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Paull and Flynn Win the Gripper; Baic and Ciesla Top Juinors

Sun, Jan  21, 2007 - By Mike Muha

A race at last!

The snow came, although there wasn't enough of it to set a track at Garland for the Garland Gripper Classic Race, so the race was moved to the Cross Country Ski Headquarters. The Headquarters made the best tracks possible in minimal snow by using a special tracksetter that rolls a track into the snow. The device looks like a roller with tracks going around it. If XCHQ had used a normal tracksetting sled, dirt and grass would certainly have been pulled to the surface. Great job on grooming!

132 racers took advantage of the new snow and raced two laps (junior and women) or three laps (men) around the three+ km loop. The course looped around the Manitou Trail, separating racers from a large number of ski tourers on the rest of the trail system. The race course was doubletracked, had three main hills and lots of flatter "doublepoling" sections.

An interval start was used to handle the large number of racers. Racers started every 15 seconds, starting with Juniors and Women (and Curt Peterson, who somehow received a women's race bib) and finished with the men.

Junior Division

Traverse City's Hannah Ciesla put in a blistering pace to finish first among junior girls with a time of 28:43. Kaitlyn Patterson (Cadillac) and Emily Westerman (Traverse City) finished second and third.

NordicSkiRacer Brendon Baic from Walloon Lake put away the competition with a time of 22:30 for first place. Kyle Endicott of Traverse City finished second, with Baic's teammate Mac Brennan from East Jordan taking third.

Junior Girrrls getting excited about having enough snow to race in the Lower Peninsula!

Seniors

Emily Flynn of Team NordicSkiRacer won the day among women with a time of 27:28. Gussie Peterson (Cross Country Ski Headquarters) and Karen Dawson (NordicSkiRacer) finished second and third overall.

The battle among them was a bit closer. Strait Strider's Denny Paull took victory with a time of 30:34, beating Jesse Smith from Traverse City by on 14 second. NordicSkiRacer's Hugh Pritchard was only another 20 seconds behind.

At least one skier doublepoles the entire course. Cliff Onthank gave his upperbody a workout, dragging the rest of his body up and down hills and flats - and finishing 4th overall!

Emily Flynn on her way to victory in the Senior Women's race divison

 

Class Place Last First City Time Rank
J2 Female 15 & Under - 7.4 Km 1 Otwell Julia Traverse City 0:32:54 19
  2 Egbert Megan Traverse City 0:33:35 22
  3 Frick Maria Williamsburg 0:38:14 36
  4 Patterson Britta Cadillac 0:40:51 39
  5 Perkins Katie Traverse City 0:41:01 40
  6 Ward Anna Traverse City 0:45:37 47

J1 Female 16-17 - 7.4 Km 1 Ciesla Hannah Traverse City 0:28:43 12
  2 Patterson Kaitlyn Cadillac 0:29:05 13
  3 Westerman Emily Traverse City 0:31:48 16
  4 Tiffany Bridget Traverse City 0:34:04 25
  5 Keenan Kayla Traverse City 0:34:45 27
  6 Wunsch Adele Traverse City 0:35:27 30
  7 Hertler Katie Traverse City 0:42:08 42
  8 Shaw Jenna Traverse City 0:43:14 45

OJ Female 18-19 - 7.4 Km 1 Gulledge Catarina Roscommon 0:33:22 21

Female 20 -55 - 7.4 Km 1 Flynn Emily Okemos 0:27:28 10
  2 Dawson Karen Farmington Hills 0:34:43 26
  3 Pritchard Julia Brighton 0:35:15 28
  4 Call Mary Alpena 0:37:07 32
  5 Beatty Barb Harbor Springs 0:37:12 33
  6 MuellerBrumbaugh Carole Rockford 0:37:25 35
  7 Upton Fran Roscommon 0:38:31 37
  8 Patterson Diane Cadillac 0:41:07 41
  9 Barnes Teresa Kalamazoo 0:43:11 44
  10 Weir Debi Rapid City 0:53:58 50
  11 Hewlett Julie Tecumsah 1:38:55 52

Female 56 & Over - 7.4 Km 1 Peterson Gussie Midland 0:31:50 17
  2 Mendyk Connie Harbor Springs 0:37:21 34
  3 Timm Cheryl Bay City 0:42:21 43
  4 Caldwell Beth Ann Arbor 0:45:30 46
  5 Murray Jean Mt. Pleasant 0:47:36 48
  6 Merwin Carole Lake Isabella 0:53:38 49

J2 Male 15 & Under - 7.4 Km 1 Baic Brendan Walloon Lake 0:22:30 1
  2 Innis Raymond Traverse City 0:30:53 14
  3 Brown Greg Traverse City 0:31:26 15
  4 Schilkey Garrett Traverse City 0:32:00 18
  5 Roach Shawn Traverse City 0:33:44 23
  6 Heimburger Matt Traverse City 0:35:22 29
  7 Trepp Joergen Traverse City 0:36:59 31
  8 Roberts Travis Lake City 0:55:08 51
  9 Ruffner Garrett Tecumsah 1:39:08 53
  10 Roberts Kyle Lake City 1:47:14 54

J1 Male 16-17 - 7.4 Km 1 Brennan Mac East Jordan 0:23:39 3
  2 Putman Ellliot Traverse City 0:24:46 5
  3 Connick Ian Traverse City 0:26:31 6
  4 Tarczon Kevin Traverse City 0:26:54 7
  5 Alanson Mark Traverse City 0:27:10 8
  6 Harris Kirk Traverse City 0:27:20 9
  7 Schade Alexander Traverse City 0:33:00 20
  8 Endicott Neal Traverse City 0:39:09 38

