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Team NordicSkiRacer top team at Relays

Sun, Mar  20, 2005 - By Mike Muha

It was the race of the year - the race that would decide the Team Trophy for the Michigan Cup. With four teams still in contention, it came down to the last race, held on the last day of winter...

But that's a different story...

The relays were held on great snow in cloudy conditions, with temperatures in the upper 20's. Strait Striders brought out 15 teams in their bid to win the Michigan Cup. The Cross Country Ski Headquarters and Team NordicSkiRacer.com  were close behind in number of teams, with 12 and 11 teams each. Other teams pulled togther as many relays teams as they could.

Competition was fierce. No one wanted to let their team down. Many racers said their leg was a 'real lung burner.'

The relay race started near the road crossing, went backwards around Rolling Hills, then continued around the flat Partridge Alley trail before finishing near the road for the tag zone and finish line. The first leg of the race was classic; the second and third leg were freestyle. Conditions were quite fast on the approximately 4 Km course.

Forty-seven teams started the relay - the biggest turnout in Michigan Cup history. There were nine relay cateories:

  • Females with combined ages of 0-59
  • Females with combined ages of 60-149
  • Females with combined ages of 150+
  • Males with combined ages of 0-59
  • Males with combined ages of 60-149
  • Males with combined ages of 150+
  • Coed, with combined ages of 0-59
  • Coed, with combined ages of 60-149
  • Coed, with combined ages of 150+

The winning team in each category received 600 points; the second place recieved 540, third place received 480 points and so on, down to tenth place (60 points).

Team NordicSkiRacer.com took away the most points (3,780), winning four out of the nine categories and having several other high-placed finished. XCHQ was not far behind, with 3,480 points, followed by the Strait Striders with 3,240 points.

After the race, it was chicken and hot dogs, baked beans, and lots of beer for everyone!

Unofficially, Team NordicSkiRacer.com took enough points from the relay to win the Michigan Cup Team Trophy.

Photos from the race:

