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XCHQ Wins Michigan Cup Relays

Results

Sun, Mar  18, 2007 - By Mike Muha

The Cross Country Ski Headquarters raced to victory in the Michigan Cup Relays on Saturday, March 17, 2007. Fielding 20 relay teams, the Headquarters won 4 of the 12 relay divisions to finish with 4,236 team points. Team NordicSkiRacer.com was second with 13 relay teams, 6 wins, and 3,585 teams points.

Michigan cup relays at the cross country ski headquarters

Start of the Relays. Yvon Dufour leads the pack up the first hill.

Fifty teams competed under sunny skies and very fast skiing conditions at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Higgins Lake. Temperatures were in the mid-20s and conditions were power-tilled icy powder over hard pack and ice.

Relay teams were composed of three skiers. The first leg raced two laps around the Rolling Hills Trail using classic technique. Legs 2 and 3 skied freestyle and raced three laps each.

Tagging off to the next skier

Classic skiers used klister. With icy tracks from the previous week's warm spell, much time was spent out of the tracks in the skating lane trying to get purchase on the uphills.

Downhills corners were tricky. The last downhill on Rolling Hills featured a sharp right turn that quickly become a sheet of ice. Many a skier slid around the corner only to end up in the trees. A cheering gallery was on hand to award the best falls!

The sheet of ice on the last downhill corner took its toll on both novice and top skiers alike!

The Relays - always a festive race - were made more festive by the bright tents and banners set up by Fischer and Solomon featuring demo skis. The awards lunch was held under bright skies and featured brats and subs, and many "team" beverages brought to celebrate the last Michigan Cup race of the season.

Team Name Number of Teams Relay Points
Cross Country Ski Headquarters 20 4,236
NordicSkiRacer 13* 3,585
Strait Striders 6 1,375
Grand Rapid Nordic Ski Team 4* 1,449
Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop 5 1,455
Traverse Nordic Ski Club 1 300
*NordicSkiRacer and Grand Rapids Nordic had an additional combined team.   

Leading the team to victory!



Leg 1 (Classic) Leg 2 (Freestyle) Leg 3 (Freestyle)


Place Team Name 1 Split 1 Rank 1 Name 2 Split 2 Rank 2 Name 3 Split 3 Rank 3 Team Time Overall Rank MI Cup Points

Coed Division

59 & Under
1 XCSH Kyle Roberts 0:41:48 50 Travis Roberts 0:31:10 45 Brita Patterson 0:33:26 48 1:46:24 48 400
60 to 119
1 GRNST Dell Todd 0:12:02 3 Amy Todd 0:22:05 16 Michael Seamer 0:18:57 12 0:53:04 9 400
2 XCSH Gwenn Stevenson 0:28:19 44 Derek Reicks 0:27:06 34 Rick Neier 0:21:07 21 1:16:32 39 267
3 NSR Gordon Meyers 0:25:24 42 Bobby Ljubie 0:26:05 31 Julie Pritchard 0:31:34 46 1:23:03 43 133
120 to 164
1 NSR Doug Heady 0:13:39 10 Lexanne Creitz 0:23:37 23 Andy Stevens 0:17:07 4 0:54:23 11 400
2 SS Christ Weingartz 0:12:58 6 Jean VanDam 0:22:16 18 Steve VanDam 0:19:19 14 0:54:33 12 356
3 HH/CCSS Jamie Green 0:15:47 16 Ann Wager 0:25:03 29 Ed Anderson 0:18:35 10 0:59:25 17 311
4 HH/CCSS Brad Wagner 0:13:43 11 Steve Seager 0:20:02 8 Chris Seager 0:27:21 44 1:01:06 20 267
5 NSR Susan Joslin 0:20:51 36 Tim Feldcamp 0:20:47 11 Mark Madorski 0:21:49 25 1:03:27 22 222
6 SS Jeff Moore 0:18:15 29 Linda Atkins 0:27:08 35 Dave Atkins 0:21:40 24 1:07:03 25 178
7 NSR Mark Freed 0:16:27 20 Linda Allen 0:27:19 37 Greg Worrel 0:24:50 35 1:08:36 28 133
8 XCSH Tyler Schultz 0:20:16 34 Steve Lemos 0:28:44 40 Heather Lemos 0:26:14 42 1:15:14 37 89
9 XCSH Jill Rynalski 0:39:20 49 Kelly Kanaby 0:47:15 50 Jeff Forshey 0:25:20 36 1:51:55 50 44
165 & Over
1 NSR William Haeffner 0:16:59 23 Karen Dawson 0:23:56 25 Doug Cornell 0:19:29 15 1:00:24 19 400
2 SS Scott Hotchkiss 0:18:03 27 Connie Mendyk 0:28:24 38 Kevin Kelly 0:23:00 29 1:09:27 30 267
3 NSR Julie Hewlett 0:29:24 45 Frank Nizio 0:25:02 28 Spencer Ruffner 0:25:41 38 1:20:07 41 133

