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Baic and Vigland tame Champion Hilll

Results

Tue, Jan  13, 2009 - By Mike Muha

The 2009 Grand Rapids Langlauf was the first chance many skiers had to ski the trails of the Champion Hill Nordic Center. Sure Champion Hill was also a golf course, but it was unlike any golf course skiing we've seen before.

The race dived and twisted through deeply wooded trails, climbed to open vistas, then headed down, up and around and down, again and again and again. The finish was a terrific straight shot down a long, moderately steep hill to a small uphill left and the finish line. Before it was done, racers had climbed - and descended - around 1,000 ft of vertical over 15 kilometers.

(Flats? Let's see..it was pretty flat for the first 250 meters. And I think I remember at least another couple of 100 meter sections somewhere around the course.)

Candace Angell powers in to the finish

Candace Angell powers in to the finish

The entire course was exceptionally well marked and staffed. There were people stationed at the top of each tricky downhill providing warnings to newcomers unfamiliar with the course. Grooming provided a solid base with a little fresh snow on top. Faster downhill corners quickly built up a berm that helped guide skiers around the turns.

(The race course used all the expert trails at Champion Hills. There are a large number of easier and intermediate trails as well for those looking for a little less adventure if they visit Champion Hill for a ski!)

Temperatures held steady around 15F. The race used intervals starts - two skiers starting every 30 seconds. Juniors went first, then women, then men. There was a gap between each group.

Senior 15 Km results

Perennial favorite Milan Baic finished the race first in 44:45. Last year's Michigan Cup overall champion came in second in 46:34. Cliff Onthank took third in 48:40.

Susan Vigland was the top women in 1:00:25, followed by Amy Wichern 1:01:44. Tracy Hardin skied in third in 1:02:05.

Greg Worsnop is all intensity as he crosses the finish line

Greg Worsnop is all intensity as he crosses the finish line

Junior 6 Km results

The Juniors raced a 6 km course - and there were many juniors at this race.

Raymond Innis was the fastest boy overall and winner of the 16-19 age group with a time of 21:02. Evan Cover won the 15 and under boys division in 23:35.

Kaitlyn Patterson's time of 23:34 made here the fastest girl and winner of the 16-19 age class. In the 15 and under age class, Clancy Hawke was first in 30:27.

Spectators could watch the big downhill to the finish from the deck

Spectators could watch the big downhill to the finish from the deck

Let's eat

Lunch was vegie and meet chili, corn muffins and cold cuts. Each skier also received a bag with an apple, cookie and dried cherries. Medal were custom designed by Grand Rapid's Paul Johnson.

