Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Nordic skiers tackle new Payette Lakes course

King takes the bronze near McCall

Eleven Wood River Valley cross-country skiers carved more notches on their traveling podium quest Saturday on the new 36-kilometer (22.3-mile) point-to-point course for the 28th annual Payette Lakes Ski Marathon near McCall.

Ketchum's John King (1.24:41) won the Men's 30-34 class and placed third overall of 107 freestyle finishers along the route from McCall's Little Ski Hill to Blackhawk on the River. The men's winner was McCall's Kurt Wolf (1.22:25).

Placing eighth overall and taking bronze in the Men's 35-39 class was Ketchum's Whitney Albright (1.29:06). Women's winner and Class 35-39 gold medalist was Laura Todd of Hailey (1.34:50, 16th overall).

Other Wood River Valley podiums: Rick Knoebel (1.36:49) won Men's 55-59 for 17th overall; Andy Andrews (1.41:45) took the gold in Men's and was 25th overall; Liv Jensen (1.40:53) earned the Women's 35-39 silver and was 23rd overall, the second woman; and Katharine Sheldon (1.49:44) took the bronze in Women's 50-54 freestyle, 49th place.

Fastest of the nine classic 36k skiers was Ketchum's Scott Tucker (1.47:14), the Men's 45-49 winner in 41st overall.

Other 36k skate finishers were Bob Closser (1.49:10), eighth in Men's 50-54; James Cleveland (1.50:49), sixth in Men's 55-59; and Edward Miller (2.01:41), fifth in Men's 60-64.

There were 22 skiers in the 10k skate race including Kathryn Tucker (35:50), the second woman who finished third overall and won the Women'' 45-49 class, and Montana Tucker (42:27), 11th overall and the seventh female skier who won the Girls' 13-19 division.

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