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Biac & Houle Win Boyne Highlands Classic

Mon, Jan  9, 2006 - By Mike Muha

Milan Baic makes it three in a row by winning the Boyne Highlands 10K classic. Milan's time of 35:07 bested second place finisher Christian Byar by 24 seconds. Third place finisher David Mclean's time of 35:54 was good enough to edge out up and coming junior racer Jesse Smith by 5 seconds. (Jesse had the 4th fastest time in Saturday's Chestnut Valley 12km Freestyle as well).

A wide start area minimized tangled skis and poles

Julie Houle had a great race with a time of 44:30. Wendy Anderson - coming off a serious rollerski injury - and Daniella Gebhart finished second and third overall with times of 45:59 and 46:21.

Katherine Mallinger, Catarina Gulledge, and Kara Dornbusch won the 13 & under, J1, and J2 junior women's divisions. Andrew Barbeau, William Ward, Brendan Baic, and Jessie Smith were the13 & under, J1, J2, and OJ junior men's division champions.

Milan Baic kicks it up a notch

The race started under bright sunny skies. Many of the 121 racers were surprised by how cold it was. Dawn in most northern Michigan communities brought temperatures in the mid to upper 20's and skiers waxed appropriately. But Boyne Highlands and the surrounding area was substantially colder, with temperatures 16F or colder. Temperatures did warm a bit, but many racer worried that they waxed too warm for both kick and glide.

Eventual winner Julie Houle (235) paces Daniella Gebhart (265) up the first difficult climb

Once out on the course, many racers wished they'd waxed even warmer for kick! The sun-drenched start area was a little slick, but skiers were fresh and could deal with it. After a few rolling hills, the course did a short loop on a golf course before the seniors darted right and up the first real climb in the woods (Juniors continued straight top complete the shorter 5km course) . Many racer had to herringbone in the skate lane up steeper hills because they couldn't get purchase in the hard, glazed tracks. Even the leaders struggled. As altitude increased, the snow got colder and a little softer, and more people could climb without resorting to a herringbone.

Skiers used a wide variety of kick wax with varying results: Swx V45, Toko Red, Blue Extra, various shades of Violet, Start Grip Tape - what worked for one didn't work for another. Technique - particularly weight transfer - was often the deciding factor whether a wax worked or not.

Downhills were thrilling - a couple with S-turns or a sharp turn at the bottom kept racer heart rates elevated!

RESULTS

Classes

Men M 20-29 M 30-39 M 40-49 M 50-59 M 60+
Women W 20-29 W 30-39 W 40-49 W 50-59 W 60+
Juniors J1 (14-15) J2 (16-17) JO (18-19)    