RESULTS

PLACE BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME CITY TIME RANK
6 KM Race
Female 1 To 15 - 6 Km
1 3 Hawke Clancy Bloomingdale 0:30:27 35
2 1 Cullen Kennedy Northport 0:31:47 38
3 4 Padden Alyssa Traverse City 0:32:50 40
4 5 Schilkey Emma Traverse City 0:34:39 41
5 2 Ehle DNS Traverse City  
Female 16 To 19 - 6 Km
1 43 Patterson Kaitlyn Cadillac 0:23:34 9
2 14 Otwell Julia Traverse City 0:24:05 12
3 10 Frick Maria Traverse City 0:24:25 14
4 16 Thompson Megan Traverse City 0:25:55 21
5 15 Perkins Katie Traverse City 0:26:27 23
6 8 Egbert Megan Traverse City 0:26:31 24
7 6 Meachum Hannah Traverse City 0:27:16 28
8 12 Keenan Kayla Traverse City 0:27:17 29
9 7 Andriese Amy Traverse City 0:29:45 33
10 13 Ostema Alison Traverse City 0:30:27 36
11 11 Hertler Katie Traverse City 0:30:48 37
12 9 Ehle Megan Traverse City  
13 17 Ward Anna Traverse City  
Male 1 To 15 - 6 Km
1 22 Cover Evan Traverse City 0:23:35 10
2 28 Westerman Matthew Traverse City 0:25:00 15
3 27 Lance Josh Traverse City 0:25:03 16
4 19 Edwards Keefer Glen Arbor 0:25:10 17
5 21 Buttrick Bobby Traverse City 0:25:16 18
6 24 Hawke Alex Traverse City 0:25:54 20
7 26 Jacobson Karl Traverse City 0:26:40 25
8 46 Roberts Travis Lake City 0:27:11 27
9 20 Warga Kane Darwin Kalamazoo 0:29:18 31
10 18 Bruning Andrew Traverse City 0:29:31 32
11 25 Icard Joel Traverse City 0:30:17 34
12 45 Roberts Kyle Lake City 0:43:51 42
13 23 Gourdie Levi Traverse City 0:50:24 43
Male 16 To 19 - 6 Km
1 34 Innis Raymond Traverse City 0:21:02 1
2 37 Lance Alex Traverse City 0:21:31 2
3 31 Kane Kevin Traverse City 0:22:41 3
4 41 Schilkey Garrett Traverse City 0:22:41 4
5 30 Warga Kane Adrian Kalamazoo 0:23:02 5
6 29 Anderson John Traverse City 0:23:06 6
7 35 Jacobson Alan Traverse City 0:23:10 7
8 38 Norris Micah Traverse City 0:23:21 8
9 40 Roach Shawn Traverse City 0:23:58 11
10 39 Padden James Traverse City 0:24:10 13
11 42 Trubac Spencer Traverse City 0:25:41 19
12 33 Heimberger Matt Traverse City 0:26:15 22
13 32 LaBonte Scott Traverse City 0:27:00 26
14 44 Keenan Ryan Traverse City 0:27:18 30
15 36 Karbowski Reece Traverse City 0:32:28 39
15KM Race
Female 20 To 29 - 15 Km
1 71 Gulledge Catarina Roscommon 1:08:09 63
2 76 Wilbrodt Hillary Auburn 1:19:04 81
3 78 Roll Rachel Rapids River 1:55:26 93
Female 30 To 39 - 15 Km
1 72 Mikoajczyk Kelly Willoughby 1:05:31 56
2 62 Todd Amy Grand Rapids 1:07:10 59
Female 40 To 49 - 15 Km
1 64 Vigland Susan Traverse City 1:00:25 40
2 66 Wichern Amy Traverse City 1:01:44 43
3 79 Kirt Karen Lake Leelanau 1:10:10 68
4 67 Spence Fern Traverse City 1:10:55 70
5 77 Angell Candace Grand Rapids 1:15:08 78
6 65 Warga Rachel Kalamazoo 1:20:28 83
7 63 Hofstra Jody Traverse City 1:25:31 85
8 75 Finch Shirlee Alma 1:30:57 87
9 80 Joslin Susan Troy 1:50:28 91
Female 50 To 59 - 15 Km
1 73 Hardin Tracy Cheboygan 1:02:05 46
2 74 Peterson Gussie Midland 1:03:26 51
3 70 Berkshire Ivanka Traverse City 1:05:03 55
4 69 Dawson Karen Farmington Hills 1:09:29 67
5 68 Weeks Linda Lansing 1:12:21 73
6 164 Mueller-Brumbaugh Carole Rockford 1:35:47 88
Male 20 To 29 - 15 Km
