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Jessie Smith and Ivanka Bershire win Holiday Classic

Mon, Dec  29, 2008 - By Mike Muha

Michigan Tech freshman Jessie Smith won the 9.6 Km Holiday Classic in 33:03 on Saturday at the Boyne Valley Lodge in Walloon Lake. Close behind were members of the Baic family: Milan Baic came in second in 33:19, followed by nephew Brendan Baic in 34:30. (Full results at end of article)

Another (maiden name) Baic, Ivanka Berkshire, won the women's 9.6 Km in 46:09 while father Vojin Baic cheered her on. Amy Todd and Susan Joslin were second and third in 47:40 and 1:12:59.

Ivanka Berkshire wins the Holiday Classic cross country ski race

Ivanka Berkshire heading for a win at the Holiday Classic

Kaitlyn Patterson and Alex Hawke were the fastest juniors in the 5.3km event at the Holiday Classic, a warm up for upcoming Junior Olympic Qualifiers.

The forecast for the weather was atrocious and most likely responsible for the small turnout: rain and highs in the mid to upper 40's. The temperature came in as predicted, but the rain was a no-show. There was little to no wind, but many skiers remarked on the huge air temperature differences on the course: racers would pass through zones of cold air followed by zones of balmy warm air. Fog would periodically roll in then roll out. Sometimes the fog was quite heavy.

Top junior men and women at the Holiday classic cross country ski race

The lead group of juniors at the top of the first little climb at the Holiday Classic at the Boyne Valley Lodge. Kaitlyn Patterson (299) went on to a convincing overall win. Alex Hawke (293) was first in the J2 men"s division, Maria Frick (272), Hannah Meachum (282), and Rachel Swaffer (273) finished 1-2-3 for the J1 women.

The tracks were soft before the race, the snow very soft for pole plants. As the tracks were skied in , first by the juniors, then the 1st of two laps by the seniors, the track become harder, faster, and finally glazed. Kick became more of an issue on the glazed track by the final senior lap.

The top three men all used hairies (the kick zone roughened with sandpaper then covered with a liquid lubricant like silicon or Toko HelX). The majority of skiers used klister for kick or skied on no-wax skis.

 

Bill Kaltz lost a basket at the beginning of the Holiday classic cross country ski race

Team NordicSkiRacer Bill Kaltz lost a basket in the first 50 yards of the race. After getting a pole from a junior racer at the 1km point, Bill went on to win his age class.

PLACE BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME CITY Dist TIME RANK

5.3 Km Event
J2 Female 14-15 - 5.3 Km
1 292 Hawke Clancey Traverse City 5 0:27:06 9
2 279 Bosma Shaina Lake City 5 0:41:13 14
J3 Female 13 & Under - 5.3 Km
1 287 Todd Katie Grand Rapids 5 0:29:10 10
J1 Female 16-17 - 5.3 Km
1 272 Frick Maria Williamsburg 5 0:20:21 2
2 282 Meachum Hannah Traverse City 5 0:21:26 4
3 273 Swaffer Rachel Traverse City 5 0:21:44 5
4 294 Brennan Brady East Jordan 5 0:22:59 7
5 290 Perkins Katie Traverse City 5 0:24:05 8
OJ Female 18-19 - 5.3 Km
1 299 Patterson Kaitlyn Cadillac 5 0:18:58 1
J2 Male 14-15 - 5.3 Km
1 293 Hawke Alex Traverse City 5 0:21:16 3
2 291 Buttrick Bobby Traverse City 5 0:22:44 6
3 280 Roberts Travis Lake City 5 0:31:12 11
4 271 Cullen Kennedy Traverse City 5  
J3 Male 13 & Under - 5.3 Km
1 278 Bosma Daniel Lake City 5 0:33:24 12
2 288 Todd Spencer Grand Rapids 5 0:34:26 13
3 277 Roberts Kyle Lake City 5 0:46:49 15

9.6 Km Race
 Female 20-45 - 9.6 Km
1 274 Berkshire Ivanka Traverse City 10 0:46:09 19
2 285 Todd Amy Grand Rapids 10 0:47:40 21
3 256 Joslin Susan Troy 10 1:12:59 29
Female 46 & Over - 9.6 Km
1 260 Murray Jean Mt. Pleasant 10 1:11:23 28
J1 Male 16-17 - 9.6 Km
1 297 Baic Brendan Walloon Lake 10 0:34:30 3
2 270 Innis Raymond Traverse City 10 0:37:14 6
3 261 Williams Ross Williamsburg 10 0:37:44 8
4 289 Brown Greg Traverse City 10 0:51:44 24
5 281 Anderson Johnathan Traverse City 10 0:52:45 25
OJ Male 18-19 - 9.6 Km
1 300 Smith Jesse Traverse City 10 0:33:03 1
2 298 Brennan Mac East Jordan 10 0:36:20 5
Male 20 To 44 - 9.6 Km
1 266 Paull Denny Cheboygan 10 0:35:58 4
2 284 Todd Dell Grand Rapids 10 0:38:08 10
3 104 Goodman Glenn Bellaire 10 0:38:25 11
4 269 Seaman Michael Mt. Pleasant 10 0:40:26 15
5 258 Smith Robert Roscommon 10 0:41:07 16
6 262 Temkin Mike Troy 10 0:44:29 18
Male 45 To 55 - 9.6 Km
1 275 Baic Milan Williamsburg 10 0:33:19 2
2 265 Onthank Clifford Traverse City 10 0:37:42 7
3 295 Weingartz Chris Petoskey 10 0:38:48 12
4 286 Muha Mike Wixom 10 0:39:08 13
5 264 MacLean Robert Brutus 10 1:06:47 27
Male 56 To 60 - 9.6 Km
1 263 Camp Don Grand Haven 10 0:38:07 9
2 105 Luce Robin Central Lake 10 0:39:24 14
3 283 Gambert George Bellaire 10 0:50:08 22
4 257 Ahrenberg Bill Cheboygan 10 0:51:24 23
Male 61 & Over - 9.6 Km
1 296 Kaltz William Pinckney 10 0:42:31 17
2 259 Haefner Bill Clarkston 10 0:47:05 20
3 276 Wells Richard Hamtrakick 10 1:04:15 26