Milan Baic (33:35) beat out Andrew Triebold (34:02) and David Maclean (34:26) to win the 11 km Men's race. In the 7 km women's race, Megan Madion (30:11) finished first, followed by Jesi Schwab (31:25) and Amy Todd (37:10).
This was a USSA Great Lakes District Olympic Qualifier race, so lots of juniors attended. Jared Cregg came all the way down from Marquette to beat fellow Marquette resident Thomas McFadden 25:22 to 30:34. Kyle Endicott was third in 31:54.
Among Junior Women, sisters Julia and Anna Coulter of Traverse City finished one-two in 30:11 and 31:25 respectively, followed by Ingrid Fjeldheim of Marquette.
Some skiers thought the race should have included the very hilly Nubs Knob trail system. A group of us skied that section of trail after the race. Although parts of the trail had great snow, the downhills were fast and only had a thin layer of snow. Snowplowing skiers would have quickly scraped up rocks and sticks. The tops of some of the uphills were also showing dirt. I think the race director made a wise decision in the interests of most racers by having the race remain on the golf course.
Full results of this race will be published as soon as I receive an electronic copy from the race director. If any of you took digital photos of the race, please send me copies and I'll post them on the site!