Some 495 cross-country skiers including 42 from the Wood River Valley took part in the 33rd annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Nordic races Saturday, March 3 on the Rendezvous Ski trails at West Yellowstone, Mt.
Corporate sponsor was Yellowstone National Park Lodges. The American Ski Marathon Series event offered freestyle racing at 50 kilometer (31 miles), 25k, 10k, 5k and 2k distances, plus a 25k classic race.
Of the Wood River racers, 25 made the podium in their age classes including 12 class gold medalists.
They were Sam East and Francette Labatut at 10k; Kelly Allison, Patrick Simpson and Grace Dyck 25k skate; Robert Youngman, Del Pletcher and 85-year-old Charley French 25k classic; Jon Engen, Alexa Turzian, Elizabeth Youngman and Andy Andrews 50k.
Indeed, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Gold Team racer Turzian was the first of 28 women (146 finishers at the long distance) in the 50k marathon. She placed 18th overall with a time of 3.04:37, while Elizabeth Youngman was the third woman in 3.14:57.
SVSEF racer Jake Adicoff was the third-place overall finisher in the 25k classic event. And Kelly Allison was the third woman in the 25k freestyle.
10 kilometer skate
1—Tyson Odden, 14, Bozeman, Mt. 42:50. 9—Xavier Haemmerle, 14, 51:56 (5th 14-17). 26—Sam East, 71, 58:47 (1st 70-74). 38—Francette Labatut, 58, 1.03:57 (1st 55-59)—75 finishers.
1—Andy Liebner, 28, Marquette, Mich. 1.19:12. 8—Evan Martell, 19, 1.32:10 (3rd 18-24). 9—Andrew Graves, 16, 1.32:21 (3rd 0-17). 11—Nate Nasvik, 15, 1.36:27 (4th 0-17). 12—Brandy Stewart, 34, Bozeman 1.36:30 (1st female). 18—Kelly Allison, 50, 1.38:12 (1st 50-54, 3rd female).
33—Patrick Simpson, 60, 1.44:15 (1st 60-64). 54—Kaitlyn Landis, 17, 1.51:27 (2nd 0-17). 72—Darlene Young, 52, 1.58:26 (3rd 50-54). 80—Matthew Gervase, 62, 1.59:55 (5th 60-64). 84—Carol Rank, 54, 2.00:19 (4th 50-54). 92—Tullio Celano, 69, 2.03:26 (2nd 65-69). 94—Grace Dyck, 70, 2.03:38 (1st 70-74). 103—Edward Miller, 64, 2.06:49 (8th 60-64). 116—Peter Maier, 71, 2.12:07 (2nd 70-74). 141—Mike Penrose, 65, 2.45:05 (6th 65-69)—144 finishers.
1—Kyle Beling, 16, Park City, Utah 1.38:59. 3—Jake Adicoff, 16, 1.44:00 (3rd 0-17). 4—Stephen Pfeiffer, 16, 1.44:01 (4th 0-17). 6—Robert Youngman, 55, 1.45:17 (1st 55-59). 8—Ty Reinemann, 16, 1.45:32 (5th 0-17). 11—Drew Morse, 15, 1.47:54 (6th 0-17). 14—Del Pletcher, 67, 1.49:06 (1st 65-69). 34—Craig Phelan, 60, 2.04:59 (3rd 60-64). 47—Katherine Sheldon, 54, 2.25:10 (5th 50-54). 60—Roger Miller, 68, 2.34:36 (3rd 65-69). 65—Karen Simpson, 60, 2.38:51 (3rd 60-64). 70—Charley French, 85, 2.42:00 (1st 85-89). 73—Marilyn Celano, 60, 2.43:45 (4th 60-64)—80 finishers.
1—Leif Zimmerman, 28, Bozeman 2.39:30. 7—David Vanderpool, 25, 2.52:18 (4th 25-29). 8—Jon Engen, 54, 2.52:35 (1st 50-54). 18—Alexa Turzian, 23, 3.04:37 (1st 18-24, 1st female). 30—Kris Thoreson, 54, 3.11:26 (5th 50-54). 36—Elizabeth Youngman, 52, 3.14:57 (1st 50-54, 3rd female). 43—John Reuter, 27, 3.19:18 (6th 25-29). 61—Liv Jensen, 40, 3.26:29 (2nd 40-44). 80—Laura Theis, 28, 3.37:03 (2nd 25-29). 84—John Kurtz, 42, 3.38:21 (10th 40-44). 91—Jon Holmquist, 58, 3.40:45 (4th 55-59). 97—Andy Andrews, 70, 3.43:14 (1st 70-74). 98—Susan Thoreson, 50, 3.44:02 (3rd 50-54). 106—Hannah Young, 34, 3.48:11 (4th 30-34)—146 finishers.
Sprint races open Junior Nationals at Soldier Hollow
The first races are in the book for the 2012 U.S. Junior National Nordic Ski Championships at Soldier Hollow, Utah. There are 16 Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation racers who have qualified for the Intermountain Division team at Soldier this week.
Monday's 1.3-kilometer classic sprints showed the power of the New England team which won the Final A heats of five of the six finals. The age divisions are Older Junior (ages 18-19), J1 (16-17) and J2 (14-15) for boys and girls at Junior Nationals.
Top results for Sun Valley came in the J1 finals.
For J1 girls, Jesse Knori won her semi-final and placed second to New England's Corey Stock in the Final A. In J1 boys, Cole Morgan won his semi-final and finished third to New England's Eli Hoenig in the Final A.
Sun Valley's Sloan Storey was seventh in J1 girls, winning the Final B bracket. Maggie Williams was a quarterfinalist for Sun Valley in J1.
In OJ men, Kevin Bolger raced through the quarterfinals and semi-finals and placed eighth overall, taking second in the Final B. Again, the victory went to New England in the form of Eric Lustgarten of St. Lawrence University in New York.
Kelsey Dickinson and Jack Steele were Sun Valley quarterfinalists in OJ girls and boys. So was Nate Thomas in J2 boys. Others in the 16-skier SVSEF contingent this week are:
J1/Older Junior boys: Ketchum Wilt, Gray Riedinger and Zach Lindahl.
J1/OJ girls: Margaret Pope, Maranda Stopol and Morgan Atkinson.
J2 girls: Annika Landis and Katie Feldman.
Races continue Wednesday with mass start freestyle. On Friday the schedule calls for interval start classic events, with Saturday's freestyle relays wrapping up the meet.