F)/15:50 (C) Jake Pederson 14:20 (F) Artie Huber 14:26 (F) Michael Sandstedt 14:28 (F)/16:04 (C) Tim Hieb 15:47 (F) Christopher Smith 16:56 (F) Marie Olson 17:09 (F)/19:26 (C) – female winner of both skate and classic races Andrea Potyondy-Smith 17:18 (F)/22:31 (C) Annika Peterson 21:39 (F)/26:14 (C) Jim Smith /19:00 (C) Lauren Allin /24:31 (C)
--Melinda Silbernick (Race Director/Timer), Amy Xu (Timer/Results)