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GRNST fastest team at the Michigan Cup Team Time Trial

Sun, Jan  13, 2008 - By Mike Muha

Wow! Who would have expected that Hanson Hills would have quality skiing conditions after all the rain earlier in the week? But the trails were well covered and everyone had their good skis out for the first Michigan Cup team Time Trial.

This event was specifically designed to be a low-key, fun day with a short race and plenty of time to go back out a ski. Thirty-four 3-person teams showed up the race the 5km freestyle course. A great track was set for the skiers who wanted to classic ski rather than skate. (And at least one skier did choose to stride).

Only team points were awarded by the Michigan Cup committee - there were no individual points. The top team in each division received 200 points. The other teams receive points based on how many teams were in the category. for example, if there were 10 teams, the second place finishers would receive 200-(200/number of teams) or 180 points. Third would get 160 points, etc.

The first skiers went off at 10:00am. Skiers could start anytime they wanted between 10:00 and noon: They would pull up to the starting line and say "I'm ready!" The timer would take the bib number and start time, and give a 5-second countdown to "Go!"

Eric sholz at the michigan cup team time trial cross country ski race

Eric Scholz tearing around the 5km course

 

Team strategies were many. Some skiers went off individually, others left as a group. Cross Country Ski Headquarters Teams "Snow Blasters" and "No Excuses" left simultaneously in what we must believe an exercise in group motivation (and maybe a little drafting???). The strategy must have worked - the teams took first and second in their categories!

The course was firmly packed, the snow damp but not wet. The conditions got slightly faster during the time trial as skiers packed the snow even more. Toward the end, the humidity and temperature increased started slowing things down a bit.

Results

In the Co-Ed division, two Hanson Hills - Cross Country Ski Shop (HHCCSS) teams came in first (45:13) and third (46:30), sandwiching a team from Grand Rapids Nordic (45:23). "Snow Blasters" Bob Smith and husband/wife duo Curt and Gussie Peterson took the gold. GRNST's "Stinkers" Melzar Coulter and another husband/wife duo Dell and Amy Todd took second. Jim Pryor, Brenda Carlson, and Chris Jones ("Wrong Wax") was about a minute back in third.

Only three all-women teams competed. HHCCSS came in on top again. "Did you need one" (Chris Seager, Ellen Thompson, and Kelly Kirk) finished in 56:08. The Headquarters' "2 Chickens and a Hen" (Catarina Gulledge, Toria Kanaby, and Fran Upton) pulled in second in 1:02:03. NordicSkiRacer's Karen Dawson, last year's Michigan Cup overall winner Emily Flynn and Julie Hewlett took third about 16 minutes back.

Joe webb at the michigan cup team time trial cross country ski race

Joe Webb of Team Webb (Jon, Sarah, and Joe Web)

 

Grand Rapids Nordic narrowly took the men's division over HHCCSS. Steve Smigiel Jr., Randy Bladel, and Dave Maclean ("GRNST Hope to be Fast") had the fastest time of the day, 41:36. "No excuses" (John Gravlin, Glenn Goodman, and Robin Luce) were just 8 seconds behind. NordicSkiRacer's Dave Fanslow, Ken Dawson and Mike Muha took third with the third fastest time of the day, 42:14.

Hanson Hills provide ribbons to the top three teams in each division and lunch to everyone.

And tons of skiers stayed after to get in a few more hours of skiing before next weekend's Garland Grip and Glide....

 

Name Team Bib # Individual
Time
Combined
Team Time

CO-ED
Bob Smith SNOW BLASTERS 135 0:14:14 0:45:13
Curt Peterson SNOW BLASTERS 136 0:14:16  
Gussie Peterson SNOW BLASTERS 137 0:16:43  

Dell Todd STINKERS 293 0:13:53 0:45:23
Melzar Coulter STINKERS 294 0:14:09  
Amy Todd STINKERS 295 0:17:21  

Jim Pryor Jr. WRONG WAX 272 0:14:15 0:46:30
Brenda Carlson WRONG WAX 273 0:16:55  
Cris Jones WRONG WAX 274 0:15:20  

Andrew Weddle ME AND THE WEDDLES 275 0:13:21 0:49:26
Jessica Weddle ME AND THE WEDDLES 276 0:20:57  
Justin Andre ME AND THE WEDDLES 0 0:15:08  

Mac Brennan RAMBLING DEVILS 287 0:14:28 0:50:25
Brendan Baic RAMBLING DEVILS 288 0:15:08  
Brady Brennan RAMBLING DEVILS 289 0:20:49  

Ellis Boal SUICIDE BOMBERS 260 0:19:39 0:51:04
Chris Weingurtz SUICIDE BOMBERS 286 0:15:06  
Tracy Handin? SUICIDE BOMBERS 280 0:16:19  

Jon Webb TEAM WEBB 299 0:16:18 0:53:51
Sarah Webb TEAM WEBB 300 0:20:01
Joe Webb TEAM WEBB 150 0:17:32

Cheryl Darnton SPEED DMANS 277 0:16:48 0:55:08
David Darnton SPEED DMANS 278 0:17:32  
Colin Darnton SPEED DMANS 279 0:20:48  

Terence Cuneo KILLJOY 296 0:17:22 0:58:00
Carole M Brumbaugh KILLJOY 297 0:25:18  
Michael Seaman KILLJOY 298 0:15:20  

