Total 4 - 3909249048
Wild Rumpus Sports
 

Deep Fields, Fast Competition Highlight NENSA Fall Rollerski Classic

Harvard’s Chris O’Brien heads out of the start gate at the NENSA Fall Rollerski Classic on Oct. 7 in Jericho, Vt. (Photo: Liam John)

UVM racers dominate men’s and women’s open races

By Adam Terko

This past Saturday, Oct. 7, nearly 100 racers from all over New England and New York converged on the rollerski track in Jericho, Vermont, for the NENSA Fall Rollerski Classic presented by Mansfield Nordic Club and Ethan Allen Biathlon Club.

Another event in a string of area rollerski races that began with NENSA’s App Gap Challenge in July and the NYSEF Climb to the Castle in September, this race wound competitors through the twisting corners and steep hills of Vermont’s only paved rollerski trails. U16 racers competed in a 6 k individual start race, followed by open men’s and women’s races over 10 k.

The U16 categories were won by local Mansfield Nordic Club skiers Aidan Burt and Magdalena Lelito, respectively. Both Burt and Lelito train and race with MNC and are more than familiar with the climbs, curves, and descents of the rollerski track at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site.

After her race, Lelito was excited to see a summer and fall of hard work paying off.

Middlebury skiers Alex Lawson (52) and Cate Brams (53) mid-race at the NENSA Fall Rollerski Classic on Oct. 7 in Jericho, Vt. (Photo: Liam John)

“I felt great during the race,” she said. “The intervals we do during practice really help, and I felt stronger knowing the course and how to ski aggressively…I like the experience of racing before the winter season because I get a good idea of what to improve on before the real deal.”

The 10 k races featured deep fields, and a mix of both junior, collegiate and masters competitors. Attendance from EISA schools like University of Vermont (UVM), Middlebury, Bowdoin, Harvard, and St. Michaels gave the event the feeling of a big winter race without the snow, with familiar faces and rivalries playing out throughout the day.

In both races, UVM left a strong impression on the results sheet. The Catamount women swept positions 1-4, while the men placed 1-6.

UVM sophomore and northern Vermont native Bill Harmeyer won the men’s race with an 18.1-second margin over teammate Juri Miosga. Another Catamount, senior Cully Brown, rounded out the podium in third.

UVM skiers Bill and Henry Harmeyer power toward the finish line at the NENSA Fall Rollerski Classic on Oct. 7 in Jericho, Vt. (Photo: Liam John)

“Awesome to have NENSA and my home club, MNC, put together a stellar event. It’s not everyday you get 100 skiers together during the fall to throw down,” remarked Harmeyer. “Really nice to have an event to remind myself what it feels like to go fast wearing a bib. Also reassuring to know that the fitness is there, and I’m looking forward to transferring that to snow soon!”

In the women’s race one of the newest members of the Catamount roster, Evelina Sutro, finished atop the podium. Sutro edged UVM teammate and 2017 All-American Alayna Sonnesyn by a scant 3.7 seconds, while third place went to Margie Freed, also representing UVM.

The only non-UVM skier to finish in the top-five in either of the 10 k races was Harvard’s Tegan Thorley, who raced to fifth in the women’s event.

NENSA’s Competitive Programs Director Justin Beckwith was in attendance to help with the running of the event, and also to observe the atmosphere and competitions.

“We are excited to see such strong participation from throughout New England and New York,” remarked Beckwith. “The fall classic had the distinct feel of a ski race and the camaraderie of the teams is healthy for our Nordic community. This was a great opportunity for several college teams to get in a hard effort and for junior skiers to run elbows with some of their peers and role models.”

Results and timing, courtesy of EABC and TrembleBach Timing, can be found at www.mansfieldnordic.org, eabiathlon.org, and below.