1 157 Baic Brendan Walloon Lake 0:49:22 4
2 152 Coulter Melzar Grand Rapids 0:49:33 5
3 101 Brown Greg Traverse City 0:54:11 20
4 94 Ward William Traverse City 0:57:26 30
Male 30 To 39 - 15 Km
1 104 Vigland Todd Traverse City 0:50:34 6
2 134 Smith Robert Roscommon 0:53:04 15
3 102 Howard Scott Traverse City 0:54:13 21
4 103 Jenema Tim Williamsburg 0:54:30 22
5 155 Maltby Chris Mt Pleasant 1:02:54 49
Male 40 To 49 - 15 Km
1 105 Baic Milan Williamsburg 0:44:45 1
2 146 Maclean David Ludington 0:46:34 2
3 113 Todd Dell Grand Rapids 0:51:21 8
4 91 Kanaby Larry Bad Axe 0:52:12 12
5 159 Roll Greg Rapids River 0:52:38 13
6 92 Goodman Glenn Bellaire 0:54:06 19
7 137 Cornell Doug Corunna 0:54:54 23
8 106 Brownell Larry Traverse City 0:55:43 26
9 108 Durbin Dave Traverse City 0:56:09 27
10 114 Seaman Michael Mt. Pleasant 0:57:29 31
11 96 Andriese Steve Traverse City 0:58:01 34
12 97 Pietila Jukka Rockford 0:58:06 35
13 109 Hietikko Dave Ada 0:58:31 36
14 110 Hofstra Dan Traverse City 0:58:32 37
15 112 Swanson Clette Arcadian 1:00:54 41
16 139 ReeHorst Tom Traverse City 1:01:23 42
17 133 McElwarin Randy Lake Orion 1:01:50 44
18 93 Knight Kip Elk Rapids 1:02:52 48
19 99 Endicott Doug Traverse City 1:03:15 50
20 115 Wisneski Dan Walker 1:06:16 57
21 111 Kuz Julian Ada 1:08:45 64
22 147 Triebold Bob South Bend 1:18:29 80
23 107 Byczek Chris Garden City 1:24:31 84
Male 50 To 59 - 15 Km
1 122 Onthank Clifford Traverse City 0:48:40 3
2 128 Dawson Ken Farmington Hills 0:51:16 7
3 148 Gravlin John Linwood 0:51:42 9
4 150 Bladel Randal Granger 0:51:49 10
5 163 Anderson Ed Farmington 0:52:09 11
6 125 Pryor Jim Jr Saginaw 0:53:03 14
7 140 Muha Mike Wixom 0:53:06 16
8 124 Polzin Denny Williamsburg 0:53:31 17
9 98 Camp Don Grand Haven 0:53:51 18
10 151 Peterson Curt Midland 0:55:19 24
11 127 Fairman Robert Ann Arbor 0:56:28 28
12 135 Brundage Bill Traverse City 0:57:03 29
13 119 Finstad Mark Empire 0:57:49 33
14 129 Kostrzewa John Traverse City 0:58:45 38
15 141 Worsnop Gregory Paw Paw 0:59:33 39
16 90 Rynalski Frank Bay City 1:02:31 47
17 123 Payne Mark Interlochen 1:04:04 53
18 144 Madorski Mark Leonard 1:04:48 54
19 116 Atkins Dave Ellsworth 1:06:58 58
20 120 Kane Don Kalamazoo 1:07:54 61
21 100 Ganser William South Bend 1:07:57 62
22 118 Bruning Peter Traverse City 1:08:57 65
23 121 Kelly Kevin Empire 1:09:20 66
24 95 Love John St. Johns 1:11:05 71
25 153 Nolan Dan Holland 1:12:41 74
26 117 Brown Steve Traverse City 1:12:58 75
27 154 Foley Paul Midland 1:14:06 76
28 143 Ruffner Spencer Tecumsah 1:14:28 77
29 156 Gillespie Sam Shelby Twp 1:16:43 79
30 142 Worrel Greg Detroit 1:19:49 82
31 145 Abbe Mark Saginaw 1:52:11 92
32 126 Randall John Honor 2:07:45 94
Male 60 To 69 - 15 Km
1 136 Kaltz William Pinckney 0:55:32 25
2 160 Jones Cris Roscommon 0:57:40 32
3 161 Anderson Tom Big Rapids 1:01:54 45
4 132 Smigiel Steve Sr Ada 1:03:50 52
5 130 Brumbaugh Ernie Rockford 1:07:37 60
6 138 Merwin Greg Lake Isabella 1:10:11 69
7 149 Yeager Dan Traverse City 1:12:18 72
8 158 Johnson John Midland 1:25:32 86
9 131 Munt Dick Beulah 1:41:42 89
10 162 Wells Richard Hamtrakick 1:46:32 90