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Straits Striders sweep top spots at Hanson Hills Classic

Mon, Feb  22, 2010 - By Mike Muha

Many racers arrived early at the Hanson Hills 12K Classic on Sunday, February 21, 2010 with one question on their mind: Will it be a klister or a hard wax day? The previous day's warm afternoon - into the 40's - suggested the snow would have transformed - melted then refrozen overnight. To everyone's relief, the cold ground kept the trail from melting, and freshly groomed tracks simply pulled up cold snow from underneath. This is not to say that klister wouldn't have worked: One of the top skiers DID race with klister and did not ice.

The next question was: How fast will it warm up? Just like the previous day's Cote Dame Marie, the temperature was supposed to soar into the 40's. If it rose too fast, the wax that worked at the start would be too slippery by the time racers got to the M-93 hills. If a warmer wax was used at the start in anticipation of warming temperatures, the wax might drag for the first half of the race.

Team NordicSkiRacer Linda Allen tucks the last downhill at the Hanson Hills Classic xc ski race.

Team NordicSkiRacer Linda Allen tucks the last downhill at the Hanson Hills Classic xc ski race.

It turned out the clouds rolled over the bright sunny skies that greeted skiers as they arrived at the race, keeping the temperature relatively steady for the race.

Most of the course was set with double tracks. Where there was room, a third set of tracks were set. And up to 6 sets of tracks were available for the first and last half-kilometer. Watchful skiers noticed that where there were three or more tracks, typically one of the tracks was faster than the others because it had been set on Friday and had setup solid over the two nights.

 

Hap Wright heads for the finish at the Hanson Hills Classic xc ski race.

Hap Wright heads for the finish at the Hanson Hills Classic. Kellie Kirk is just behind him.

An interval start race, skiers started one at a time every 15 seconds, Women starting first, then men.

Two Straits Striders topped the standings. Tracy Hardin finished over 2 minutes head of Ann Wagar, 40:09 to 42:38. Catarina Gulledge was third in 44:54.

In the men's race, Denny Paull's powerful doublepole propelled him to the top spot. Paull finished in 33:02, 2 minutes ahead of Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop skier John Gravlin (35:04). Third was John Goble in 35:23. 

WOMEN                  
First Name Last Name Age
Group
Nordic Team Bib # Start Time Race Time Overall
by Sex
Overall
by Sex and
Age Class
Overall
Catarina Gulledge 20-29 XC/HQ 51 0:00:00 0:44:54 3 1 38
Hilary Witbrodt 20-29 HH/CCSS 52 0:00:15 0:45:43 4 2 40
Renee Bancroft 20-29   54 0:00:45 1:15:02 17 3 84

Kellie Kirk 30-39 HH/CCSS 160 0:17:00 0:51:18 9 1 60

Ann Wagar 40-49 HH/CCSS 128 0:08:45 0:42:38 2 1 27
Brenda Carlson 40-49 HH/CCSS 103 0:02:30 0:46:53 5 2 44
Bonnie Karas 40-49 HH/CCSS 102 0:02:15 0:48:19 6 3 53
Susan Joslin 40-49 XC/HQ 157 0:16:15 1:11:52 15 4 82
Gwenn Stevenson 40-49 XC/HQ 133 0:10:00 1:12:28 16 5 83

Tracy Hardin 50-59 Straits Striders 127 0:08:30 0:40:09 1 1 22
Linda Weeks 50-59 XC/HQ 101 0:02:00 0:49:56 8 2 59
Karen Dawson 50-59 NSR 148 0:14:00 0:51:46 10 3 63
Carol Brumbaugh 50-59 GRNST 162 0:17:30 0:53:07 11 4 67
Linda Allen 50-59 NSR 146 0:13:30 1:01:38 12 5 76
Paula Dreeszen 50-59 VASA 153 0:15:15 1:05:28 13 6 78

Gussie Peterson 60-69 HH/CCSS 201 0:17:45 0:48:22 7 1 55
Amelia Wilks 60-69 Straits Striders 207 0:19:15 1:10:30 14 2 81
Cheryl Timm 60-69 XC/HQ 203 0:18:15 1:17:39 18 3 86
Mary Wieter-Hord 60-69   215 0:21:15 1:25:27 19 4 88
Donna Sagadt 60-69   218 0:22:00 1:31:04 20 5 89


MEN
                 
First Name Last Name Age
Group
Nordic Team Bib # Start Time Race Time Overall
by Sex
Overall
by Sex and
Age Class
Overall
Ryan Harris 19-u XC/HQ 56 0:01:15 0:38:04 13 1 13
Sean Brownell 19-u VASA 55 0:01:00 0:59:00 60 2 71
Reid Goble 19-u   53 0:00:30 1:17:41 69 3 87

Ben Doornbos 20-29   58 0:01:45 0:42:24 25 1 26
John Paul 20-29 VASA 57 0:01:30 0:44:53 35 2 37

Theo VonWallmenich 30-39 XC/HQ 129 0:09:00 0:41:42 24 1 25
Chris Maltby 30-39 HH/CCSS 114 0:05:15 0:46:59 40 2 45

