Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Engen a two-time champ at Teton Ridge

Ritz runner-up in women's race

The Teton Ridge Classic nordic race has been in existence for two years and twice Jon Engen of Ketchum has been crowned champion.

Engen bagged his latest title on Saturday, winning the 28k classic race in 1:21.31. He nipped runner-up Chad Anderson by 8/100ths of a second. Michael Myers was third. For the record both Anderson (30-34) and Myers (35-39) race in younger age classes. The next best racer in Engen's class (45-49) was Erich Wilbrecht in sixth place.

Other locals in the race were Mike Wolter (1:33.34/17th), Kris Thoreson (1:34.24/20th), Bob Rosso (1:34.29/22nd), Tim Inch (1:48.02/37th), Michael Dunham (1:54.11/47th), Lee Melly (1:55.22/49th), Tom Pomeroy (2:02.59/55th), and Terry Potts (2:14.02/67th). There were 75 finishers in the men's 28k.

Ketchum's Muffy Ritz was runner-up in the women's 28k. Ritz's time was 1:45.01. Kelly Milligan won the event in 1:32.15. Susan Thoreson skied to eighth place in 1:59.23. Linda McClatchy (2:06.08) and Lili Simpson (2:09.46) were 10th and 11th, respectively.

Over a distance of 14k, Jim McClatchy was 16th in 1:38.17. Darlene Young finished fourth in the women's 14k race in 59:52. Joni Cashman was 18th in 1:10.18. Trish Klahr was 30th in 1:23.04.

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