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Brennan and Wager take Holiday Classic

Michigan Cup

Sun, Dec  26, 2010 - By Mike Muha

Mac Brennan, back home in East Jordan for the holidays from Michigan Tech, narrowly beat Williamsburg's Milan Baic to win the Holiday Cup 9 km Classic at the Boyne Valley Lodge in Walloon Lake. Brennan finished in 24:15, 18 seconds ahead of Baic. Jeff Kock of Elk Rapids skied in third, just 5 seconds behind Baic.

Mac Brennan on his way to victory in the Holiday Classic XC Ski Race

Brendan Baic on his was to 2nd place finsh for the OJ males.
(All photos by Bridget Foltz)

Ann Wager of Gaylord was the fastest women in the 9 km classic, winning in 35:39. Laura Webb of Traverse City and Catarina Gulledge, back home to Roscommon from school at the University of Michigan, were second and third in 38:43 and 38:44.

In the 5km junior classic race, the more experienced junior, OJ Maria Frick of Williamsburg, easily skied away from the competition, winning by over 4 minutes in 16:01. J3 Sarah Goble of Harbor Springs was second in 19:09, with J1 Brady Brennan (Mac's sister) third in 19:54.

For the boys 5k,  J2 Mark Smith was first in 19:36, followed by J3 Reid Goble (19:36) and Traverse City's J2 Sean Brownell (20:13).

Hap Wright leading John Britton down the hill and into the stadium area

Hap Wright leads John Britton down the hill into the stadium.

The race was was groomed best-line single track, with an interval start. Racers took off individually at 15 second intervals. The junior 5km race was allowed to finish before the 9km race started. The race began with a kilometer lap around the stadium area. The lap featured two climbs (one quite steep) a short but very fast downhill, and a longer downhill with a quick left turn. The course then continued onto a 4km loop with lots of long gentle climbs, one screamer downhill, and lots fun and fast turns. The snow was soft so corners were relatively easy to negotiate and speed controllable. The 9km race did and extra lap around the 4km loop.

For those who have never skied at the Boyne Valley Lodge, the stadium area is a great spectator area. Skiers in the 9km race passes through the stadium 7 times. And it's out of the wind!

Jon Foltz says it all at the Holiday Cup!

Jon Foltz says it all on his way to a 9th place finish overall.

Many racers in the longer race expected the tracks to be glazed after the junior 5km race. It was not to be. Instead, the tracks softened with a layer of powder. Skiers who waxed too short experienced snow-shear, where the ski grabs the top layer of snow, but that layer slips over lower layers. Racers who waxed long had better kick. Although the temperature was in the low 20's, most skiers glide waxed colder and kick waxed warmer than the temperature called for. For example, Toko Red kick wax with a range from 25-30F worked very well in the older snow because of the flakes were not sharp and humidity was high.

A chili lunch afterwards during the awards ceremony left everyone warm and cozy after the race.

 

