Wednesday, February 17, 2010

13 SVSEF skiers on way to Nordic Junior finals

Final qualifiers at Bogus Basin

Thirteen Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation junior cross-country ski racers have earned berths for the 2010 USSA Cross Country Junior Nationals March 8-13 at Presque Isle, Maine.

They'll be part of the Intermountain Division squad headed off to Maine. Final announcement of the team was made Sunday, Feb. 14 in Boise.

Of that total, 11 of the SVSEF kids earned their JN slots based on the three-race Intermountain Division qualifying series that wrapped up Feb. 13-14 with freestyle and classic races at Bogus Basin Nordic Center near Boise.

They were: J1s (ages 16-17) Scott Schoen, Daniel Sundali, William Spiller, Torin Tucker, Emily Williams and Morgan Atkinson; and J2s (14-15) Zach Lindahl, Jackson Long, Sloan Storey, Maggie Williams and Maranda Stopol.

SVSEF Older Juniors (18-19) who qualified based on their results at January's U.S. Senior Nationals in Anchorage, Ak. were Erik Fagerstrom and Adele Espy (currently injured, recovering from broken ribs).

Head coach Rick Kapala brought 30 SVSEF skiers to last weekend's Bogus Basin races. There were nearly 180 racers in the field from Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Utah. Skating was Saturday, classic Sunday.

Anong the Boise highlights, Kapala said, were:

Fagerstrom winning both days; Schoen posting the best J1 classic result Sunday; Storey skiing to a skate second place and a classic win in J2 girls; Stopol taking second in J2 girls classic for her first podium of the season; and Lindahl nailing another podium with a third place in Sunday's J2 classic.

Also, in Saturdays J3 girls' 3-kilometer skate race the up-and-coming SVSEF J3 girls squad led by Haley Montgomery placed 1-3-4-5-6. Those places in Sunday's classic won by Maddy Watts were 1-3-4-5-7.

Three weeks of training await SVSEF racers prior to their trip. The Sun Valley team will also send a team of 25 younger skiers to the Western States Ski Festival Feb. 27-28 at Whitefish, Mt. And some J2s will head to the New England J2 Championships March 4-13 at Jackson, N.H., Kapala said.

Check today's Web site for SVSEF results from Bogus.


Interval start skate races were 15k for Older Junior (18-19) and J1 (16-17) men, 10k for OJ and J1 women, 5k for J2 (14-15), 3k for J3 (12-13), 2k J4 (10-11). There were 187 skiers.

Chief of course was Jim Harper, and Bogus Basin head coach was Pat Harper, both former Sun Valley skiers.

OJ men: 1—Erik Fagerstrom, 19, 36:09.

OJ women: 1—Natalie Flowers, 18, Bridger Ski Foundation 30:53.

J1 men: 1—Johnny Springer, 17, Jackson Hole 37:55. 2—Daniel Sundali, 17, 38:10. 4—Scott Schoen, 17, 38:18. 7—Torin Tucker, 16, 38:49. 9—Andrew Pfeiffer, 16, 39:22. 16—Brandon Wade, 16, 40:02. 23—Gray Riedinger, 16, 43:57 (37 racers).

J1 women: 1—Stella Holt, 16, Glacier 31:09. 3—Emily Williams, 16, 31:28. 5—Morgan Atkinson, 16, 32:12.

J2 boys: 1—Cole Morgan, 15, Bridger Ski Foundation 13:02. 7—Zach Lindahl, 15, 13:52. 13—Ketchum Wilt, 15, 14:20. 16—Jackson Long, 15, 14:25. 22—Stephen Pfeiffer, 14, 14:59. 28—Jake Adicoff, 14, 15:22. 29—Ty Reinemann, 14, 15:23 (35 racers).

J2 girls: 1—Anika Miller, 14, Payette Lakes 14:15. 2—Sloan Storey, 15, 14:28. 3—Maggie Williams, 14, 14:39. 6—Maranda Stopol, 15, 15:22. 18—Kaitlyn Landis, 15, 17:27. 21—Elana King-Nakaoka, 14, 17:59. 23—Brooke Lawrence, 14, 18:28. 27—Sarah Williams, 14,19:37.

J3 boys: 1—Henry Holt, 13, Glacier 9:54. 11—Luke Verst, 13, 12:18.

J3 girls: 1—Haley Montgomery, 13, 11:26. 3—Katie Feldman, 13, 11:47. 4—Maddy Watts, 12, 11:57. 5—Montana Tucker, 13, 12:18. 6—Kailey Wilt, 13, 12:34 (12 racers).

J4 boys: Competing for SVSEF were Kristian DeWolfe, Lukas DeWolfe and Alex Feldman.


Interval start classic races 5k for OJ/J1/J2, plus 3k J3s, 2k J4s. Overall winners were OJs Erik Fagerstrom of Sun Valley and Natalie Flowers of Bridger.

OJ men: 1—Erik Fagerstrom, 19, 13:25.

OJ women: 1—Natalie Flowers, 18, Bridger Ski Foundation 16:09.

J1 men: 1—Scott Schoen, 17, 13:50 (2nd overall). 6—Torin Tucker, 16, 14:25. 10—William Spiller, 17, 14:38. 12—Brandon Wade, 16, 15:00. 13—Daniel Sundali, 17, 15:19. 14—Andrew Pfeiffer, 16, 15:26. 27—Gray Riedinger, 16, 16:48 (37 racers).

J1 women: 1—Katie Gill, 17, Glacier 16:25. 5—Emily Williams, 16, 17:05. 7—Morgan Atkinson, 16, 17:37.

J2 boys: 1—Cole Morgan, 15, Bridger Ski Foundation 14:19. 3—Zach Lindahl, 15, 15:02. 9—Jackson Long, 15, 15:47. 11—Ketchum Wilt, 15, 15:59. 15—Stephen Pfeiffer, 14, 16:33. 24—Jake Adicoff, 14, 17:05.

J2 girls: 1—Sloan Storey, 15, 16:48 (2nd overall) 16:48. 2—Maranda Stopol, 15, 16:49. 6—Maggie Williams, 14, 17:18. 13—Kaitlyn Landis, 15, 18:55. 16—Elana King-Nakaoka, 14, 19:33. 25—Sarah Williams, 14, 20:53. 26—Brooke Lawrence, 14, 20:53. J3 boys: 1—Henry Holt, 13, Glacier 11:56. 4—Luke Verst, 13, 12:33.

J3 girls: 1—Maddy Watts, 12, 13:08. 3—Haley Montgomery, 13, 13:39. 4—Montana Tucker, 13, 13:48. 5—Katie Feldman, 13, 13:58. 7—Kailey Wilt, 13, 15:07.

J4 boys: Competing for SVSEF were Kristian DeWolfe, Lukas DeWolfe and Alex Feldman.

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