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Lyon and Delong sprint to a perfect weekend!

Mon, Feb  20, 2017 - By Mike Muha

The last event in the Michigan High School Cross Country Ski Championships was the Freestyle Sprint. Racers first did a short time "qualifying" time trial. The results of the time trial were used to seed the sprint rounds. Eighteen girls and twenty boys qualified for the sprint heats.

Traverse City Central's Mary Lyon won the sprint after finishing 5th in the qualifying time trial, finishing first in every race over the weekend. Anabel Needham of the Copper Country Ski Tigers won the qualifier but finished second behind Lyon. Bethany Wright finished third overall after taking a second in the time trial.

Pursuit champion Mitchell Delong of the Copper Country Ski Tigers won the boys sprint after taking first in the qualifier. Reid Goble of Petoskey was second (fourth in the qualifier). Nikolai Huotari finished the podium, taking third in both the qualifier and the sprint.

Hammering in the sprint cross country ski race

Hammering in the sprint race!

For those with a statistical mind, how a skier does in the qualifying race does not perfectly predict how you will do in the final sprint. In fact, for the girls who qualified for the sprint, qualifying place was only 84% successful in predicting final sprint results. For the boys, it was even less: 70%. Raw speed is important, but positioning, passing skills, ability to ski in close quarters, and simple will power can change the odds. In addition, some skiers will go just fast enough to qualify for the sprint, saving their effort for the final heats. The graphs below show the variability in qualifying place vs. final sprint placing at this years Championship Sprint:

Scatterplot of qualify place and sprint finish

 

Time

Girls Sprint Results

OVERALL
FINISH
QUALIFYING
FINISH
BibNameTeam nameAgeQualifying
Time
Difference
1 5 110 Mary Lyon TC Central/West 17 3:39 +1:02
2 1 104 Anabel Needham Copper Country 15 3:18 +0:41
3 2 103 Bethany Wright Marquette 18 3:22 +0:45
4 3 113 Ericka Asmus Marquette 14 3:28 +0:51
5 8 109 Kora Johnson Copper Country 13 3:48 +1:11
6 6 122 Maria Velat Copper Country 12 3:46 +1:09
7 4 101 Isabel Carr Marquette 16 3:28 +0:51
8 11 111 Kaysen Mortensen-Chown TC Central/West 16 4:02 +1:25
9 9 119 Abigail Jean TC Central/West 15 4:00 +1:23
10 7 102 Kelly Klettner TC St Francis 16 3:46 +1:09
11 12 108 Arielle Jean Vasa Ski Club 13 4:03 +1:26
12 10 120 Grace Argeropoulos Marquette 15 4:00 +1:23
13 14 114 Katie Erhardt TC St Francis 17 4:11 +1:34
14 13 106 Dana Pflughoeft TC Central/West 18 4:10 +1:33
15 19 138 Angie Grunert Copper Country 12 4:33 +1:56
16 18 112 Talon Prusi Ishpeming Ski Club 15 4:31 +1:54
17 25 118 Athena Gillespie TC St Francis 14 5:06 +2:29
18 27 130 Camilla Kiessel TC St Francis 14 6:17 +3:40
  15 116 Libby Gorman TC St Francis 14 4:22 +1:45
  16 121 Emma Stahl Marquette 15 4:25 +1:48
  17 117 Maya Dean TC Central/West 14 4:30 +1:53
  20 137 Brianna Argeropoulos Marquette 17 4:35 +1:58
  21 128 Lena Gerstle TC Central/West 16 4:43 +2:06
  22 131 Sidney Carrigan TC Central/West 14 4:48 +2:11
  23 136 Aili Simpson TC Central/West 16 4:57 +2:20
  24 129 Helena Leoni Averdung TC Central/West 16 4:59 +2:22
  26 126 Maggie Cooney TC Central/West 14 5:23 +2:46
  - 105 Kathryn Clulo TC St Francis 17 DNS -
  - 107 Kayla Decker Petoskey 15 DNS -
  - 115 Emma Schwab Vasa Ski Club 15 DNS -
  - 123 Lucy Stiebel TC Central/West 14 DNS -
  - 124 Audrey Braund TC Central/West 14 DNS -
  - 125 Mackenzie Campbell TC Central/West 16 DNS -
  - 127 Macy Fouch TC Central/West 17 DNS -
  - 132 Madelaine Parker TC Central/West 16 DNS -
  - 133 Amelia Burke TC Central/West 16 DNS -
  - 134 Abby Puckett TC Central/West 16 DNS -
  - 135 Leandra Bruggink Marquette 14 DNS -
  - 139 Maddie Webster Petoskey 14 DNS -

