Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pokorny, Williams win classic at Soldier Hollow

40 SVSEF skiers in the field of 630 racers

Annie Pokorny leads the pack at Soldier Hollow last weekend. Courtesy photo by Craig Phe-lan

     Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation cross-country skiers had a thrill skiing in Utah at the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics Nordic events Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28-29.

     Traveling to Soldier Hollow, Utah for the second of three 2011 Junior National qualifying competitions were 40 SVSEF junior racers led by Annie Pokorny, Maggie Williams and Max Christman.

     Older Junior racer Annie Pokorny, 18, won Saturday’s women’s 10-kilometer classic race with a time of 31:32, 23 seconds ahead of Michaela Frias of Steamboat Springs. In fifth place of 74 finishers was SVSEF J1 Sloan Storey in 33:03.

     Williams, 15, continued her domination of the J2 girls’ events this season with a 31-second victory out of 68 finishers in the J2 girls’ 5k classic. Christman was ninth overall in the 119-racer men’s OJ/J1 field over the 15k distance.

     In Friday’s sprints, Pokorny won the OJ/J1 women’s “A” final, while teammates Storey and Kelsey Dickinson finished first and fourth in the “B” finals of the top class. Williams was second to McCall’s Anika Miller in the J2 “A” final.

     Sun Valley’s older boys dominated the OJ/J1 “B” sprint final with Scotty Phelan, Daniel Sundali and Brandon Wade placing 1-3-6.

     As a Super Qualifier, the Soldier Hollow races welcomed teams and skiers from outside the Intermountain Division. Teams from Colorado, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and California competed. There were 630 skiers Saturday.

     The final JN qualifying events and selection of the 2011 Intermountain Division team to Junior Nationals in Minneapolis, Minn. March 6-12 will be made after the Sun Valley qualifying races Feb. 12-13 at Lake Creek north of Ketchum.

     SVSEF results from Soldier Hollow follow:

Saturday, Jan. 29

     Older Junior (18-19) boys’ 15k classic: 3—Max Christman 43:17  (9th overall of 119 finishers). 4—William Spiller 44:11. 7—Scotty Phelan 44:59. DNF—Daniel Sundali.

     J1 (16-17) boys’ 15k classic: 12—Torin Tucker 45:11. 13—Ketchum Wilt 45:15. 14—Andrew Pfeiffer 45:27. 20—Jackson Long 46:25. 32—Gray Riedinger 46:26. 33—Brandon Wade 47:53. 34—Zach Lindahl 47:54.

     Older Junior girls’ 10k classic: 1—Annie Pokorny 31:32 (1st overall of 74 finishers). 2—Carrie Heagney 34:08.

     J1 girls’ 10k classic: 4—Sloan Storey 33:03 (5th overall). 14—Maranda Stopol 35:04. 17—Morgan Atkinson 35:43. 34—Kaitlyn Landis 39:08. DNF—Emily Williams and Kelsey Dickinson.

     J2 (14-15) boys’ 5k classic: 7—Stephen Pfeiffer 14:45. 10—Jake Adicoff 15:01. 19—Andrew Graves 15:24. 23—Ty Reinemann 15:28. 33—Nate Thomas 16:14. 36—Nathan Nasvik 16:21. 39—Andrew Morse 16:24. 51—Calder Zarkos 16:56 (92 finishers).

     J2 girls’ 5k classic: 1—Maggie Williams 15:57. 17—Katie Feldman 18:02. 21—Haley Montgomery 18:16. 25—Elana King-Nakaoka 18:42. 42—Brooke Lawrence 19:41. 46—Sarah Williams 20:18 (68 finishers).

     Novice girls’ 3k classic: 7—Cheyanne Stopol 16:30.

     J3 (12-13) boys’ 3k classic: 18—Daniel Graves 11:58. 35—Thomas Gillespie 12:54. DNF—Lukas DeWolfe.

     J3 girls’ 3k classic: 8—Annika Landis 11:38. 10—Madison Watts 11:51. 40—Emily Siegel 14:23 (58 finishers).

     J4 (10-11) boys’ 2k classic: 1—Zach Williams 6:56 (35 finishers).

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