Fall Rollerski Classic 2017 Results

For additional photos, please visit the following galleries:

Fall Classic photos by Carl + Dave Priganc

Fall Classic photos by Liam John

For those looking to view or compete in more rollerski races before the snow flies, consider NENSA’s Elite Invitational rollerski race and winter kickoff party on November 4th, or the NY State Rollerski Championships presented by HURT Nordic on November 12th.

U16 athletes Aidan Burt, Ali Priganc and Magda Lelito take in the scene during the open races at the NENSA Fall Rollerski Classic on Oct. 7 in Jericho, Vt. (Photo: Liam John)

***

To submit a recap of a regional event, please email info@fasterskier.com.

Longtime BEA Executive Director Husaby Steps Down

(Press release) The Bend Endurance Academy (BEA) Board of Directors announced today that Ben Husaby, its founding Executive Director, has decided to step down from his position after eight years of leading the organization. BEA is a Bend-based non-profit organization that offers kids the opportunity to learn, play, compete, and explore the outdoors through their participation in endurance sports. Under Husaby’s direction, BEA has grown to serve nearly 1,000 participants annually in programs ranging from play-based pre-school groups to professional-level competition training in the disciplines of Nordic skiing, cycling and climbing. “It has been such an honor to have been a part of a truly remarkable organization.  I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished in a relatively short period time.”  Husaby goes on to say, “We have great coaches and families, van-fulls of kids and a new facility.  Now is the perfect time for me to step aside. …

Gregg Second at OPA Cup Finals; Halvorsen 10th in Mini Tour

Caitlin Gregg led a contingent of American cross-country skiers in Seefeld, Austria, last Friday through Sunday, starting OPA Cup Finals with a freestyle prologue win, then placing seventh in the 10-kilometer classic, and finally second in the 10 k freestyle pursuit. The Europa Cup, or OPA Cup for short, is Central Europe’s International Ski Federation (FIS) Continental Cup series, similar to the U.S. SuperTour and Canadian NorAm circuits. The overall male and female winners of the OPA Cup circuit earn World Cup starts for next season. This year’s OPA Cup Finals were held in Seefeld in the form of a three-day mini tour. It was Seefeld’s first test event leading up to the 2019 Nordic World Championships. The next test event will be the 2018 Cross-Country World Cup scheduled for next Jan. 26-28 in Seefeld. Athletes competing in OPA Cups are selected by their respective national teams, which creates a field of the best athletes not…

Kornfield, Kern, Norris, and Miller Win at Ishpeming SuperTour

Thanks to Leo J. Martin golf course, my home training grounds growing up, I was well prepared for a flat and fast sprint course! It feels good to be back at sea level and actually feel like I am sprinting again, especially with super speedy skis my coach prepped! Shoutout to @paddy_caldwell for also snagging 2nd at the SuperTour today! 💥💪🏼 #flatlander A post shared by Julia Kern (@juliakernski) on Feb 17, 2017 at 6:48pm PST Two days of SuperTour races and a Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) race were held this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming, Mich., with SuperTour freestyle sprints and 5/10-kilometer classic races on Friday and Sunday. It was the fourth stop on the circuit, including U.S. nationals, and the last one before the season-ending SuperTour Finals. Interestingly, the sprint finals included just four skiers (as opposed to the…

U.S. Nominates U23 World Championships Team

Ten athletes have been selected to represent the U.S. at the 2017 FIS Nordic U23 World Championships starting later this month at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, according to an email from U.S. Ski Team Development Coach Bryan Fish. The team includes five men and five women, with Patrick Caldwell of the Stratton Mountain School (SMS), Dartmouth College and U.S. Ski Team D-team prequalifying to earn his spot. Also on the men’s team are John Hegman and Cole Morgan, both of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF), Callan DeLine (Dartmouth Ski Team), and Adam Martin (Northern Michigan University). Comprising the women’s team are Kelsey Phinney (SVSEF), Nichole Bathe (University of Alaska-Fairbanks), Jesse Knori (University of Colorado-Boulder), Alayna Sonnesyn (University of Vermont), and Corey Stock (Bridger Ski Foundation). Additionally, 12 athletes were named to the U.S. team for 2017 Junior World Championships, also held Jan. 30-Feb. 5 at Soldier Hollow….

