Cross-country ski race Saturday at Eaglecrest
JUNEAU - Ready, set, ski!
For the first time in several years, Juneau cross-country skiers this weekend will have the chance to participate in a local race.
The Juneau Nordic Ski Club and Eaglecrest Ski Area are hosting the 5-, 10- or 15-kilometer event on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at the ski area's lower nordic loop. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the lower loop A-frame hut, located at the start of the lower loop just below the lodge.
"It's the first good season we've had in quite awhile, and we want to keep the race series going," race organizer Jim Powell said.
Powell said several local skiers are planning to compete in the Tour of Anchorage race on March 7, and the local race will serve as a tune-up.
Racers must have a JNSC season pass, or a day pass to use the nordic trails. There is no additional race fee. All ages and styles of cross-country skiing are welcome, though youth skiers must be able to finish at least a 5K race. Racers for the 5K, 10K and 15K events will start together at 9 a.m.
Young, Bartel claim wins in AML Super-G race
JUNEAU - Zachary Young of Juneau Ski Club and Melinda Bartel of Alyeska Ski Club were the winners in Thursday's opening race of the four-day Alaska Marine Lines Series Junior Olympic Qualifiers at Eaglecrest Ski Area.
Young completed the Super-G course in 1 minutes, 13.25 seconds to beat Juneau Ski Club teammate Nick Yankee's time of 1:13.85. Lucas Tanaka of Girdwood's Alyeska Ski Club took third place among male skiers in 1:14.81, followed by Alyeska's Garrett Russell in 1:17.61 and David Chadwick in 1:18.61.
In the female race, Bartel posted a time of 1:16.57 to beat Juneau Ski Club's Julia Nave, who finished in 1:17.87. Juneau's Kayla Harmon took third place in 1:22.07, followed by Alyeska's Anna Karin Nodin in 1:23.20 and Kaitlin Welch of Fairbanks' Moose Mountain Alpine Sports Program in fifth at 1:29.31.
The series continues today with another Super-G race, followed by giant slalom races on Saturday and slalom races on Sunday. Ski lifts open at 9:30 a.m. and racing starts about 11 a.m. at Eaglecrest with as many as three Super-G races (J-3/J-4, then J-1/J-2 followed by another J-3/J-4 race) during the day. Saturday's races start about 10:30 a.m.
The top skiers in this series and next month's Alyeska Cup in Girdwood will earn trips to the West Region Junior Olympics in the Lower 48 for their particular age groups. Also, some of the top skiers in the AML series will earn spots on Team Alaska for the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.
AML SERIES SUPER-G RACES
Results from Thursday's Alaska Marine Lines Series Super-G races at Eaglecrest Ski Area.
Male - 1. Zachary Young, JSC (Juneau Ski Club), J-2 age group, 1 minute, 13.25 seconds; 2. Nick Yankee, JSC, J-1, 1:13.85; 3. Lucas Tanaka, ASC (Alyeska Ski Club), J-2, 1:14.81; 4. Garrett Russell, ASC, J-1, 1:17.61; 5. David Chadwick, ASC, J-2, 1:18.61; 6. Chris French, ASC, J-2, 1:19.80; 7. Luke Mather, MM (Moose Mountain Alpine Sports Program), J-2, 1:22.63; 8. tie, Donny Peterson, JSC, J-2, 1:24.28; 8. tie, John King, MM, J-2, 1:24.28; 10. Pat Shanley, JSC, J-1, 1:24.79; 11. Wes Worker, MM, J-2, 1:38.25. DNS: Nick Thierrien, ASC, J-2; Joshua Young, JSC, J-2; Rory Casey, ASC, J-1. DNF: John Strause, MM, MID (adult); Mark Harmon, JSC, J-1; Richard Isett Jr., JSC, J-1.
Female - 1. Melinda Bartell, ASC, J-2, 1:16.57; 2. Julia Nave, JSC, J-2, 1:22.07; 3. Kayla Harmon, JSC, J-2, 1:22.07; 4. Anna Karin Nodin, ASC, J-2, 1:23.20; 5. Kaitlin Welch, MM, J-2, 1:29.31; 6. Kaitlyn Bausler, JSC, J-1, 1:37.62; 7. Sara Cohen, JSC, J-2, 1:37.69. DNS: Brittany Mumma, ASC, J-2; Kristen Brandner, JSC, J-2. DNF: Rachel Hook, MM, J-2; Elise Wahto, JSC, J-2.