Boys Sprint Results

OVERALL
FINISH
QUALIFYING
FINISH
BibNameTeam nameAgeQualifying
Time
Difference
1 1 3 Mitchell Delong Copper Country 17 2:37 -
2 4 6 Reid Goble Petoskey 17 2:53 +0:16
3 3 10 Nikolai Huotari Copper Country 16 2:49 +0:12
4 6 22 Dan Groeneveld Copper Country 16 3:07 +0:30
5 5 1 Jacob Dean TC Central/West 17 3:05 +0:28
6 8 5 Isaac Coulter TC Central/West 16 3:15 +0:38
7 11 12 Julien Malherbe Marquette 15 3:21 +0:44
8 12 4 Nate Garwood Marquette 16 3:26 +0:49
9 15 19 Martin Chown TC Central/West 17 3:33 +0:56
10 16 29 Elliott Smith TC Central/West 16 3:36 +0:59
11 13 2 Thomas Ziegler Ishpeming Ski Club 18 3:31 +0:54
12 19 24 Aleut Hatfield Marquette 15 3:40 +1:03
13 14 7 Ethan Hall Marquette 17 3:32 +0:55
14 18 11 Grady Kerst Ishpeming Ski Club 17 3:39 +1:02
15 20 8 Joseph Thuente TC St Francis 14 3:41 +1:04
16 48 46 Alec Prusi Ishpeming Ski Club 14 4:36 +1:59
17 26 15 Luke Rasper Petoskey 15 3:50 +1:13
18 27 26 Timothy Ziegler Ishpeming Ski Club 14 3:53 +1:16
19 33 16 Gavin Dyer Petoskey 14 3:58 +1:21
20 31 31 Spencer Tallman Petoskey 16 3:55 +1:18
  2 9 Matthew Chard Copper Country 18 2:38 +0:01
  7 53 Galen Resh Chimner Copper Country 15 3:08 +0:31
  9 20 Joseph Wood Copper Country 15 3:16 +0:39
  10 28 Ilhan Onder Copper Country 16 3:18 +0:41
  17 17 Ted Roe TC Central/West 15 3:37 +1:00
  21 30 Mathurin Gagnon Marquette 15 3:42 +1:05
  22 18 Andrew Amato TC Central/West 16 3:42 +1:05
  23 33 Matt Pillifant Marquette 15 3:45 +1:08
  24 14 Elliot Prusi Ishpeming Ski Club 16 3:49 +1:12
  25 35 Evan Ampe Marquette 14 3:49 +1:12
  28 51 Clay Myers TC Central/West 18 3:53 +1:16
  29 34 Seth Potts Marquette 16 3:54 +1:17
  30 32 Colton Yesney Ishpeming Ski Club 17 3:54 +1:17
  32 45 Moses Waite Marquette 14 3:56 +1:19
  34 47 Thomas Lyle Copper Country 16 3:59 +1:22
  35 42 Mathew Janowski Marquette 14 4:01 +1:24
  36 37 Eli Wiitala Marquette 14 4:01 +1:24
  37 13 Anthony Greenaugh Petoskey 15 4:01 +1:24
  38 55 Carson Needham TC Central/West 15 4:03 +1:26
  39 25 Seth Jordan Petoskey 16 4:05 +1:28
  40 40 Mike Fraley Copper Country 13 4:05 +1:28
  41 48 Matt Milado Marquette 18 4:06 +1:29
  42 21 Anton Epskamp Petoskey 16 4:10 +1:33
  43 36 Jack Myers TC Central/West 16 4:10 +1:33
  44 49 Jack Myers TC Central/West 14 4:22 +1:45
  45 23 KJ Pruett Ishpeming Ski Club 17 4:25 +1:48
  46 56 Henry Urbain TC Central/West 14 4:26 +1:49
  47 50 Matt Penrose Ishpeming Ski Club 17 4:32 +1:55
  49 41 Alex Gilliam Marquette 15 4:37 +2:00
  50 43 Greg Koontz Petoskey 14 4:41 +2:04
  51 44 Eric Steve Ishpeming Ski Club 17 4:42 +2:05
  52 54 Jared Steve Ishpeming Ski Club 15 4:59 +2:22
  53 38 Matt Cooper Petoskey 15 5:11 +2:34
  - 27 Ben Mason Petoskey 15 DNS -
  - 39 Jack Doerr TC Central/West 14 DNS -
  - 52 Griffin Pepin Ishpeming Ski Club 18 DNS -