Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Turzian collects Yellowstone Nordic win

Plenty of podiums for valley racers

     Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation cross-country ski team alum Alexa Turzian, 25, of Sun Valley won the women’s division of the 35th annual Yellowstone Rendezvous 50-kilometer freestyle race Saturday, March 8 at West Yellowstone, Mt.

     Turzian (2.19:09) finished less than a second ahead of 51-year-old Roxanne Toly of Park City, Utah (2.19:10) to lead the 27 women at the long distance of Saturday’s Great American Ski Chase event. In all, there were 141 racers on the 50k course. Turzian and Toly placed 20-21 overall.

     Patrick Johnson, 24, a former SVSEF Gold Team racer from Anchorage, Ak. and Middlebury College, captured his second straight Yellowstone men’s 50k title in 1.58:47 which was 67 seconds faster than runner-up Tyler Reinking, 23, of Bozeman, Mt. (1.59:54).

     Some 498 cross-country skiers including 29 from the Wood River Valley finished Yellowstone Rendezvous races on 50k (31 miles), 25k, 10k, 5k and 2k courses, plus a 25k classic race.

     Once again, Wood River racers did particularly well at the 25k classic distance, putting seven skiers in the top-25 standings. Classic race winners were Craig Hertz, 28, of Duluth, Minn. in 1.13:50 and Cambria McDermott, 20, of Putney, Vt. in 1.17:35, fourth overall of 88 finishers.

     Of the Wood River racers, 24 made the podium in their age classes including 13 class gold medalists and eight silver winners. Taking gold were:

     Sam East at 10k; Richard Knoebel, Erin Zell, Carol Mutzel and Shauna Thoreson in 25k skate; Robert Youngman, Joan Scheingraber, Elizabeth Youngman, Bob Rosso and Grace Dyck in the 25k classic; along with Turzian, Kris Thoreson and Laura Theis at the 50k distance.

     Here are top results and Wood River Valley racers with overall finishes, ages, times and class places (in parentheses):

10 kilometer skate

     1—Alex Wilson, 15, West Yellowstone, Mt. 29:37. 26—Nanette Hinton, 57, 43:11 (2nd, 8th female). 30—Sam East, 73, 43:35 (1st)—67 finishers.

25k freestyle

     1—Levin Zars, 21, Laramie, Wyo. 1.01:00. 22—Richard Knoebel, 60, 1.13:48 (1st). 34—Erin Zell, 39, 1.17:29 (1st, 4th female). 43—Matthew Gervase, 64, 1.20:51 (3rd). 84—Carol Mutzel, 61, 1.32:32 (1st). 117—Robyn Wolff, 45, 1.52:06 (5th). 123—Shauna Thoreson, 79, 2.10:59 (1st)—128 finishers.

25k classic

     1—Craig Hertz, 28, Duluth 1.13:50. 10—Robert Youngman, 57, 1.21:02 (1st). 12—Joan Scheingraber, 45, 1.23:50 (1st, 3rd female). 13—Elizabeth Youngman, 54, 1.24:06 (1st, 4th female). 15—Bob Rosso, 66, 1.24:20 (1st). 16—Del Pletcher, 69, 1.24:33 (2nd). 20—Don Shepler, 40, 1.27:03 (5th). 22—Muffy Ritz, 56, 1.27:45 (2nd, 8th female). 31—Patrick Simpson, 62, 1.34:04 (2nd). 42—Joney Otteson, 53, 1.40:13 (4th). 53—Kate Rosso, 59, 1.50:43 (4th). 58—Grace Dyck, 72, 1.54:22 (1st). 63—Roger Miller, 70, 2.03:29 (2nd). 70—Francette Labatut, 60, 2.11:27 (2nd). 77—Mel Dyck, 72, 2.20:08 (3rd)—88 finishers.

50k freestyle

     1—Patrick Johnson, 24, Truckee, Ca. 1.58:47. 20—Alexa Turzian, 25, 2.19:09 (1st, 1st female). 27—Kris Thoreson, 56, 2.21:41 (1st). 67—Liv Jensen, 42, 2.39:29 (2nd). 84—Laura Theis, 30, 2.44:59 (1st). 95—Susan Thoreson, 52, 2.50:14 (2nd). 119—Cortney Vandenburgh, 36, 3.03:01 (3rd). 121—Molly Page, 42, 3.04:04 (6th)—143 finishers.

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