Bib Team Name Points MI Cup Team Skier 1 Skier 2 Skier 3 Category Race Time
Unknkown MI Cup Team
143 Mo-Jo-Jr - ? Shifert, Joseph
Frye, Jimmy
Harwood, Mo
M 60-149 0:47:56
Cross Country Ski Shop
142 Mud-Stuffins 420 CCSS Green, Jamie
Fultz, Dick
Mills, Fred
M 150+ 0:44:10
147 A Team 300 CCSS Smith, Robert
Harwood, Jim
Fairman, Robert
M 60-149 0:40:17
Total Points: 720
Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team
137 Slippery Dogs 360 GRNST Blodel, Randel
Camp, Don
Seaman, Mike
M 60-149 0:39:50
140 2 Guys & a Gal 360 GRNST Nolan, Dan
Herrick, Louise
Picard, Steve
C 60-149 0:48:18
141 Turbo-Dogs 300 GRNST Mueller-Brumbaugh, Carole
Love, John
Byak, Christopher?
C 60-149 0:50:23
102 GRNST PBS 540 GRNST Johnson, Peter
West, Bob
Smigiel, Steve
M 150+ 0:44:08
Total Points: 1,560
NordicSkiRacer.com
135 Joann's Team 600 NSR Nizio Frank
Ruffner, Spencer
Cavaletto, Joann
C 150+ 0:51:33
131 JM squared 600 NSR Houle, Julia
Muha, Mike
Heidinger, Mike
C 60-149 0:42:02
136 Whopthupin 320* NSR Sorgenfrei, Allen Kuhl, MacKenzie
Robinson, Ryan
C 60-149 0:45:55
129 Classy Ladies 600 NSR Creitz, Lexanne
Allen, Linda
Dawson, Karen
F 150+ 0:54:17
127 Bad Company 480 NSR Tikh, Leo
Dawson, Ken
Kaltz, Bill
M 150+ 0:44:09
126 Rocket Dogs 360 NSR Heady, Doug
Kessler, Randy
Sexton, Ron
M 150+ 0:44:56
134 NSR #10 300 NSR Feldkamp, Tim
Haefner, Bill
Cornell, Doug
M 150+ 0:46:50
128 Kuhl & the Gang 600 NSR Fanslw, Dave
Stevens, Andy
Kuhl, Steve
M 60-149 0:36:37
133 Canamer 240 NSR Dufour, Yvon
Madorski, Mark
Tarnow, Aaron
M 60-149 0:41:38
123 Out Your Backdoor - NSR Potter, Jeff
Worrel, Greg
Motowski, Dan
M 60-149 0:48:49
138 NSR-Jukka - NSR Schmude, Mark
Ljubic, Bobby
Pietila, Jukka
M 60-149 0:50:01
Total Points: 3,780
Ohio Nordic
101 LIAP-Ohio 420 Rachitskiy, Anton Rachitskiy, Val Rachitskiy, Olga C 60-149 0:47:06
Total Points: 420
Straits Striders
118 No Whining 480 Straits Striders Bogart, Beth
McGraw, Harriet
Van Dam
F 150+ 1:00:45
116 D-T squared 600 Straits Striders Gephart, Daniella
Goble, Tracy
Hardin, Tracy
F 60-149 0:44:21
113 Thundering Herd 600 Straits Striders Berndt, Detlef
Hardin, John
Mendyk, Marv
M 150+ 0:43:46
108 Burt Lake Brusiers 240 Straits Striders Kurz, Mark VandeKopple, Bob Johnson, Max M 150+ 0:48:26
103 Flying Oosiks 120 Straits Striders Meyer, Jim
Moore, Jeff
Moore, Joel
M 150+ 0:49:30
132 Stormy - Straits Striders Hayes, Bill
Baker, Steve Stormzand, Mark
M 150+ 0:53:15
110 Top Striders - Straits Striders Matthews, Paul
Byer, Rick
Wright, Hap
M 150+ 0:53:27
105 Old Crows - Straits Striders Aspenleiter, Barry
Irish, David
Boal, Ellis
M 150+ 0:54:08
119 Mum's the Word 540 Straits Striders Mendyk, Connie
Beatty, Barb
Lund, Lorraine
F 150+ 0:54:18
115 Old Farts - Straits Striders Ahrenberg, Bill
Sharp, Sam
Gilbert, Darwin
M 150+ 1:04:05
106 Nordic Snow Monsters 480 Straits Striders Paull, Denny
Goble, John
Weingartz, Chris
M 60-149 0:37:20
109 Next Year 120 Straits Striders Buday, Mark
VanDam, Stephen
Putalik, Greg
M 60-149 0:45:38
121 Doull Demons 60 Straits Striders Kelly, Kevin
Atkins, Dave
Doull, James
M 60-149 0:45:47
114 Team Taint - Straits Striders Ellonte, Mike
Farley, David
Deegan, Jack
M 60-149 0:48:11
145 Black Bears - Straits Striders Austin, David
McGraw, Vaughn
Beatty, Spencer
M 60-149 0:49:06
Total Points: 3,240
Traverse Nordic Ski Club
122 TNSC 540 TNSC Brundage, Bill
Baic, Milan
Onthank, Cliff
M 60-149 0:37:01
Total Points: 540
XC Ski Headquarters
125 Wolf - XC Ski Hdqtrs Stevenson, Marvin
Wells, Richard
Caldwell, Jack
M 150+ 1:03:20
124 2 G's & a G 600 XC Ski Hdqtrs Gulledge, Catarina
Timm, Alexandra
Weir, Morgan
C 0-59 0:49:48
111 Dude & 2 Chicks 540 XC Ski Hdqtrs Patterson, Britta Patterson, Kaitlyn Temkin, Daniel C 0-59 1:02:27
139 Due Less See More 540 XC Ski Hdqtrs Weir, Debi
Rushford, Tom Patterson, Diane
C 150+ 1:08:00
144 Desparte Skiers 540 XC Ski Hdqtrs Caldwell, Ben
Peterson, Gussie
Laprad, Jeff
C 60-149 0:45:00
117 Golden Girls 420 XC Ski Hdqtrs Merwyn, Carol
Calwell, Beth
Kerekes, Anna
F 150+ 1:04:56
120 Lajog 180 XC Ski Hdqtrs Timm, Larry
Geigue, John
Merwin, Greg
M 150+ 0:49:27
112 Tom Jones+ 60 XC Ski Hdqtrs Neier, Rick
Matson, Bill
Jones, Tom
M 150+ 0:51:15
130 Vote for Pedro 420 XC Ski Hdqtrs Peterson, Curt
Brady, Kip
Mitchell, Rob
M 60-149 0:38:40
107 Franks Folly 180 XC Ski Hdqtrs Kanaby, Larry
Rynalski, Frank
Johnson, Nick
M 60-149 0:42:37
146 Moonstone - XC Ski Hdqtrs Weir, Rick von Wallmenich, Theo Cook, Tim M 60-149 0:46:52
104 3 Omegas - XC Ski Hdqtrs Temkin, Mike
Ernst, Dale
Theofoldt
M 60-149 0:48:37
Total Points: 3,480

*Team NordicSkiRacer.com did not receive the full 480 Michigan Cup points for the Whopthupin team because one of the legs was not a member of the team.