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Strait Striders Narrowly Beat Headquarters at the Relays

Results

Sat, Mar  18, 2006 - By Mike Muha

The Strait Striders had a narrow seven-point victory over the Cross County Ski Headquarters in the Michigan Cup Relays 4,528 points to 4,521. Team NordicSkiRacer came third with 3,216 points.

Snow cover at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters was great - skiers were suprised after seeing little or no snow in the surrounding area. In the 20's under bright sunny skies and a milde breeze, each skier raced two 3.2 Km laps before tagging off the the next skier in their relay team.

The fastest relay time of the day went to the Team NordicSkiRacer.com Yvon Dufour, Dave Fanslow and Steve Kuhl with a total time of 37:29. Another all male team from the Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team - Christian Byar, Melzar Coulter, and Dell Todd - finished second fastest with a time of 38:36. A coed team consisting of Hugh Pritchard, Julie Houle, and Mike Muha finished third overall in 39:23.

The first leg of the relay was limited to classic technique - which turned out to be very problemmatic to many skiers. Parts of the tracks were icy, making purchase difficult. Many skiers had to run up the center of hills to find softer snow or, if they still didn't have kick, doublepole the uphills.

The second and third legs were freestyle - skiers could choose to skate or classic ski.

Bob Frye did an excellent job grooming the trail with the Alpina Power Tiller. And thanks to six young men from Camp Shawono we have built snow bridges across the bare spots on the Wild Turkey Trail!

Finally, Nick Baic did a great job with the timing!

Total Relay Points by Michigan Cup Team:

Straits Striders 4,528
Cross County Ski Headquarters 4,521
Team NordicSkiRacer.com 3,254
Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team 1,543
Cross Country Ski Shop 847
Outside Edge 192
OddersDer 115

 
Individual Relay Team Results: 

