Friday, March 10, 2006

Hamlin, Turzian lead locals in JN classic race

Nordic racing in Michigan


By JEFF CORDES
Express Staff Writer

The 2006 U.S. Junior National Nordic Ski Championships hit its stride Wednesday with classic races on Michigan Tech trails at Houghton, Mich.

Of the 386-racer field, Sun Valley's Junior Nordic ski team entered 15 in three classes. Four cracked the top 10 led by 18-year-old Robbie Hamlin of Hailey and Alexa Turzian, 17, of East Fork. Both are Wood River High students.

Hamlin had an outstanding 15-kilometer effort, finishing seventh of 45 Older Junior (ages 18-19) boys just 2:13 off the winning time. Turzian placed seventh of 80 racers in the J1 girls (16-17) 10k classic event.

Mali Noyes ended up ninth in J1 girls and Reid Pletcher was ninth in J1 boys over 15k.

Park City's Rosie Brennan provided the only win of the day for the Intermountain Division, in the J1 girls category.

Freestyle 10k/5k time trials are Friday, March 10 and skate relays Saturday, March 11. Here are local results from Wednesday's Thermoanalytics classic race at Michigan Tech:

OJ (18-19) boys—15k classic: 1—Bill Bowler (Wausau, Wisc.) 43:19. 7—Robbie Hamlin 45:32 (2:13 back). 17—Luke Pletcher 47:29 (4:10 back)—45 racers.

OJ girls—10k classic: 1—Morgan Smyth (Vernon, Vt.) 33:29. 28—Margii Driscoll 40:04 (6:35 back)—41 racers.

J1 (16-17) boys—15k classic: 1—Matt Gelso (Truckee, Ca.) 42:45. 9—Reid Pletcher 45:10 (2:25 back). 11—Mike Matteson 45:26 (2:41 back). 28—Artie Livingston 47:21 (4:36 back). 38—Taylor Sundali 48:14 (5:29 back)—85 racers.

J1 girls—10k classic: 1—Rosie Brennan (Park City, Utah) 34:58. 7—Alexa Turzian 35:41 (0:43 back). 9—Mali Noyes 36:11 (1:13 back). 62—Chelsea Vanderpool 41:40 (6:42 back). 64—Tess Dahlgren 42:18 (7:20 back). 65—Devyn Parnes 42:28 (7:30 back)—80 racers.

J2 (14-15) boys—5k classic: 1—Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.) 15:14. 22—Max Durtschi 16:31 (1:17 back). 30—Travis Job 16:50 (1:36 back)—69 racers.

J2 girls—5k classic: 1—Amy Glen (Anchorage) 17:38. 15—Julia Bowman 18:33 (0:55 back)—66 racers.




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