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Hanson Hills Classic Gets the Snow

Sun, Jan  11, 2004

Snow conditions turned unexpectedly for the better at the season's first classic Michigan Cup cross country ski race at Hanson Hills Recreation Area near Grayling on Sunday, January 10. As of noon the day before, it appeared that, at best, only a shallow track could be set for the race. Several inches of snow over night and expert grooming by Dick Fultz of the Cross Country Ski Shop turned things around and racers were treated to a nice set of tracks over the vast majority of the course. The entire course was double tracked and in wider areas, a packed area to the left of the tracks was set for herringboning. 

The previous day's weather reports had suggested the temperature at the start of the race would be in the low to mid-20s and most racers waxed accordingly. The temperature turned out to be much higher - closer to 30 - and racers spent much of the pre-race warm-up period trying to figure out the right kick wax for the hilly course. Toko Carbon Yellow worked great, as did Swix VR60. It was apparent, however, that many if not most people missed the wax - the uphills were a mass of herringbone marks, nearly wiping out all the tracks. Racers with good technique and the right wax were still able to successfully diagonal stride most hills.

Forty-three men, 9 women, and 6 juniors participated in the race. The juniors raced 6km, and Cassidy Edwards, Glen Arbor, was the overall winner in 21:02. Miles Kaufman, Traverse City, was second overall in 27:07. 

Dennis Paull, Cheboygan, won the adult's 12km race in 38:11, with Andy Triebold, Spring Arbor in second in 39:16.

Rachel Knott narrowly beat Team NordicSkiRacer.com new-comer Julie Houle by only 2 seconds in the women's 12k m race. This was Julie's second-ever cross country ski race, and the first one she did was 10 years ago. Says Julie, "Everybody said that Rachel winning was a foregone conclusion, so I decided to see how long I could hang on. At the end of the first lap, I was right on her tail. Toward the end of the second lap, she started gaining on me on the last five meters of every uphill, and I just couldn't reel her in on the last downhill and flat. I don't think I've ever worked that hard! This was really fun!" 

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Bib # Name Sex Age 
Group
Time Overall 
by sex
Age Group 
Place
Overall

Junior 6 km Classic Race

16 cassidy edwards f 17-19 0:21:02 1 1 1
18 miles caufmann m 14-16 0:27:07 1 1 2
15 catrina gulledge f 14-16 0:30:58 2 1 3
13 rebecca barton f 14-16 0:31:07 3 2 4
17 john pulcipher m 14-16 0:33:17 2 2 5
12 zach laprad m 13 0:45:07 3 1 6

 

Bib # Name Sex Age Group Time Overall 
by sex
Age 
Place
Overall 
(Men & Women)
Women's 12 km Classic Race
147 rachel knott f 18-25 0:51:59 1 1 23
148 julia houle f 31-35 0:52:01 2 1 24
144 roxanne barton f 46-50 0:56:31 3 1 31
152 sarah cockrell f 51-55 0:57:27 4 1 32
146 amy todd f 31-35 1:00:31 5 2 35
145 gussie peterson f 51-55 1:02:06 6 2 39
149 carole mueller-brumbaugh f 46-50 1:02:44 7 2 42
151 gini breidenbach f 31-35 1:09:57 8 3 47
150 beth caldwell f 61-up 1:35:33 9 1 52
Men's 12 km Classic Race
521 dennis paull m 36-40 0:38:11 1 1 1
489 andrew triebold m 26-30 0:39:16 2 1 2
492 greg worsnop m 46-50 0:40:34 3 1 3
501 randall blandel m 46-50 0:41:58 4 2 4
506 bill brunday m 51-55 0:41:59 5 1 5
488 tim triebold m 46-50 0:42:25 6 3 6
498 chris weingartz m 46-50 0:43:02 7 4 7
507 mike muha m 46-50 0:43:28 8 5 8
511 don camp m 51-55 0:43:38 9 2 9
493 curt peterson m 51-55 0:44:07 10 3 10
496 jamie green m 41-45 0:44:57 11 1 11
502 jeff laprad m 41-45 0:46:30 12 2 12
508 william kaltz m 56-60 0:47:29 13 1 13
487 steve smigiel m 56-60 0:47:50 14 2 14
495 dell todd m 36-40 0:48:01 15 2 15
525 bike'n bob smith m 26-30 0:48:22 16 2 16
516 mike seaman m 36-40 0:48:23 17 3 17
528 dick fultz m 51-55 0:48:31 18 4 18
509 ed clary m 61-up 0:50:29 19 1 19
505 lloyd anderson m 56-60 0:50:34 20 3 20
526 robert fairman m 46-50 0:50:37 21 6 21
491 mark madorski m 46-50 0:50:51 22 7 22
529 tom baron m 46-50 0:52:10 23 8 25
497 bob eifler m 41-45 0:52:22 24 3 26
486 bob west m 51-55 0:52:31 25 5 27
503 ernie brumbaugh m 56-60 0:53:20 26 4 28
500 peter johnson m 56-60 0:53:38 27 5 29
517 douglas cale m 56-60 0:53:42 28 6 30
494 anthony kooney m 41-45 0:57:38 29 4 33
504 spencer ruffner m 51-55 0:58:23 30 6 34
510 jeff manss m 26-30 1:00:35 31 3 36
499 george gambert m 51-55 1:00:35 32 7 37
513 rick neier m 46-50 1:01:11 33 10 38
524 greg worrel m 46-50 1:02:16 34 11 40
530 max johnson m 56-60 1:02:32 35 7 41
512 john caldwell m 61-up 1:06:40 36 2 43
514 ray drysdale m 61-up 1:07:23 37 3 44
520 tom kuhn m 41-45 1:08:55 38 5 45
490 john sturtevant m 61-up 1:09:28 39 4 46
522 kurt dingman m 41-45 1:20:23 40 6 48
523 dan sutherland m 46-50 1:22:55 41 12 49
519 marvin stevenson m 61-up 1:25:25 42 5 50
527 ned rambo m 61-up 1:32:07 43 6 51