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Baic & Anderson Win Chestnut Valley Freestyle

Mon, Jan  3, 2005 - By Mike Muha

Traverse City Nordic's Milan Baic held off Hugh Pritchard of Team NordicSkiRacer to win the Chestnut Valley 11 km Freestyle race on the first day of the new year by four seconds, 23:17 to 23:21. Another four seconds later, Kari Tikka finished third. Hugh was racing with a cast over his broken wrist, a reminder of a little rollerski accident he had back in his native England.

The Cross Country Ski Headquarter's Wendy Anderson continued her dominance from last year by finishing first in the women's 11 km in 28:12, beating Team NordicSkiRacer's Julie Houle (31:03) and Tracy Hakoin (31:27).

Morgan Weir won the J1 division in 26:17. Chris Miller finished the 11 km in 23:59 to win the men's OJ division.

In the 7 km race, Michaela Harris convincingly won in 18:58, followed by Catarina Gulledge in J1 division. In J2, Emily Westerman finished first for the women in 23:33. Elliot Putman was the J2 men's champion in 19:27.

The rain on Thursday night and temperatures in the 50's on Friday were not enough to put a damper on the Chestnut Valley race. To ensure a optimal course conditions for the race, Race Director Nick Baic headed out late Friday night to groom just as the temperature turned to freezing. On race morning when Nick returned to complete the grooming and set up flags, temperatures had dropped all the way to19F and a dusting of fresh snow had fallen on the course.

Skiing was excellent, with great snow coverage and very fast conditions. Some melt water had collected and frozen in a few low areas but the ice did not cause a problem. Many skies were surprised at the unexpectedly good racing conditions, not realizing that the Chestnut Valley Golf Course has it's own microclimate that tends to be cooler and get more snow than surrounding areas.

The race was three 3.5 km laps for the men and women, and two laps for the juniors. Because of course design, spectators at the course start/finish area were able to see almost half of the course, making this a very spectator-friendly race.

Many skiers - particular downstaters and Ohioans - took advantage of the conditions and went for long skis after the race on the Chestnut Valley course or the connecting Nubs Nob trail system.

Many pictures of the race can be found Here!

Chestnut Valley 7 / 11 Km Freestyle January 1, 2005
7 Km Race
Place Rank Time BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME CITY Dist

J2 Female 15 & Under - 7 Km

1 8 0:23:33 37 Westerman Emily Traverse City 7
2 12 0:28:40 38 Ciesla Hannah Traverse City 7
3 14 0:30:29 63 Timm Alexandra Bay City 7

J1 Female 16-17 - 7 Km

1 1 0:18:58 42 Harris Michaela Traverse City 7
2 4 0:21:01 212 Gulledge Catarina Roscommon 7
3 9 0:23:46 41 Garrity Sarah Traverse City 7
4 10 0:24:00 39 Hemming Jesse Traverse City 7

J2 Male 15 & Under - 7 Km

1 2 0:19:27 46 Putman Elliot Traverse City 7
2 3 0:20:16 99 Baic Brendan Walloon Lake 7
3 5 0:21:14 45 Jaffe Aaron Traverse City 7
4 6 0:22:29 31 Anderson Lyle Cuyahoga Falls 7
5 7 0:23:06 32 Anderson Lloyd Cuyahoga Falls 7
6 11 0:24:43 48 Harris Kirk Traverse City 7
7 13 0:29:22 43 Alanson Mark Traverse City 7
11 Km Race
Place Rank Time BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME CITY Dist

Female 20 -50 - 11 Km

1 30 0:28:12 30 Anderson Wendy Cuyahoga Falls 11
2 45 0:31:03 26 Houle Julia Brighton 11
3 49 0:31:27 34 Hardin Tracy Cheboygan 11
4 59 0:33:55 96 Baic Carrie Williamsburg 11
5 69 0:38:57 262 Glick Shelley Bremen 11
6 73 0:40:15 246 Mueller-Brumbaugh Carole Rockford 11

Female 51 & Over - 11 Km

1 66 0:36:55 22 Grambeau Sue Harbor Springs 11
2 74 0:41:02 86 Mendyk Connie Harbor Springs 11
3 77 0:47:11 82 Caldwell Beth Ann Arbor 11
4 78 0:53:37 84 Murray Jean Mt. Pleasant 11
5 79 1:03:30 174 Timm Cheryl Bay City 11

 J1 Male 16-17 - 11 Km

1 18 0:26:17 79 Weir Morgan Rapid City 11
2 25 0:27:20 47 Endicott Kyle Traverse City 11
3 50 0:31:34 44 Ward William Traverse City 11

OJ Male 18-19 - 11 Km

1 5 0:23:59 141 Miller Chris Gaylord 11
2 11 0:25:17 50 Hall John Traverse City 11