Denny Paull 40-49 Straits Striders 138 0:11:30 0:33:02 1 1 1
John Goble 40-49   118 0:06:15 0:35:23 3 2 3
Glen Goodman 40-49 HH/CCSS 113 0:05:00 0:35:56 5 3 5
Jon Fultz 40-49 Straits Striders 126 0:08:15 0:36:24 6 4 6
Yvon Dufour 40-49 NSR 152 0:15:00 0:37:03 9 5 9
Gunnar Lovhoiden 40-49   151 0:14:45 0:37:35 10 6 10
Dell Todd 40-49 GRNST 134 0:10:30 0:37:44 11 7 11
Mike Seamon 40-49 GRNST 121 0:07:00 0:38:17 14 8 14
Jamie Green 40-49 HH/CCSS 125 0:08:00 0:38:21 15 9 15
Larry Brownell 40-49 VASA 131 0:09:30 0:38:48 16 10 16
Jukka Pietila 40-49 GRNST 137 0:11:15 0:40:03 21 11 21
Bob Triebold 40-49 GRNST 149 0:14:15 0:42:49 26 12 28
Steve Steffke 40-49 HH/CCSS 142 0:12:30 0:43:03 27 13 29
Mike Temkin 40-49 XC/HQ 106 0:03:15 0:43:38 30 14 32
Herb Ashbeck 40-49 White Line 117 0:06:00 0:44:39 34 15 36
Dale Ernst 40-49 XC/HQ 105 0:03:00 0:47:12 42 16 47
Tom Gardiner 40-49 HH/CCSS 144 0:13:00 0:52:39 56 17 66
Mike Steffke 40-49   140 0:12:00 0:56:37 59 18 70
Kurt Haveri 40-49   123 0:07:30 0:59:11 62 19 73

John Gravlin 50-59 HH/CCSS 124 0:07:45 0:35:04 2 1 2
Chris Weingartz 50-59 Straits Striders 132 0:09:45 0:35:47 4 2 4
Ken Dawson 50-59 NSR 147 0:13:45 0:36:27 7 3 7
Doug Heady 50-59 NSR 116 0:05:45 0:36:40 8 4 8
Mike Muha 50-59 NSR 111 0:04:30 0:38:51 17 5 17
Jim Pryer 50-59 HH/CCSS 119 0:06:30 0:39:24 18 6 18
Robin Luce 50-59 HH/CCSS 112 0:04:45 0:39:30 19 7 19
Steve Seager 50-59 HH/CCSS 145 0:13:15 0:39:59 20 8 20
Doug Cornell 50-59 NSR 110 0:04:15 0:40:47 23 9 24
Bryce Dreeszen 50-59 VASA 154 0:15:30 0:43:27 28 10 30
Dan Nolan 50-59 GRNST 104 0:02:45 0:43:35 29 11 31
Frank Rynalski 50-59 XC/HQ 108 0:03:45 0:44:26 32 12 34
Jeffrey Moore 50-59 Straits Striders 139 0:11:45 0:45:19 36 13 39
Tom Baron 50-59 XC/HQ 159 0:16:45 0:45:59 37 14 41
Rick Neier 50-59 XC/HQ 115 0:05:30 0:46:21 38 15 42
Stuart Picard 50-59 GRNST 143 0:12:45 0:46:59 41 16 46
Bob Vande Kopple 50-59 Straits Striders 161 0:17:15 0:47:13 43 17 48
Mark Madorski 50-59 NSR 136 0:11:00 0:47:47 45 18 50
Peter Danly 50-59 VASA 150 0:14:30 0:48:13 46 19 51
Devan Thielfoldt 50-59 XC/HQ 107 0:03:30 0:48:14 47 20 52
Bill Ahrenberg 50-59 Straits Striders 156 0:16:00 0:48:21 48 21 54
Dennis Miller 50-59   205 0:18:45 0:48:47 49 22 56
Rick Kraai 50-59 GRNST 135 0:10:45 0:49:12 50 23 57
Doug Ball 50-59 XC/HQ 109 0:04:00 0:49:21 51 24 58
John Love 50-59 GRNST 122 0:07:15 0:51:40 52 25 61
Tim Mulhall 50-59 NSR 141 0:12:15 0:51:40 53 26 62
Dale Arbour 50-59 XC/HQ 158 0:16:30 0:56:27 58 27 69
Karl Trost 50-59 Straits Striders 155 0:15:45 0:59:01 61 28 72
Mark Abbe 50-59 XC/HQ 130 0:09:15 1:05:48 66 29 79

Curt Peterson 60-69 HH/CCSS 202 0:18:00 0:37:49 12 1 12
Cris Jones 60-69 HH/CCSS 120 0:06:45 0:40:12 22 2 23
Larry Timm 60-69 XC/HQ 204 0:18:30 0:44:09 31 3 33
Ernie Brumbaugh 60-69 GRNST 208 0:19:30 0:46:26 39 4 43
Hap Wright 60-69 Straits Striders 214 0:21:00 0:47:20 44 5 49
Ellis Boal 60-69 Straits Striders 213 0:20:45 0:51:58 54 6 64
Dave Whitlock 60-69 Straits Striders 206 0:19:00 0:52:32 55 7 65
George Gambert 60-69 VASA 211 0:20:15 0:54:44 57 8 68
Max Johnson 60-69 Straits Striders 219 0:22:15 1:00:03 63 9 74
Jon Hunter 60-69 XC/HQ 212 0:20:30 1:00:10 64 10 75
Daniel Sagady 60-69   217 0:21:45 1:02:29 65 11 77
Richard Wells 60-69 HH/CCSS 216 0:21:30 1:05:59 67 12 80

Bill Haefner 70-79   210 0:20:00 0:44:30 33 1 35
Marvin Stevenson 70-79 XC/HQ 209 0:19:45 1:15:45 68 2 85