Place
Overall
Bib Number Name Team Age Class Time Class
Place
WOMEN - 10K
29 235 Houle, Julia NSR 37 W 30-39 0:44:30 1
70 206 Todd, Amy GRNST 36 W 30-39 0:56:41 2
71 255 Finlayson, Kerri SS 32 W 30-39 0:57:44 3
72 224 Stevenson, Gwen CCSHQ 39 W 30-39 1:26:41 4
37 257 Anderson, Wendy XCSHQ 44 W 40-49 0:45:59 1
40 265 Gebhart, Daniella SS 44 W 40-49 0:46:21 2
49 183 Baic-Berkshire, Ivanka 48 W 40-49 0:48:57 3
50 258 Martin, Susan SS 49 W 40-49 0:59:27 4
51 252 Cavaletto, Joann NSR 45 W 40-49 0:59:37 5
61 192 Peterson, Gussie XCSHQ 56 W 50-59 0:53:00 1
62 271 Dawson, Karen NSR 52 W 50-59 0:58:55 2
63 261 Wilks, Ameilia SS 58 W 50-59 1:19:39 3
64 266 Murray, Gene XCSHQ 67 W 60+ 1:23:28 1
65 254 Caldwell, Beth XCSHQ 67 W 60+ 1:38:00 2
MEN - 10K
12 195 Stevens, Andrew NSR 29 M 20-29 0:39:35 1
15 196 Coulter, Melzar GRNST 26 M 20-29 0:40:21 2
21 199 Weir, Max XCSHQ 25 M 20-29 0:41:49 3
30 194 Mitchell, Robert XCSHQ 26 M 20-29 0:44:30 4
2 237 Byar, Christian GRNST 35 M 30-39 0:35:31 1
5 202 Samuels, Jim ON 39 M 30-39 0:37:03 2
7 226 Smigiel, Steve GRNST 39 M 30-39 0:38:33 3
9 245 Vigland, Todd TCN 36 M 30-39 0:38:56 4
10 251 Fanslow, Dave NSR 38 M 30-39 0:39:24 5
13 205 Todd, Dell GRNST 38 M 30-39 0:40:19 6
24 203 Stern, Brian ON 39 M 30-39 0:42:37 7
31 211 Goodman, Glenn CCSS 39 M 30-39 0:44:58 8
33 201 Rudi, Greg ON 39 M 30-39 0:45:06 9
34 274 Smith, Robert CCSS 32 M 30-39 0:45:17 10
47 184 VonWallmenich, Theo XCSHQ 35 M 30-39 0:48:00 11
58 207 Svoren, Derek ON 34 M 30-39 0:51:42 12
1 269 Baic, Milan TCN 46 M 40-49 0:35:07 1
3 185 Mclean, David GRNST 46 M 40-49 0:35:54 2
4 260 Paull, Denny SS 41 M 40-49 0:36:28 3
8 219 Bladel, Randall GRNST 49 M 40-49 0:38:50 4
19 256 Putalik, Greg SS 49 M 40-49 0:41:33 5
20 242 Dufour, Yvon NSR 42 M 40-49 0:41:45 6
22 263 Berndt, Detlef SS 48 M 40-49 0:42:10 7
23 276 Doull, James SS 46 M 40-49 0:42:17 8
25 231 Green, Jamie 45 M 40-49 0:43:01 9
27 209 Seaman, Michael ON 41 M 40-49 0:44:18 10
32 181 Barton, Bruce CCSS 48 M 40-49 0:45:05 11
35 189 Kanaby, Larry XCSHQ 44 M 40-49 0:45:35 12
36 233 Feldkamp, Tim NSR 40 M 40-49 0:45:45 13
39 234 Rockwood, Andy 46 M 40-49 0:46:18 14
41 213 Moore, Joel SS 47 M 40-49 0:46:23 15
43 204 Griffith, Conrad ON 44 M 40-49 0:46:32 16
45 243 Heady, Doug NSR 48 M 40-49 0:46:56 17
46 249 Rudolph, Steve SS 45 M 40-49 0:47:13 18
53 241 Temkin, Mike ? 41 M 40-49 0:49:42 19
54 215 Maunders, Ross 45 M 40-49 0:49:56 20
56 216 Madorski, Mark NSR 48 M 40-49 0:50:36 21
59 186 Eifler, Bob TCN 46 M 40-49 0:51:47 22
62 264 Neier, Rick XCSHQ 48 M 40-49 0:53:51 23
64 210 Freed, Mark 43 M 40-49 0:54:17 24
68 230 Moore, Jeff SS 49 M 40-49 0:55:23 25
69 229 Thielfoldt, Devan CCSHQ 49 M 40-49 0:56:36 26
70 240 Burgess, Steve NSR 46 M 40-49 0:57:01 27
71 227 Love, John GRNST 47 M 40-49 0:58:30 28
72 188 Ernst, Dale XCSHQ 42 M 40-49 0:59:58 29
73 250 Kuhn, Thomas 45 M 40-49 1:09:02 30
6 236 Brundage, Bill TCN 55 M 50-59 0:38:01 1
11 182 Weingartz, Chris SS 50 M 50-59 0:39:32 2
14 191 Peterson, Curt XCSHQ 56 M 50-59 0:40:20 3
16 180 Triebold, Tim CCSS 52 M 50-59 0:41:02 4
17 270 Dawson, Ken NSR 55 M 50-59 0:41:08 5
18 220 Camp, Don GRNST 53 M 50-59 0:41:09 6
26 275 Fultz, Dick CCSS 56 M 50-59 0:44:04 7
28 239 Kaltz, William NSR 58 M 50-59 0:44:23 8
38 217 Kessler, Randy NSR 51 M 50-59 0:46:00 9
42 223 Kostrzewa, John TCN 52 M 50-59 0:46:24 10
50 244 Wright, Hap SS 59 M 50-59 0:49:17 11
51 200 Weir, Richard XCSHQ 59 M 50-59 0:49:30 12
52 187 Rynalski, Frank XCSHQ 51 M 50-59 0:49:36 13
57 248 Schmekel, Ray TCN 57 M 50-59 0:50:48 14
60 267 Nolan, Dan GRNST 54 M 50-59 0:51:54 15
63 190 West, Bob GRNST 53 M 50-59 0:54:02 16
65 218 Ruffner, Spencer NSR 54 M 50-59 0:54:22 17
66 228 Brumbaugh, Ernie GRNST 59 M 50-59 0:54:38 18
67 225 Gambeert, George TCN 57 M 50-59 0:55:12 19
68 262 Whitlock, Doug SS 59 M 50-59 0:57:26 20
69 247 Sharp, Sam SS 55 M 50-59 0:58:10 21
70 272 Johnson, Max SS 59 M 50-59 0:58:14 22
71 212 Kraai, Rick GRNST 53 M 50-59 1:00:09 23
72 232 Sexton, Ron NSR 58 M 50-59 1:00:57 24
73 268 Worrel, Greg NSR 51 M 50-59 1:03:11 25
74 238 Hice, Don SS 50 M 50-59 1:05:37 26
75 278 Ahrenberg, Bill SS 53 M 50-59 1:08:34 27
76 208 Goldenberg, Fred 54 M 50-59 1:45:20 28
44 193 Medyk, Marv SS 62 M 60+ 0:46:37 1
48 214 Johnson, Peter GRNST 60 M 60+ 0:48:30 2
55 197 Smigiel, Steve GRNST 60 M 60+ 0:50:27 3
56 273 Irish, Dave SS 68 M 60+ 1:00:26 4
57 246 Meyer, Jim SS 65 M 60+ 1:03:33 5
58 253 Caldwell, John XCSHQ 70 M 60+ 1:03:34 6
59 221 Sturtevant, John CCSHQ 72 M 60+ 1:04:15 7
60 198 Greening, Tim GRNST 64 M 60+ 1:14:46 8
61 259 Wells, Richard XCSHQ 60 M 60+ 1:17:15 9
62 222 Stevenson, Marvin CCSHQ 71 M 60+ 1:27:42 10