Male 20 To 39 - 11 Km

1 2 0:23:21 27 Pritchard Hugh West Hill 11
2 7 0:24:52 143 Smith Robert Roscommon 11
3 8 0:24:53 181 Vigland Todd Interlochen 11
4 9 0:24:58 214 Smigiel Stephen Cedar Springs 11
5 10 0:25:13 91 Byar Christian Spring Lake 11
6 13 0:25:51 83 Zehnder Jacob Harbor Springs 11
7 16 0:26:06 177 Todd Dell Grand Rapids 11
8 23 0:26:28 218 Winkler Brad Boyne City 11
9 24 0:26:30 146 Robinson Ryan West Bloomfield 11
10 33 0:28:15 216 Goodman Glenn Bellaire 11
11 34 0:28:16 176 Cook Tom Cleveland 11
12 44 0:30:31 175 Svoren Derek Cleveland Heights 11

Male 40 To 43 - 11 Km

1 3 0:23:25 23 Tikka Kari Chelsea 11
2 6 0:24:45 40 Paul Denny Cheboygan 11
3 14 0:25:52 257 Heidinger Mike Plymouth 11
4 15 0:25:57 28 Harwood Jim Grayling 11
5 20 0:26:19 296 Seaman Michael Mt. Pleasant 11
6 26 0:27:40 149 Kanaby Larry Bad Axe 11
7 27 0:27:42 170 Britton John Zanesfiedl 11
8 29 0:28:06 142 Dufour Yvon Brighton 11
9 70 0:39:21 24 Woelfert Ed Boyne City 11
10 76 0:46:30 145 Ernst Dale Sandusky 11

Male 44 To 47 - 11 Km

1 1 0:23:17 97 Baic Milan Williamsburg 11
2 12 0:25:27 81 Muha Mike Wixom 11
3 22 0:26:21 150 Pryor Jim (junior) Saginaw 11
4 31 0:28:13 90 Green Jamie Gaylord 11
5 39 0:28:48 148 Cornell Doug Corunna 11
6 40 0:28:51 144 Moore Joel Harbor springs 11
7 43 0:30:23 59 Webb Jon Hubbard Lake 11
8 54 0:32:26 217 Love John St. Johns 11
9 56 0:32:44 60 Endicott Doug Traverse City 11
10 57 0:32:49 89 Neier Rick Tawas City 11
11 68 0:38:06 62 Blanchard Paul Petoskey 11

Male 48 To 56 - 11 Km

1 17 0:26:07 248 Putalik Greg Harbor Springs 11
2 19 0:26:18 225 Weingartz Chris Petoskey 11
3 21 0:26:20 128 Ernsberger Ron Williamsburg 11
4 36 0:28:18 33 Kessler Randy Milford 11
5 37 0:28:20 273 Rynalski Frank Bay City 11
6 47 0:31:10 35 Hardin John Cheboygan 11
7 51 0:31:46 94 Bourassa Michael Harbor Springs 11
8 60 0:34:25 88 Moore Jeff Northville 11
9 61 0:34:30 25 Elcoate Mike Petoskey 11
10 63 0:36:24 49 Atkins Dave Charlevoix 11

Male 51 To 56 - 11 Km

1 4 0:23:31 80 Onthank Clifford Traverse City 11
2 28 0:27:56 98 Payne Mark Interlochen 11
3 32 0:28:14 36 Kostrzewa John Traverse City 11
4 35 0:28:17 258 Glick Ken Bremen 11
5 38 0:28:24 179 Luce Robin Central Lake 11
6 53 0:31:51 78 Timm Larry Bay City 11
7 58 0:33:31 92 Vande Kopple Bob Pellston 11
8 62 0:35:28 95 Nizio Frank Grosse Pte. 11
9 71 0:39:30 61 Garriy Joe Traverse City 11

Male 57 & Over - 11 Km

1 41 0:29:23 211 Smigiel Steve Sr Ada 11
2 42 0:29:34 87 Mendyk Marv Harbor Springs 11
3 46 0:31:08 213 Johnson Peter Whitehall 11
4 48 0:31:13 29 Anderson Lloyd Cuyahoga Falls 11
5 52 0:31:50 77 Weir Rick Rapid City 11
6 55 0:32:42 233 Brumbaugh Ernie Rockford 11
7 64 0:36:27 93 Johnson Max Brutus 11
8 65 0:36:35 85 Irish David Harbor Springs 11
9 67 0:37:07 130 Tikka Tenho Sault Ste. Marie 11
10 72 0:40:05 178 Sturtevant John Salida 11
11 75 0:45:18 147 Wells Richard Hamtrakick 11