Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Nordic kids start their push for Truckee

Weekend races held near Jackson Hole

Sun Valley Junior Nordic ski team J2 racer Maggie Williams finished second in Saturday’s 5k skate race for the 14-15 age class and won Sunday’s 5k classic event of the Johnny Curtis Memorial at Jackson Hole’s Trail Creek Nordic Center. Photo by

Ten age-class podium finishes and a girls' 5-kilometer classic victory by J2 Maggie Williams topped the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation cross-country ski efforts last weekend at Trail Creek Nordic Center near Wilson, Wyo.

Sun Valley, looking ahead to qualifying for the 2009 USSA C ross Country Junior Nationals March 9-14 at Truckee, Ca., competed in the first of three Junior National qualifying races, this one hosted by the Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Ski Club.

Called the Johnny Curtis Memorial, the weekend regional event organized by former SVSEF assistant coach Ali Deines, now of Jackson Hole, consisted of freestyle skate racing Saturday, Jan. 17 and classic events on Sunday, Jan. 18.

Williams finished second in Saturday's 5k skate race for the 14-15 age class and won Sunday's 5k classic event.

Placing second in their age classes were Makayla Cappel, Katie Feldman, Max Durtschi, Mandy Watts, Sam Farnham and Daniel Sundali. Third place podium skiers included Sun Valley's Torin Tucker.

Other JN qualifiers for Sun Valley are Jan. 28-31 at Soldier Hollow, Utah and Feb. 12-15 at West Yellowstone, Mt. The Intermountain Division team to Junior Nationals will be named Sunday, Feb. 15.

Saturday freestyle

Older Junior men 5k (ages 18-19): 6—Sam Farnham.

J1 boys 5k (16-17): 2—Max Durtschi. 5—Daniel Sundali. 9—Travis Job. 11—William Spiller. 13—Sean Dumke. 16—Scotty Phelan. 21—Scott Schoen. 24—Chase Caulkins.

J1 girls 5k: 2—Makayla Cappel. 4—Julia Bowman. 6—Bronwen Raff. 9—Courtney Hamilton. 18—Keller Gibson.

J2 boys 5k (14-15): 3—Torin Tucker. 7—Brandon Wade. 12—Andrew Pfeiffer. 19—Zach Lindahl. 24—Jackson Long. 27—Ketchum Wilt.

J2 girls 5k: 2—Maggie Williams. 6—Sloan Storey. 11—Maranda Stopol. 13—Claire Bowman. 16—Morgan Atkinson. 19—Kaitlyn Landis.

J3 boys 3k (12-13): 5—Stephen Pfeiffer. 9—Ty Reinemann. 18—Drew Morse. 19—Jake Adicoff. 20—Eron Bates. 21—Andrew Graves.

J3 girls 3k: 2—Katie Feldman. 3—Haley Montgomery. 8—Elana King-Nakaoka. 9—Sarah Williams. 11—Kailey Wilt. 12—Montana Tucker.

J4 girls (10-11): 3—Mandy Watts.

Sunday classic

Older Junior men 15k: 2—Sam Farnham.

J1 boys 15k: 2—Daniel Sundali. 4—Travis Job. 7—Scott Schoen. 10—Scotty Phelan. 11—William Spiller. 13—Chase Caulkins. 17—Sean Dumke.

J1 girls 10k: 4—Julia Bowman. 5—Bronwen Raff. 7—Courtney Hamilton. 14—Keller Gibson.

J2 boys 5k: 5—Brandon Wade. 6—Torin Tucker. 10—Andrew Pfeiffer. 15—Jackson Long. 16—Zach Lindahl. 25—Ketchum Wilt.

J2 girls 5k: 1—Maggie Williams. 5—Maranda Stopol. 7—Sloan Storey. 12—Claire Bowman. 13—Morgan Atkinson. 14—Kaitlyn Landis.

J3 boys 3k: 7—Stephen Pfeiffer. 9—Ty Reinemann. 12—Jake Adicoff. 17—Eron Bates. 19—Drew Morse. 20—Andrew Graves.

J3 girls 3k: 4—Haley Montgomery. 7—Montana Tucker. 9—Katie Feldman. 10—Elana King-Nakaoka. 11—Sarah Williams. 12—Kailey Wilt

J4 girls: 2—Mandy Watts.

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