AGE PLACE OVERALL BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME CITY TIME
5KM CLASSIC
J3 Female 13 & Under - 5 Km
1 2 2 Goble Sarah Harbor Springs 0:19:09
J1 Female 16-17 - 5 Km
1 5 3 Brennan Brady East Jordan 0:19:54
2 7 8 Cullen Kennedy Traverse City 0:21:30
OJ Female 18-19 - 5 Km
1 1 7 Frick Maria Williamsburg 0:16:01
J3 Male 13 & Under - 5 Km
1 4 1 Goble Reid Harbor Springs 0:19:36
2 9 9 Rudolph Bow Harbor Springs 0:23:00
3 10 11 Daniel Doug Petoskey 0:23:20
4 11 4 Ottimmer Alex Harbor Springs 0:24:27
J2 Male 14-15 - 5 Km
1 3 10 Smith Mark   0:19:28
2 6 5 Brownell Sean Traverse City 0:20:13
3 8 6 Brownell Tim Traverse City 0:22:54
9 KM CLASSIC
Female 20 To 44 - 9 Km
1 47 134 Gulledge Catarina Roscommon 0:38:44
2 56 150 Stevenson Gwenn Oxford 0:57:17
Female 45 & Over - 9 Km
1 38 137 Wager Ann Gaylord 0:35:39
2 46 154 Webb Laura Traverse City 0:38:43
3 52 153 Upton Fran Roscommon 0:44:15
4 53 156 Sharp Susan Petoskey 0:47:22
5 54 106 Mueller-Brumbaugh Carole Rockford 0:49:17
6 57 128 Murray Jean Mt. Pleasant 0:59:03
OJ Male 18-19 - 9 Km
1 7 125 Williams Ross Williamsburg 0:26:52
2 16 124 Baic Brendan Walloon Lake 0:28:43
3 20 112 Harris Ryan Grayling 0:30:17
Male 20 To 44 - 9 Km
1 1 119 Brennan Mac East Jordan 0:24:15
2 3 133 Koch Jeff Elk Rapids 0:24:38
3 5 113 Yankus Daniel Walled Lake 0:26:24
4 8 109 Goodman Glenn Bellaire 0:26:57
5 9 143 Foltz Jon Boyne City 0:27:11
6 13 104 Todd Dell Grand Rapids 0:28:18
7 29 111 Smith Robert Roscommon 0:33:20
8 31 118 Brownell Larry Traverse City 0:33:44
9 33 151 Doornbos Ben Petoskey 0:34:36
10 36 114 Motowski Dan Hartland Township 0:35:33
11 41 158 Paul John Traverse City 0:36:54
Male 45 To 49 - 9 Km
1 4 123 Paull Denny Cheboygan 0:24:41
2 14 115 Dufour Yvon Brighton 0:28:33
3 17 149 Smith Randy Williamsburg 0:28:51
4 22 144 Seaman Michael Mt. Pleasant 0:30:58
5 25 146 Britton John Zanesfield 0:31:34
6 35 105 Kuz Julian Ada 0:35:28
7 37 140 Temkin Mike Troy 0:35:36
8 39 148 Karlsen Steven Breckenridge 0:36:28
9 40 152 Cook Tim Freeland 0:36:48
Male 50 To 54 - 9 Km
1 2 127 Baic Milan Williamsburg 0:24:33
2 10 121 Muha Mike Wixom 0:27:50
3 18 126 Heady Doug Ann Arbor 0:29:27
4 21 116 Fairman Robert Ann Arbor 0:30:50
5 27 122 Cornell Douglas Corunna 0:31:43
6 28 131 Seager Steve Grayling 0:32:55
7 32 138 Rudolph Steve Harbor Springs 0:33:53
8 48 155 Webb Craig Traverse City 0:40:20
Male 55 To 59 - 9 Km
1 6 103 Gravlin John Linwood 0:26:34
2 12 120 Worsnop Gregory Paw Paw 0:28:12
3 19 108 Weingartz Chris Petoskey 0:30:02
4 24 117 Anderson Jim Fort Wayne 0:31:25
5 26 110 Luce Robin Central Lake 0:31:40
6 34 130 Nolan Daniel holland 0:35:24
7 43 141 Vande Kopple Bob Pellston 0:37:08
8 49 142 Ahrenberg Bill Cheboygan 0:42:28
9 55 147 Abbe Mark Saginaw 0:49:46
Male 60 To 69 - 9 Km
1 11 135 Dawson Ken Farmington HIlls 0:28:06
2 15 129 Brundage Bill Traverse City 0:28:36
3 23 101 Kaltz William Pinckney 0:31:11
4 30 102 Smigiel Steve Sr Ada 0:33:35
5 42 107 Brumbaugh Ernie Rockford 0:36:57
6 44 145 Wright Hap Boyne City 0:38:21
7 45 136 Schmekel Ray Traverse City 0:38:22
8 50 157 Sharp Sam Petoskey 0:42:35
9 51 132 Gambert George Bellaire 0:43:31
10   139 Johnson Max Brutus