Place Team Name 1 Split 1 1st Rank Name 2 Split 2 2nd Rank Name 3 Split 3 3rd Rank Time Overall
Rank
Relay Points
Coed 150 & Over
1 SS John Hardin 0:18:40 23 Tracy Hardin 0:15:01 12 Steve VanDam 0:14:06 15 0:47:47 17 500
2 NSR.com Joann Cavaletto 0:20:20 28 Bill Haeffner 0:16:08 24 Tim Feldkamp 0:14:01 13 0:50:29 23 429
3 SS Hap Wright 0:17:50 20 Amy Wilks 0:20:55 48 Dave Whitlock 0:16:45 34 0:55:30 35 357
4 SS Hugh Melling 0:19:33 26 Kathy Biggs 0:19:07 41 Steve Biggs 0:17:39 41 0:56:19 38 286
5 SS Emily Meyerson 0:22:47 40 Sam Sharp 0:17:18 35 Dave irish 0:16:54 36 0:56:59 39 214
6 XCSH Debi Weir 0:31:29 49 Kay Drysdale 0:17:56 38 Rick Neier 0:15:38 30 1:05:03 45 143
7 XCSH Marv Stevenson 0:27:52 47 Dianne Patterson 0:19:08 42 LaRy Mergentine 0:24:09 49 1:11:09 47 71
Coed 59 & Under
1 XCSH Catatina Gulledge 0:19:13 24 Kaitlyn Patterson 0:17:00 34 Stew Upton 0:14:02 14 0:50:15 21 500
Coed 60 to 149
1 NSR.com Hugh Pritchard 0:12:44 1 Julia Houle 0:13:48 7 Mike Muha 0:12:51 4 0:39:23 3 500
2 SS Chris Weingartz 0:13:52 4 Daniela Gebhardt 0:14:31 10 Greg Putalik 0:12:36 3 0:40:59 5 444
3 GRNST Missy Peuhl-Weisner 0:17:02 19 Stuart Picard 0:15:07 13 Mike Seamon 0:13:54 12 0:46:03 12 389
4 XCSH Ben Caldwell 0:15:36 13 Gussie Peterson 0:15:10 14 Mike Temkin 0:15:32 29 0:46:18 13 333
5 SS Steve Rudolph 0:15:29 11 Linda Atkins 0:18:51 39 Jeff Moore 0:15:07 24 0:49:27 19 278
6 SS KeRi Finlayson 0:20:20 28 Bob Vanderkopple 0:15:20 18 Steve Weber 0:15:21 27 0:51:01 24 222
7 NSR.com Aaron Tarnow 0:15:18 10 Susan Joslin 0:20:24 47 Lewis Tripp 0:15:27 28 0:51:09 25 167
8 SS Sue Martin 0:22:23 38 Dave Atkins 0:15:43 23 Dave Farley 0:16:13 31 0:54:19 32 111
9 NSR.com Theo Wallenmenich 0:16:01 16 Ron Sexton 0:17:31 37 Julie Hewett 0:39:39 51 1:13:11 48 56
Female 150 & Over
1 SS Connie Mendyk 0:24:02 45 Barb Beatty 0:16:55 33 Tracy Goble 0:15:11 25 0:56:08 37 500
2 NSR.com Karen Dawson 0:21:06 34 Linda Allen 0:19:52 45 Lexanne Creitz 0:16:37 33 0:57:35 40 333
3 XCSH Carole Merwin 0:29:57 48 Beth Caldwell 0:25:56 50 Jean MuRay 0:24:09 49 1:20:02 49 167
Female 59 & Under
1 XCSH Mariah Frye 0:21:54 35 Britta Patterson 0:19:22 43 Tawny Kanaby 0:20:58 46 1:02:14 44 500
Female 60 to 149
1 NSR.com Emily Flynn 0:16:57 18 Mackenzie Kuhl 0:16:44 30 Leah Bowman 0:14:42 18 0:48:23 18 500
2 XCSH Lynne Frye 0:23:27 43 Adreinne Alts 0:18:56 40 Fran Upton 0:17:30 40 0:59:53 41 333
3 XCSH Jill Rynalski 0:36:22 50 Kelly Kanaby 0:25:19 49 Doona Pauciub 0:23:15 48 1:24:56 51 167
Male 150 & Over
1 NSR.com Doug Heady 0:15:37 14 Bill Kaltz 0:13:44 6 Kan Dawson 0:13:17 8 0:42:38 7 500
2 CCSS Dick Fultz 0:15:40 15 Glen Goodman 0:13:41 4 Robin Luce 0:13:42 10 0:43:03 8 462
3 GRNST George Peuhl 0:14:33 8 P Johnson 0:15:11 15 Steve Smegiel 0:15:01 22 0:44:45 11 423
4 SS Detlef Vberndt 0:15:11 9 Dave Blumenthal 0:16:38 28 Marv Mendyk 0:14:48 20 0:46:37 14 385
5 XCSH Doug Cale 0:15:30 12 Rick Weir 0:16:39 29 Frank Rynalksi 0:14:53 21 0:47:02 15 346
6 SS Darwin Gilbert 0:22:46 39 Bob Kuhn 0:15:18 17 Dave Ide 0:14:19 16 0:52:23 27 308
7 GRNST Rick Kraai 0:21:03 32 Ernie Brumbaugh 0:14:40 11 Dan Nolan 0:16:59 37 0:52:42 28 269
8 NSR.com Greg Worrel 0:19:34 27 Doug Cornell 0:15:40 22 Spencer Ruffner 0:17:40 42 0:52:54 29 231
9 XCSH LaRy Timm 0:20:21 30 John Geiger 0:16:45 31 Greg Merwin 0:16:45 34 0:53:51 31 192
10 SS Bill Ahrenberg 0:23:09 42 Wayne Christopherson 0:16:13 25 Kevin Kelly 0:15:19 26 0:54:41 33 154
11 SS Scott Hotchkiss 0:21:05 33 Max Johnson 0:16:30 27 Jim Meyer 0:17:19 39 0:54:54 34 115
12 XCSH Rich Wells 0:22:54 41 Wolfgang Uhrig 0:19:53 46 Sam Gillespie 0:17:11 38 0:59:58 42 77
13 XCSH John Caldwell 0:22:12 36 John Johnson 0:17:23 36 Gary Fuller 0:21:05 47 1:00:40 43 38
Male 59 & Under
1 XCSH Jimmy Frye 0:18:19 21 Daniel Temkin 0:16:48 32 JJ Upton 0:15:06 23 0:50:13 20 500
Male 60 to 149
1 NSR.com Yvon Dufour 0:13:41 3 Dave Fanslow 0:12:04 1 Steve Kuhl 0:11:44 1 0:37:29 1 500
2 GRNST Dell Todd 0:13:39 2 Melzar Coulter 0:12:34 2 Christian Byar 0:12:23 2 0:38:36 2 462
3 XCSH Curt Peterson 0:14:02 5 LaRy Kanaby 0:13:44 5 Rob Mitchell 0:13:02 6 0:40:48 4 423
4 CCSS Jim Pryor 0:14:28 6 Chris Jones 0:14:10 8 Bob Smith 0:13:00 5 0:41:38 6 385
5 SS Jake Zehnder 0:14:32 7 Mark Buday 0:15:33 21 Spenser Beatty 0:13:06 7 0:43:11 9 346
6 SS Mark Kurz 0:16:44 17 Joel Moore 0:13:36 3 Jack Deegan 0:13:23 9 0:43:43 10 308
7 XCSH Dale Ernst 0:18:25 22 Greg Thelen 0:14:20 9 David Thelen 0:14:42 18 0:47:27 16 269
8 XCSH Duane Juriga 0:20:42 31 Devan Thielfoldt 0:15:16 16 Kip Knight 0:14:21 17 0:50:19 22 231
9 OE Josh Wright 0:22:21 37 Triston Cole 0:15:32 20 Trevon Cole 0:13:44 11 0:51:37 26 192
10 XCSH Jeff Pike 0:19:25 25 Tim Cook 0:16:21 26 Steve Moelter 0:18:00 44 0:53:46 30 154
11 Odders Der Todd Hofer 0:24:10 46 Ryan McClure 0:15:23 19 Tim McClure 0:16:24 32 0:55:57 36 115
12 XCSH Jon Hunter 0:23:36 44 Jeff Forshey 0:27:19 51 Joe Brandonisio 0:19:18 45 1:10:13 46 77
13 NSR.com Garrett Kafner 0:46:31 51 Steve Burgess 0:19:33 44 Frank Nizio 0:17:42 43 1:23:46 50 38