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Smith and Fjeldheim win chilly Nubs Nob Freestyle

Michigan Cup

Sun, Jan  3, 2010 - By Mike Muha

Brrrr.... at 9:30am, an hour before the Nubs Nob Freestyle was to begin, the local radio station reported a temperature of -5 Fahrenheit. With a very warm fall season, not many skiers have had much time to acclimate to these kind of cold conditions.

The course started at the top of the Nubs Nob ski resort. Racers rode a chairlift part way up the mountain, then figured out how to take the J-bar the rest of the way up. Fortunately, the bright sun was directly in front on the way up and there was no wind, so the ride wasn't too bad.

Officially, the temperature rose to 2F by start time, but standing around waiting for the start made it seem colder. Begin warm to begin with was very important, because the first part of the race featured a chilly 1km descent before the climbs began.

The younger (J2) juniors did one 5km loop; older juniors and all adults completed two loops.The race was also a Junior Olympic Qualifier for junior racers.

Although the Michigan Cup has raced on the Nubs trail system before, the resort modified the trails this year to remove areas were the groomer used to bring up dirt. The upper trails are actually slightly less technical than before, but a corner was created that requires the racers to check their speed first. If you didn't slow down enough, you'd be in the snow bank.

Jessie Smith wins with a broken pole

Several of the top skiers were caught off guard by that corner. Overall 10k winner Jessie Smith crashed and broke his pole there, skiing alone out in front of the pack. He skied the next 2 kilometers with only one pole but still managed to hold off second and third place finishers Tom McFadden and Benjamin Lannin. Smith won in 29:30; McFadden and Lannin finished a second apart in 29:52 and 29:53.

Jessie Smith, with broken ski pole, in 10th position about 4km into the race

Jessie Smith (170), with broken ski pole, in 10th position about 4km into the race
(Photo by Curt Peterson)

Kristin Fjeldheim top female

Kristin Fjeldheim (you might know her father, Sten Fjeldheim, head Nordic ski coach at Northern Michigan University) finished first among women with a time of 40:15, easily beating second place finisher Susan Vigland (42:01). Marie Frick was just 14 seconds behind Vigland to take third in 42:14.

Start of the women's10k cross country ski race

Start of the women's10k cross country ski race
(Photo: Curt Peterson)

Jesse Anderson and Blake Murray win 5 Km Freestyle

In the J2 (age 14-15) 5km race, Jesse Anderson was the top girl with a time of 22:25. Top boy was Blake Murray in 17:28.

Rae Director Nick Baic says he may increase the length of the loop from 5km to 6km next year in order to have racers more spread out before the first the downhill.

See 2010-01-02 Nubs Nob 10km Freestyle for more of Curt Peterson's photos.

 

RESULTS

Age
Place
Gender
Rank

BIB

LAST NAME

FIRST NAME
Time Overall
Rank
J2 Female 14-15 - 5 Km
1 1 152 Anderson Jesse 0:22:25 5
2 2 223 Hawke Clancy 0:30:03 11
J2 Male 14-15 - 5 Km
1 1 105 Murrray Blake 0:17:28 1
2 2 106 Wagner Eric 0:18:19 2
3 3 231 Bruning Andrew 0:19:41 3
4 4 138 Darnton Colin 0:22:10 4
5 5 163 Twohey Andrew 0:23:32 6
6 6 124 Wood Dan 0:23:41 7
7 7 132 Westerman Matthew 0:24:55 8
8 8 228 Ackley Johnny 0:27:49 9
9 9 236 Leahy Frank 0:29:27 10
10 10 136 Ruffner Garrett 0:43:50 12
11 11 139 Roberts Kyle 0:47:12 13
12 12 164 Gray Marty    

J1 Female 16-17 - 10 Km
1 3 144 Frick Maria 0:42:14 53
2 4 222 Gronvold Hilde 0:42:27 54
3 14 224 Perkins Katie 0:52:13 81
4 16 221 Egbert Megan 0:52:57 84
5 17 225 Rickard Hannah 0:52:58 85
6 20 226 VanDomellen Kaylee 1:02:59 97
7   113 McFadden Mike    
8   227 Ward Anna    
OJ Female 18-19 - 10 Km
1 1 169 Fjeldheim Kirsten 0:40:15 43
Female 20-48 - 10 Km
1 2 179 Vigland Susan 0:42:01 51
2 5 137 Darnton Cheryl 0:42:29 55
3 6 115 Gebhart Daneila 0:42:57 56
4 7 149 Anderson Wendy 0:44:30 62
5 10 126 Gulledge Catarina 0:46:46 67
6 11 193 Webb Sarah 0:51:25 76
7 15 242 Witbrodt Hilary 0:52:48 83
8 22 131 Joslin Susan 1:19:10 102
9   160 Vincent Brenda    
Female 49 & Over - 10 Km
1 8 176 Van Dam Jean 0:45:25 64
2 9 156 Carlson Brenda 0:45:56 66
3 12 107 Lund Lorraine 0:51:36 78
4 13 184 Dawson Karen 0:51:59 79
5 18 157 Upton Fran 0:55:51 88
6 19 196 Allen Linda 1:02:35 96
7 21 142 Wilks Amy 1:16:17 101
8 23 167 Caldwell Beth 1:38:49 103
9 24 134 Hewlett Julie 1:41:00 104
10   148 Hardin Tracy    