USSA Names Cross-Country Junior Worlds Team

(Press release) PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 13, 2017) – Twelve cross country ski racers have been named to the team that will represent the USA at the International Ski Federation’s 2017 USANA Nordic Junior World Ski Championships Jan. 30-Feb. 5 at the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. It’s the first time the global junior event has been held in the USA since 1986 in Lake Placid. The team of six men and six women was named by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association following the completion of trials during the L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships at Soldier Hollow. Selection was based on results of USSA SuperTour competitions along with three trials events during the U.S. Championships. “It was a great opportunity to have our trials here at Soldier Hollow and to have the Junior World Championships coming back to the USA,” said Coach Bryan Fish. “We witnessed a full spectrum of weather conditions…

Cross Country Canada Announces U23/Junior Worlds Teams

On Wednesday, Cross Country Canada announced its teams for the International Ski Federation (FIS) Nordic Junior & U23 World Championships, which will be held Jan. 30-Feb. 5 at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. Below is an excerpt from its team-nomination press release: “Selections were based on the results of the 3 races at the U.S. National Championships, a great opportunity to race at altitude on the Championship courses against deep fields of competition. The top Canadians were automatically selected to the team, and Dahria Beatty and Maya Macisaac-Jones were preselected based on scoring World Cup points, this season and last. The rest of the selections were a bit of a challenge, with a lot of competition for places on the team. The variable weather conditions also made ski preparation sometimes difficult. It is always good to have a challenge with selection with so many promising athletes. While some may not have made the…

U.S. Nationals Classic Sprint Videos

Thanks to The Utah Nordic Alliance’s (TUNA) Kirk Nichols for sharing the following race videos from the men’s and women’s classic sprints, held Sunday, Jan. 8, at 2017 U.S. Cross Country Championships at Soldier Hollow: Men’s and women’s finals:  Junior men’s and women’s finals: More heats: Junior men’s quarterfinals Junior women’s quarterfinals Senior men’s quarterfinals Senior women’s quarterfinals   Junior men’s and women’s semifinals Senior men’s and women’s semifinals  

The Pre-Race Scene at Senior Nationals

  SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah.–Conditions on the ground at Soldier Hollow (SoHo)? Cold. Sipping an espresso in Deer Valley and checking weather temps in SoHo about 20 miles south, the temps on the phone read -12 degrees fahrenheit at 9:30 a.m. in Midway, Utah —  Midway is located only a few miles from the SoHo race venue. On his blog, Zach Caldwell said it was -18 degrees when he began testing. Cold.   Throughout the day, snow guns blasted creating a mix of man-made snow to go along with the recent natural snow. The course for tomorrow’s distance races, a women’s 10-kilometer freestyle and men’s 15 k skate, is stout; steep punchy climbs, a long grueling uphill, and little rest or recovery to balance the lactate loads. Although not the same 5 k loop to be raced during World Juniors contested from Jan. 28 – Feb 5, 2017 at SoHo, Saturday’s…

What’s at Stake for the Canadians at SoHo

At an event called U.S. Cross Country Championships (U.S. nationals for short), you might be expecting to see lot of Americans racing. What you might not expect is the large Canadian contingent at Soldier Hollow this weekend and next week in Midway, Utah. Aside from the obvious attraction of racing in a more competitive field, the 2017 U.S. nationals are a selection event for Cross Country Canada (CCC). At stake for Canadians are starts at World Championships, Junior and U23 World Championships, and World Cup starts in Otepää and PyeongChang later this season. The complete selection details are in the selection criteria, but we can summarize by event. Junior/U23 World Championships (Soldier Hollow), Jan. 30-Feb. 5 The selection for Junior Worlds and U23’s is almost entirely based on race results at U.S. nationals, which allows the athletes to qualify on the same courses that will be used for the championships. CCC first automatically selects…