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Pritchard & Houle Win Crystal Highlander 18K Classic

Michigan Cup

Sun, Feb  19, 2006 - By Mike Muha

Hugh Pritchard
(Photo by Aaron Tarnow)

 

It was a small field, but the Crystal Highlander was held on some of the nicest snow of the year! The 18K course was divided into three main sections: a flat 5K or so, some serious ups and downs as skiers climbed to the top of Crystal Mountain, then another 5K or so of flat back to the finish. Many skiers were feeling their arms by the end from all the doublepoling.

Although it was also one of the colder races this year, the lower than normal humidity made it feel warmer. The race was held under mainly cloudy skis. The sun peaked out once then was gone. (Of course, once the race was over, the sun came out in full force).

The Team NordicSkiRacer.com dynamic duo of Hugh Pritchard and Julie Houle won the men's and women's 18K classic race. After skiing with Christian Byar (Grand Rapids Nordic) through the first part of the race, Hugh took the lead and steadily added to his advantage. His winning time was 1:01:05, 2:27 ahead of second place Byar's time of 1:03:31. Bill Brundage (Cross Country Ski Shop)was only a little behind Christian, with a time of 1:03:53.

Julie Houle won with a time of  1:12:16, besting Daniela Gebhart (Straits Striders) by 30 seconds. Daniela's teammate Tracy Hardin followed in 1:13:53.

The tracks were firm but the snow outside the track was soft. The softness made downhills much easier to negotiate for many people.

In a change from previous years, the awards ceremony was held at the Laughing Horse Saloon in Thompsonville rather than at Crystal Mountain. Every race participant won a door prize - some more than one!

Thanks to Roger Putman and team from Crystal Mountain for putting on an excellent race.

 

Men's 18 Km

BIB #

LAST NAME FIRST NAME CATEGORY

TIME

OVERALL PLACE AGE CLASS PLACE
181 Pritchard Hugh 30-39 1:01.04.6 1 1
197 Byar Christian 30-39 1:03.31.1 2 2
237 Brundage Bill 50-59 1:03.52.8 3 1
192 Weingartz Chris 50-59 1:04.22.2 4 2
178 Grabowski Gerard 40-49 1:06.06.3 5 1
193 Worsnop Gregory 50-59 1:07.18.0 6 3
236 Todd Dell 30-39 1:07.52.1 7 3
189 Muha Mike 40-49 1:08.01.3 8 2
233 Berndt Detlef 40-49 1:09.07.6 9 3
241 Coulter Melzar 20-29 1:09.14.5 10 1
239 Dufour Yvon 40-49 1:09.33.3 11 4
179 Dawson Ken 50-59 1:11.32.0 12 4
234 Seaman Michael 40-49 1:12.23.9 13 5
191 Heady Doug 40-49 1:12.44.7 14 6
244 Kurz Mark 40-49 1:13.31.8 15 7
175 Goodman Glen 30-39 1:14.32.8 16 4
131 Luce Robin 50-59 1:15.40.6 17 5
245 Mowry Jim 50-59 1:16.20.1 18 6
195 Haefner Bill 60 plus 1:19.31.3 19 1
177 Vonwallmenich Theo 30-39 1:21.28.8 20 5
185 Payne Mark 50-59 1:23.09.2 21 7
119 Dreezen Bryce 30-39 1:23.11.8 22 6
300 Feldkamp Tim 40-49 1:23.56.3 23 8
184 Hardin John 50-59 1:24.02.7 24 8
194 O'Bryan Tom 40-49 1:25.38.4 25 9
240 Brumbaugh Ernie 50-59 1:26.14.4 26 9
238 Wright Hap 50-59 1:26.53.0 27 10
242 Nieier Rich 40-49 1:27.31.5 28 10
266 Nolan Daniel 50-59 1:27.53.8 29 11
198 Eifler Bob 40-49 1:28.15.8 30 11
188 Gambert George 50-59 1:32.26.6 31 12
246 Knight Kip 40-49 1:33.01.0 32 12
196 Heeres Joel 20-29 1:34.39.8 33 2
199 Lamerecht Tim 40-49 1:35.02.6 34 13
190 Johnson Max 50-59 1:36.26.3 35 13
223 Whitlock Dave 50-59 1:37.41.0 36 14
265 Kraal Rick 50-59 1:39.21.7 37 15
247 Worrel Gregory 50-59 1:42.38.1 38 16
243 Gordon Bruce 40-49 1:44.22.9 39 14
183 Webber R.J. 30-39 1:44.31.2 40 7
180 Frayer Matt 30-39 1:48.59.1 41 8
116 Doubek Chris 50-59 1:50.59.1 42 17
187 Gaerttner Martin 60 plus 1:57.34.2 43 2
176 Stevenson Marvin 60 plus 2:12.00.0 44 3
40 Randall John 50-59 2:30.00.0 45 18
Women's 18 Km

BIB #

LAST NAME FIRST NAME CATEGORY

TIME

OVERALL PLACE AGE CLASS PLACE
255 Houle Julie 30-39 1:12.16.0 1 1
252 Gebhart Daniela 40-49 1:12.46.1 2 1
182 Hardin Tracy 40-49 1:13.53.3 3 2
186 Waldo Laura 40-49 1:23.35.8 4 3
235 Todd Amy 30-39 1:29.06.1 5 2
251 Wilks Amelia 50-59 2:02.10.0 6 1
Men's 7 Km

BIB #

LAST NAME FIRST NAME CATEGORY

TIME

OVERALL PLACE AGE CLASS PLACE
248 Zickert Jon 30-39 47:04:00 1 1
Women's 7 Km

BIB #

LAST NAME FIRST NAME CATEGORY

TIME

OVERALL PLACE AGE CLASS PLACE
249 Mowry Kellie 50-59 44:58:09 1 1
242 Alton Julie 40-49 45:58:00 2 1
250 Johnson Katie 30-39 50:14:00 3 1
243 Zimmerman Barb 30-39 50:38:00 4 2
247 Knight Melanie 30-39 55:24:00 5 3
390 Stevenson Gwen 30-39 55:46:00 6 4