Friday, January 25, 2013
After a mad dash at the starting line, racers thinned out across the course in what would prove to be a fast and glorious day of racing at Mt. Hood Meadows.
The race last Saturday was the third in MHM’s annual Nordic Series, held on the groomed trail network at the resort’s lower Hood River Meadows area. With sunny skies and spring-like conditions, the event was a Pursuit format, in which competitors start with skate-style racing and switch skis and boots at the halfway point and finish in the Classic style.
For the high school and middle school divisions, the race was 10K and came down to a one-two finish between Hood River Valley High School Nordic teammates Mason McDowell and Petra Knapp, both of whom posted sub-30 minute times. Jesse Wiley won the middle school division with an impressive time a minute behind Knapp’s 29:41 finish.
In the 20K adult race, men’s 30-39 division winner Sam Cordell posted a 40:41 time to take the overall win in dominating fashion. The second-fastest 20K time came from HRVHS 10th-grader and team racer Sam Wiley, who came in at 44:33 and is racing this weekend at the Junior National qualifier in Bend for a chance to chase national accolades later this spring.
The course was a challenging mix of flat terrain, sharp corners and steep up and downhill stretches that tested both athleticism and endurance. With sunshine and T-shirt temperatures, racers enjoyed a good dose of vitamin D before heading back down the mountain and into the gloom.
The fourth and final race of the season is a 20K skate race on Feb. 23. HRVHS racers will be on course this weekend at Teacup Lake for their next OHNSO race of the season against close to 200 high school skiers from around the state.
Combined 5K skate and 5K classic
High school class:
Mason McDowell, 1st
Petra Knapp, 2nd
Delia Dolan, 3rd
Miranda Starr, 4th
Jesse Wiley, 1st
Valerie Fischer, 2nd
Elkin Parker, 3rd
Joey Slover, 4th
Dylan Chambers, 5th
Combined 10K skate and 10K classic
29 and under class:
Sam Wiley, 1st
Carina Hamel, 2nd
Benjamin Pratt, 3rd
Daniel Fischer, 4th
Robert Heinz, 5th
Sam Cordell, 1st
Noel Johnson, 2nd
Mark Thomas, 3rd
James Bradley, 4th
Kelly Ryan, 5th
Paul Blackburn , 1st
Kathleen Welland, 2nd
Greg Gohman, 3rd
David Novak, 4th
Peter Miksousky, 1st
Johnathan Walpole, 2nd
Greg Talbert, 3rd
Bob Williams, 4th
Jeff Knapp, 5th
Mike Ivie , 1st
Tom Usher, 2nd
Stephen Schneider, 3rd
Oriol Sole-Costa, 4th
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