Frank Nizio GO FASTzzzz GO HARD 304 0:20:44 1:03:10
Linda Allen GO FASTzzzz GO HARD 305 0:23:19  
Harris Ryan GO FASTzzzz GO HARD 306 0:19:07  

Chris Maltby SLOWPOKES 301 0:16:20 1:07:16
Chris Scholz SLOWPOKES 302 0:31:49  
Eric Scholz SLOWPOKES 303 0:19:07  

Amelia Wilks THE STANDBYS 120 0:25:35 1:09:02
Dave Whitlock THE STANDBYS 121 0:20:37
Daryl Allison- Busch THE STANDBYS 122 0:22:50

Brian Reicks OLD FARTS 94 0:26:02 1:15:42
Dale Arbour OLD FARTS 95 0:23:20  
Chris Fowler OLD FARTS 96 0:26:20  

Mary Dunn NSR 2 71 0:30:40 1:16:21
Spencer Ruffner NSR 2 72 0:18:14  
Garrett Ruffner NSR 2 73 0:27:27  

Kelly Kanaby 2 LADIES & A GUY 283 0:30:38 1:24:09
Carole Merwin 2 LADIES & A GUY 284 0:36:01  
Joseph Shifart 2 LADIES & A GUY 285 0:17:30  


FEMALE
Chris Seager DID YOU NEED ONE 85 0:19:09 0:56:08
Ellen Thompson DID YOU NEED ONE 86 0:18:55  
Kelly Kirk DID YOU NEED ONE 87 0:18:04  

Catarina Gulledge 2 CHICKS AND A HEN 117 0:20:43 1:02:03
Toria Kanaby 2 CHICKS AND A HEN 118 0:23:00  
Fran Upton 2 CHICKS AND A HEN 119 0:18:20  

Karen Dawson NSR 1 68 0:19:37 1:18:12
Emily Flynn NSR 1 69 0:19:53  
Julie Hewlett NSR 1 70 0:38:42  


MALE
Stephen Smigiel GRNST HOPE TO BE FAST 126 0:13:49 0:41:36
Randal Bladel GRNST HOPE TO BE FAST 127 0:14:28  
David Maclean GRNST HOPE TO BE FAST 128 0:13:19  

John Gravlin NO EXCUSES 138 0:13:33 0:41:44
Glenn Goodman NO EXCUSES 139 0:13:53  
Robin Luce NO EXCUSES 140 0:14:18  

Dave Fanslow NSR 4 77 0:13:49 0:42:14
Ken Dawson NSR 4 78 0:13:47  
Mike Muha NSR 4 79 0:14:38  

Brad Wagner ALL Y'ALLS A BUNCH OF SUCK 93 0:15:10 0:44:44
Steve Seager ALL Y'ALLS A BUNCH OF SUCK 92 0:14:22  
Jamie Green ALL Y'ALLS A BUNCH OF SUCK 91 0:15:12  

Larry Kanaby FRANK'S FREELOADER'S 99 0:14:29 0:46:21
Frank Ryanalski FRANK'S FREELOADER'S 98 0:16:33  
Kip Knight FRANK'S FREELOADER'S 97 0:15:19  

Bill Kaltz NSR 3 74 0:15:18 0:49:51
Doug Cornell NSR 3 75 0:15:01  
Greg Worrel NSR 3 76 0:19:32  

Jon Upton WTF 254 0:16:34 0:50:02
Stew Upton WTF 255 0:15:32  
Tom McCardle WTF 256 0:17:56  

Steve Smigiel GRNST OLD 123 0:16:36 0:50:53
Tom Anderson GRNST OLD 124 0:15:25  
Tim Greening GRNST OLD 125 0:18:52  

Stephen Karlsen SMM 257 0:16:25 0:52:22
Mike Temkin SMM 258 0:16:59  
Matt Levasseur SMM 259 0:18:58  

Devan Thielfoldt FASTER THAN SNOW 134 0:18:04 0:54:12
Ryan Harris FASTER THAN SNOW 133 0:18:04  
Rick Neier FASTER THAN SNOW 132 0:18:04  

Larry Timm LaJoGr 144 0:16:39 0:55:29
John Geiger LaJoGr 145 0:20:58  
Greg Merwin LaJoGr 146 0:17:52  

Jeff Pike CROW'S NEST 147 0:19:24 1:00:36
Sam Gillepsie CROW'S NEST 148 0:19:25  
Bill Matson CROW'S NEST 149 0:21:47  

John Love GRNST ANCHOR 141 0:16:42 1:10:04
Ernie Brumbaugh GRNST ANCHOR 142 0:26:41  
Nick Baic GRNST ANCHOR 143 0:26:41  

Leonard J. Block BEA 88 0:30:08 1:13:09
Dale Ernst BEA 89 0:19:22  
Mark Abbe BEA 90 0:23:39  

Wolfgang Uhrig 3 AMIGOS 129 0:23:54 1:15:59
Larry Mergentime 3 AMIGOS 130 0:22:46  
Mark Pobucik 3 AMIGOS 131 0:29:19  

Kenneth Roberts VUNNY SWAMP RACERS 290 0:34:24 1:42:41
Kyle Roberts VUNNY SWAMP RACERS 291 0:46:10  
Travis Roberts VUNNY SWAMP RACERS 292 0:22:07