Women's Division

59 & Under
1 XCSH Kaitlyn Patterson 0:17:11 24 Toria Kanaby 0:37:14 47 Adrienne Walts 0:26:10 41 1:20:35 42 400
60 to 119
1 NSR Emily Flynn 0:16:07 17 Joann Cavaletto 0:25:43 30 Mackenzie Kuhl 0:25:51 39 1:07:41 26 400
120 to 164
1 XCSH Lynne Frye 0:23:23 39 Diane Patterson 0:27:12 36 Fran Upton 0:24:31 34 1:15:06 36 400
2 XCSH Debi Weir 0:33:07 46 Sita Compton 0:32:04 46 Chris Fowler 0:34:12 49 1:39:23 47 200
165 & Over
1 XCSH Jean Murray 0:36:21 48 Carole Merwyn 0:40:20 49 Beth Caldwell 0:33:23 47 1:50:04 49 400

Men's Division

59 & Under
1 NSR Aaron Tarnow 0:13:22 9 Philip Conklin 0:21:31 15 Brendan Baic 0:17:41 6 0:52:34 7 400
2 XCSH Jimmy Frye 0:18:01 26 Joe Barnes 0:28:54 42 Daniel Temkin 0:22:31 26 1:09:26 29 267
3 NSR Philip Hammersley 0:20:19 35 Dan Motowski 0:23:15 21 Garrett Ruffner 0:41:09 50 1:24:43 46 133
60 to 119
1 NSR Hugh Pritchard 0:11:26 1 Steve Kuhl 0:16:17 1  Joe Bettendorf 0:15:56 1 0:43:39 1 400
2 TCNSC Cliff Onthank 0:11:40 2 Milan Baic 0:16:41 2 Jesse Smith 0:16:16 3 0:44:37 2 300
3 HH/CCSS Glen Goodman 0:13:07 7 Robert Smith 0:18:01 4 Justin Andre 0:20:08 17 0:51:16 5 200
4 XCSH Morgan Weir 0:15:35 15 David Thelen 0:20:46 10 Larry Kanaby 0:18:49 11 0:55:10 13 100
120 to 164
1 GRNST Greg Worsnop 0:12:37 5 Christian Byar 0:17:30 3 Dave Maclean 0:17:36 5 0:47:43 3 400
2 NSR Yvon Dufour 0:13:18 8 Mike Muha 0:19:03 5 Dave Fanslow 0:16:08 2 0:48:29 4 356
3 GRNST Randy Bladel 0:12:21 4 Stuart Picard 0:21:06 14 Don Camp 0:18:10 7 0:51:37 6 311
4 SS Mark Kurz 0:16:22 18 Joel Moore 0:20:54 12 Jake Zehnder 0:18:26 9 0:55:42 14 267
5 XCSH Mike Quillinan 0:14:07 12 Rick Weir 0:23:02 20 Kip Knight 0:20:00 16 0:57:09 15 222
6 XCSH Dale Ernst 0:16:47 22 Mike Temkin 0:20:38 9 Theo VonWellmenich 0:20:28 18 0:57:53 16 178
7 XCSH Mike Keenz 0:23:28 40 Greg Thelen 0:20:56 13 Frank Rynalski 0:20:34 19 1:04:58 23 133
8 XCSH Marvin Stevenson 0:23:57 41 Bob Gastley 0:22:43 19 Tim Cook 0:21:13 22 1:07:53 27 89
9 NSR Scott Hammersley 0:36:06 47 Steve Karlsen 0:23:23 22 Rick Krani 0:24:16 32 1:23:45 45 44
165 & Over
1 NSR William Kaltz 0:14:52 13 Randy Kessler 0:19:29 6 Ken Dawson 0:18:20 8 0:52:41 8 400
2 HH/CCSS Dick Fultz 0:14:59 14 Cris Jones 0:19:51 7 Robin Luce 0:19:12 13 0:54:02 10 369
3 GRNST Michael Keenan 0:16:25 19 Peter Johnson 0:22:05 16 Ernie Brumbaugh 0:21:24 23 0:59:54 18 338
4 HH/CCSS Joe Siefert 0:16:42 21 John Johnson 0:24:29 26 Robert Fairman 0:20:35 20 1:01:46 21 308
5 XCSH Larry Timm 0:17:23 25 John Geiger 0:24:45 27 Greg Merwin 0:22:54 28 1:05:02 24 277
6 XCSH Bob Frye 0:19:59 32 Bill Metson 0:27:05 33 Jeff Pike 0:23:47 31 1:10:51 31 246
7 SS Bill Ahrenberg 0:20:05 33 Max Johnson 0:29:15 44 Jim Meyer 0:23:46 30 1:13:06 32 215
8 XCSH John Koski 0:18:12 28 Jack Caldwell 0:28:47 41 Sam Gillespie 0:26:28 43 1:13:27 33 185
9 XCSH Brian Reicks 0:22:59 38 Dale Arbour 0:26:55 32 Hap Wright 0:24:18 33 1:14:12 34 154
10 XCSH Jon Hunter 0:22:58 37 Tom Rushford 0:29:11 43 Devan Thielfoldt 0:22:41 27 1:14:50 35 123
11 SS Darwin Gilbert 0:25:46 43 Ellis Boul 0:23:42 24 Roger Darden 0:25:57 40 1:15:25 38 92
12 XCSH Steve Moelter 0:19:38 31 Richard Wells 0:28:39 39 Wolfgang Uhrig 0:30:44 45 1:19:01 40 62
13 NSR Nick Baic 0:19:10 30 Andres Kurkowski 0:38:51 48 Ron Sexton 0:25:37 37 1:23:38 44 31