OJ Male 18-19 - 7.4 Km 1 Endicott Kyle Traverse City 0:23:03 2
  2 Ward William Traverse City 0:24:29 4
  3 Harris Ben Traverse City 0:28:42 11
  4 Hawkin Sam Traverse City 0:33:45 24

Male 20 To 42 - 11.1 Km 1 Paull Denny Cheboygan 0:30:34 1
  2 Smith Jesse Traverse City 0:30:48 2
  3 Pritchard Hugh Brighton 0:31:08 3
  4 Kuhl Steve Brighton 0:32:30 5
  5 Byar Christian Spring Lake 0:32:40 6
  6 Smigiel Stephen Cedar Springs 0:33:09 7
  7 Vigland Todd Interlochen 0:34:08 9
  8 Todd Dell Grand Rapids 0:34:49 11
  9 Coulter Melzar Grand Rapids 0:36:37 17
  10 Foltz Jon Boyne City 0:36:48 18
  11 Goodman Glenn Bellaire 0:37:22 20
  12 Seaman Michael Mt. Pleasant 0:38:01 21
  13 Vreeken Steve Rochester 0:38:09 22
  14 Trarnow Aaron Ann Arbor 0:40:12 28
  15 Smith Robert Roscommon 0:40:24 29
  16 VonWallmenich Theo Alma 0:43:33 41
  17 Feldkamp Tim Ann Arbor 0:43:39 42

Male 43 To 49 - 11.1 Km 1 Muha Mike Wixom 0:33:57 8
  2 Heady Doug Ann Arbor 0:35:24 12
  3 Rockwood Andy Traverse City 0:36:52 19
  4 Smith Randy Williamsburg 0:38:16 24
  5 Green Jamie Gaylord 0:38:34 25
  6 Kanaby Larry Bad Axe 0:40:03 27
  7 Moore Joel Harbor springs 0:40:44 31
  8 Kurz Mark Indian River 0:42:01 37
  9 Madorski Mark Leonard 0:43:50 43
  10 Temkin Mike Troy 0:44:11 44
  11 Knight Kip Elk Rapids 0:44:55 45
  12 Neier Rick Tawas City 0:45:10 46
  13 Eifler Bob Traverse City 0:45:29 48
  14 Freed Mark Mt. Pleasant 0:45:47 50
  15 Ernst Dale Sandusky 0:48:40 56
  16 Love John St. Johns 0:50:46 63
  17 Schultz Tyler Saline 0:54:30 68
  18 Gillespie Sam Shelby Twp 1:20:30 78

Male 50 To 55 - 11.1 Km 1 Onthank Clifford Traverse City 0:31:43 4
  2 Weingartz Chris Petoskey 0:35:55 14
  3 Camp Don Grand Haven 0:36:11 16
  4 Luce Robin Central Lake 0:39:43 26
  5 Kessler Randy Milford 0:41:50 35
  6 Rynalski Frank Bay City 0:42:57 39
  7 West Bob Bloomingdale 0:45:20 47
  8 Ruffner Spencer Tecumsah 0:47:02 53
  9 Pike Jeff Highland 0:47:18 54
  10 Moore Jeff Northville 0:48:10 55
  11 Kraai Rick Holland 0:49:18 57
  12 Nolan Dan Holland 0:50:15 61
  13 Thielfoldt Devan Troy 0:51:10 65
  14 Ahrenberg Bill Cheboygan 0:56:38 71
  15 Mergentine Larry Ortonville 1:09:03 77

Male 56 To 60 - 11.1 Km 1 Brundage Bill Traverse City 0:34:47 10
  2 Peterson Curt Midland 0:35:39 13
  3 Dawson Ken Farmington Hills 0:36:07 15
  4 Kaltz William Pinckney 0:38:11 23
  5 Jones Chris Roscommon 0:41:03 32
  6 Brumbaugh Ernie Rockford 0:42:45 38
  7 Timm Larry Bay City 0:43:22 40
  8 Christopher Wayne Alpena 0:46:13 51
  9 Call Vince Alpena 0:46:28 52
  10 Johnson Max Brutus 0:49:21 58
  11 Gambert George Bellaire 0:49:51 59
  12 Weir Rick Rapid City 0:50:08 60
  13 Merwin Greg Lake Isabella 0:50:27 62
  14 Sexton Ron South Lyon 0:54:12 67
  15 Reicks Brian Roscommon 0:59:24 74

Male 61& Over - 11.1 Km 1 Haefner Bill Clarkston 0:40:34 30
  2 Clary Ed Amherst 0:41:26 33
  3 Smigiel Steve Sr Ada 0:41:49 34
  4 Johnson Peter Whitehall 0:41:55 36
  5 Meyer Jim Onaway 0:45:46 49
  6 Blumenthal Dave Alpena 0:51:08 64
  7 Boal Ellis Charlevoix 0:53:43 66
  8 Drysdale Raymond Albion 0:55:47 69
  9 Dealing Jim Mt. Pleasant 0:56:27 70
  10 Matson Bill Saginaw 0:57:21 72
  11 Caldwell John Ann Arbor 0:57:28 73
  12 Rushford Tom Bay City 1:05:50 75
  13 Wells Richard Hamtrakick 1:08:04 76