J1 Male 16-17 - 10 Km
1 13 143 Williams Ross 0:33:51 13
2 20 151 Anderson Lyle 0:35:18 20
3 27 229 Brown Greg 0:36:44 27
4 30 150 Anderson Lloyd 0:37:23 30
5 35 180 Toczydlowski Alan 0:38:35 35
6 42 232 Cover Evan 0:40:12 42
7 50 235 Lance Josh 0:42:07 52
8 61 239 Norris Micah 0:48:17 71
9 75 238 Trippe Kevin 1:00:44 93
10 79 140 Roberts Travis 1:09:01 99
11   233 Hawke Alex    
OJ Male 18-19 - 10 Km
1 9 181 Woodbeck Jay 0:31:33 9
2 10 173 Brennan Mac 0:31:52 10
3 15 114 McFadden John 0:34:22 15
4 19 103 Harris Ryan 0:35:15 19
5 38 234 Jacobson Alan 0:38:42 38
6 39 188 Baic Brendan 0:38:57 39
7 53 237 Padden James 0:43:35 59
8 62 230 Brammer Gunnar 0:48:55 72
Male 20 To 43 - 10 Km
1 1 170 Smith Jesse 0:29:30 1
2 2 171 McFadden Tom 0:29:52 2
3 3 166 Lannin Benjamin 0:29:53 3
4 4 101 Graci Joey 0:30:14 4
5 6 123 Wood Tom 0:30:39 6
6 14 178 Vigland Todd 0:33:52 14
7 17 133 Todd Dell 0:34:47 17
8 18 109 Smigiel Steve Jr 0:35:09 18
9 23 128 Prodan Greg 0:35:45 23
10 26 102 Halsted Ryan 0:36:19 26
11 29 104 Yankus Daniel 0:37:12 29
12 47 154 Baker Josh 0:41:12 48
13 64 219 Gurney Pete 0:50:52 74
14   153 Baker Will    
Male 44 To 48 - 10 Km
1 7 218 Goble John 0:31:01 7
2 12 159 Paull Denny 0:32:49 12
3 16 127 Goodman Glenn 0:34:23 16
4 31 121 Kanaby Larry 0:37:24 31
5 33 241 Seaman Michael 0:38:10 33
6 36 155 Britton John 0:38:36 36
7 44 186 Knight Kip 0:40:40 45
8 60 192 Ashbeck Herb 0:48:12 70
9 67 174 Cook Tim 0:52:00 80
10 68 240 Steffke Steve 0:52:44 82
11 76 120 Ernst Dale 1:00:53 94
Male 49 To 55 - 10 Km
1 5 183 Maclean David 0:30:22 5
2 8 187 Baic Milan 0:31:12 8
3 21 165 Putalik Greg 0:35:20 21
4 25 147 Gravlin John 0:35:55 25
5 32 220 Weingartz Chris 0:37:50 32
6 37 200 Doull James 0:38:41 37
7 43 168 Weiss Jerry 0:40:37 44
8 45 194 Webb John 0:40:58 46
9 46 111 Green Jamie 0:41:01 47
10 48 116 Berndt Detzef 0:41:26 49
11 51 198 Rudolph Steve 0:43:13 57
12 52 177 Bruning Peter 0:43:19 58
13 55 118 Rynalski Frank 0:44:28 61
14 59 191 Moore Jeff 0:48:08 69
15 63 195 Brown Steve 0:48:56 73
16 65 182 Baron Tom 0:51:04 75
17   112 Cornell Doug    
Male 56 To 59 - 10 Km
1 11 158 Onthank Clifford 0:32:41 11
2 22 185 Dawson Ken 0:35:32 22
3 24 122 Camp Don 0:35:54 24
4 28 162 Polzin Denny 0:37:06 28
5 40 175 Van Dam Steve 0:39:10 40
6 41 119 Luce Robin 0:39:42 41
7 49 189 Kostrzewa John 0:41:53 50
8 70 108 Foley Paul 0:54:40 87
9 71 161 Sharp Sam 0:56:38 89
10 72 129 VandeKopple Bob 0:57:18 90
11 73 135 Ruffner Spencer 0:57:59 91
12 74 117 Nolan Dan 0:59:44 92
13 80 130 Gilliespie Sam 1:09:02 100
Male 60 & Over - 10 Km
1 34 110 Kaltz William 0:38:12 34
2 54 145 Payne Mark 0:44:08 60
3 56 146 Jones Cris 0:44:59 63
4 57 125 Smigiel Steve Sr 0:45:49 65
5 58 199 Haefner Bill 0:47:21 68
6 66 172 Brumbaugh Ernie 0:51:35 77
7 69 197 Nizio Frank 0:54:38 86
8 77 190 Irish David 1:00:55 95
9 78 141 Whitlock Dave 1:03:18 98