Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Nordic team takes first step to Junior Nationals

At Bohart Ranch in Bozeman

Nicholas Lovett and a solid block of Older Junior/J1 girls led the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s Junior Nordic 32-skier travel team last weekend during the first of three Junior National qualifying races at Bozeman, Mont.

Lovett, 18, won Sunday’s 10-kilometer freestyle race by two seconds and also captured Saturday’s 1.5k classic sprint final over SVSEF teammate Luke Costley, 18, in the OJ/J1 group for ages 16-19.

Sweeping the OJ/J1 podium in Saturday’s 1.5k classic sprint final for the women were winner Laurel Fiddler, second-place Jesse Knori and third-place Maggie Williams. In J2 boys, Zach Williams finished second in the classic sprint.Other podiums for Sun Valley in a field of 118 skiers in the OJ (18-19), J1 (16-17) and J2 (14-15) classes at Bohart Ranch: Peter Wolter second in Sunday’s J2 boys 5k skate; and Fiddler first and Maggie Williams third in Sunday’s 5k skate.

The weekend event set the stage for the next two Junior National qualifiers—Feb. 1-2 at Soldier Hollow, Utah and Feb. 16-17 at Bogus Basin near Boise. Junior Nationals are March 10-16 at Fairbanks, Ak.

SVSEF results by day:

Saturday’s classic sprint

( OJ/J1 girls: 1—Laurel Fiddler. 2—Jesse Knori. 3—Maggie Williams. 5—Maranda Stopol. 9—Katie Feldman. 20—Haley Montgomery. 22—Sarah Williams. 25—Kaitlyn Landis. 28—Cheyanne Stopol (28 skiers).

( OJ/J1 boys: 1—Nicholas Lovett. 2—Luke Costley. 5—Zach Lindahl. 9—Stephen Pfeiffer. 13—Ketchum Wilt. 17—Cole Greenberg. 19—Jake Adicoff. 25—Nate Thomas (34 skiers).

( J2 girls: 8—Annika Landis. 18—Emily Siegel. 20—Loni Unser. 22—Sophia DeKlotz (23 skiers).

( J2 boys: 2—Zach Williams. 4—Peter Wolter. 6—Danny Graves. 8—Thomas Gillespie. 12—Eli Jensen. 14—Ben Brunelle. 16—Lukas DeWolfe. 19—Jacob Truxal. 22—River Vorse. 26—Carter Ros. 31—Derek Thompson (33 skiers).

Sunday’s 5k skate

( OJ/J1 girls: 1—Laurel Fiddler 14:51. 3—Maggie Williams 15:25. 6—Maranda Stopol 15:46. 9—Jesse Knori 15:57. 10—Katie Feldman 16:01. 19—Kaitlyn Landis 17:46. 21—Sarah Williams 17:54. 22—Haley Montgomery 18:04. 27—Cheyanne Stopol 20:40 (27 skiers).

( OJ/J1 boys: 1—Nicholas Lovett 27:13. 7—Cole Greenberg 28:19. 10—Jake Adicoff 28:49. 13—Stephen Pfeiffer 29:16. 17—Nate Thomas 30:11. 19—Ketchum Wilt 30:27. 20—Andrew Graves 30:40. DNF—Luke Costley and Zach Lindahl (35 skies).

( J2 girls: 6—Annika Landis 17:13 (1:58.56 back). 17—Loni Unser 19:54. 21—Sophia DeKlotz 24:26. DNF—Grace Gorham (22 skiers).

( J2 boys: 2—Peter Wolter 14:07 (25.81 back). 5—Zach Williams 14:21. 6—Danny Graves 14:32. 8—Eli Jensen 14:47. 10—Thomas Gillespie 14:52. 13—Jacob Truxal 15:06. 18—River Vorse 15:30. 21—Ben Brunelle 15:44. 25—Lukas DeWolfe 16:15. 28—Carter Ros 17:12. 30—Derek Thompson 17:23 (33 skiers).

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