JUNIORS:
J1 & J2 - 5K
OJ - 10K
  Bib Number Name Team Age Class Time Class
Place
GIRLS
5K 159 Mallinger, Katherine SFNSC 12 13&Under 0:23:23 1
 5K 160 Mallinger, Francis SFNSC 11 13&Under 0:25:44 2
 5K 163 Mihell, Wendy SFNSC 11 13&Under 0:25:46 3
5K 164 Steele, Evelyn SFNSC 11 13&Under 0:28:21 4
 5K 168 Anderson, Jesse XCSHQ 9 13&Under 0:29:28 5
 5K 158 Gulledge, Catarina XCSHQ 17 J1 0:22:33 1
5K 148 Hannah Ciesla TCHS 16 J1 0:24:54 2
 5K 146 Sarah Bradley TCHS 17 J1 0:26:22 3
 5K 165 Bridget Tiffany TCHS 16 J1 0:27:36 4
 5K 156 Kara Dornbusch TCHS 15 J2 0:28:42 1
5K 157 Adele Wunsch TCHS 15 J2 0:33:38 2
BOYS
 5K 162 Barbeau, Andrew SFNSC 13 13&Under 0:19:15 1
 5K 166 Anderson, Lloyd TCHS 12 13&Under 0:22:08 2
 5K 167 Anderson, Lyle XCSHQ 12 13&Under 0:22:39 3
 5K 151 Ruffner, Garrett NSR 7 13&Under 1:19:39 4
 5K 153 William Ward TCHS 17 J1 0:17:52 1
 5K 155 Kyle Endicott TCHS 17 J1 0:17:55 2
 5K 154 Baic, Brendan Boyne City 14 J2 0:19:17 1
 5K 152 Brennan, Mac Boyne City 15 J2 0:21:16 2
 5K 150 Kirk Harris TCHS 15 J2 0:23:53 3
 10K 277 Smith, Jessie TCHS 18 OJ 0:35:59 1
 10K 147 Weir, Morgan XCSHQ 18 OJ 0:41:32 2
 10K 149 Brian Carps TCHS 18 OJ 0:56:24 3