The Park City Nordic Ski team competed in the first Junior National Qualifier at Bogus Basin in Boise, Idaho January 16th and 17th. The two day nordic event brought over 200 athletes from Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah not only competing for the win, but for those athletes U16 and older a chance to qualify to compete at U.S Junior Nationals. The race in Bogus Basin was the first of three races that will select the athletes U16 and older to represent the Intermountain Division at the Junior Nationals Championships March 6-13 in Cable, Wisconsin.
Eighteen Park City Nordic Ski Club athletes competed over the weekend bringing home twelve podiums and fourteen top ten finishes.
The races started off Saturday with a interval start classic race. Coaches Gordon Lange, Torin Koos, Dan Guiney and Art Myshrall all worked hard to make sure the skies had great kick and fast glide in the blustery snowy conditions. John Olson kicked off the day racing in the boys U12 category and took the win. Liam Wallis fought hard for 11th in the boys U14. Skyler Patten had an impressive race taking 2nd in the boys U16. Lane Myshrall took 11th and Tate Hoefler finished 19th. Sydney Palmer-Leger had a strong race taking the win for the U16 girls. Teammates Mila Leger Redel, Victoria Olson, Kate Young and Claire Oberg skied into 15th, 16th, 19th and 20th respectively. Leah Lange dominated her race winning the U20/U18 women’s field. Julia Lazzaroni had a standout performance skiing into 2nd just behind Leah. Sienna Leger Redel, Lydia Strohl and Lindsey Adams all skied well into 14th, 16th and 19th place. Drew Palmer-Leger captured 12th place in the Men’s U20/U18 race while teammates Connor Patten and Karsten Beling skied into 22nd and 24th place.
Day two of racing saw clear skies and good snow. The freestyle interval start race was 5 km for all athletes U16 and older. John Olson again dominated the race with his win in the boys U12. Liam Wallis skied impressively into 8th place in the boys U14. Skylar Patten skied hard for the 3rd step on the podium in the boys U16 category. Tate Hoefler skied fast into 5th place and Lane Myshrall finished strong into 10th place. Sydney Palmer-Leger had another impressive race winning the girls U16. Mila Leger Redel skied well and earned a 4th place finish. Victoria Olson and Kate Young skied into 16th and 17th respectively. In the Women’s U20/U18 race, Leah Lange skied her way to another win. Julia Lazzaroni, Sienna Leger Redel, Lindsey Adams and Lydia Strohl skied into 10th, 17th, 20th and 22nd place. Drew Palmer-Leger and Connor Patten both had strong finishes in the men’s U20/U18 race. Drew Palmer-Leger fought hard for 3rd place and Connor Patten took 4th. Karsten Beling finished 32nd.
It was an impressive weekend for the PCNSC athletes. The next JNQ will be held at Soldier Hollow January 29 and 30th. The race is a Super Qualifier so other divisions are invited to compete. It will be an exciting weekend of races.
Leah Lange also just returned from Houghton, Michigan where she competed in the U.S Senior Nationals. Her strong finishes in the races qualified her to compete at the Junior World Championships in Rasnov, Romania February 22-28. You can follow all the action from Junior World Championships here: http://skirasnov.ro/en.
Come end this spectacular season by joining the fun at the 2016 Annual Ski Meister! Get ready for a BBQ, ski race, pond skimming, and end of season awards. This event is for EVERYONE (including parents). A little shy of getting wet? Don’t fret! The race will be on a course set up on the small hills, participants will be grouped by age, coaches and parents too.
Don’t forget to dress in your favorite costume! Best dressed and best crash will receive an award.