Great weekend for Park City Nordic Ski Club
The Park City Nordic Ski Club headed to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to compete in the Johnny Curtis Memorial IMD opener Dec. 19-20. Jackson Hole Nordic Ski Club hosted the race at the historic Trail Creek Ranch. Trail Creek is a local favorite Nordic ski area with varied terrain from open fields to wooded trails. It is often a favorite hangout for moose and other wildlife.
The 2.5-kilometer race course was very spectator friendly and looped around the open meadow for easy viewing and cheering.
On Friday, the team competed in a 5K and 7.5K interval-start classic race. Park City Nordic Ski Team was able to be highly competitive with the other Intermountain teams. The U20/U18 boys raced three laps of the 2.5K loop for a total of 7.5K and the U16 boys and girls all raced two laps for a total of 5K.
Kyle Beling skied into 11th place in an extremely competitive field. Alex Jackson, Jessie Reid and Tucker Hoefler placed 14th, 25th and 28th, respectively.
For the U16 boys, Drew Palmer-Leger skied to a third-place finish while his teammate Connor Patten finished seventh. Tate Hoefler took 17th and Skylar Patten, racing up, skied to an impressive 19th-place finish.
Lane Myshrall took second in the U14 boys.
The PCNSC U20/U18 girls all had strong finishes, with six girls earning spots in the top 20. Leah Lange impressively dominated the race, securing the first step on the podium. Sophie McDonald fought her way to 8th. Riley Douglas, Katie Bonacci, Julia Lazzaroni, Brenna Egan and Lydia Strohl skied into 12th, 13th, 14th, 20th and 25th place, respectively.
Sydney Palmer-Leger, racing up in the U16 girls’ class, skied her way to first place and Sienna Leger Redel took ninth place.
Saturday’s freestyle skate race was an exciting mass-start race. Everyone woke up to a dusting of fresh snow and perfect conditions. The U20/U18 girls made a bold statement in the 7.5K race. Five girls finished in the top 10, with Leah Lange winning the U20/U18 class. Sophie McDonald skied her way to an impressive fifth place. Riley Douglas, Katie Bonacci, Brenna Egan, Julia Lazzaroni and Lydia Strohl finished sixth, eighth, 10th, 17th and 28th, respectively.
Sydney Palmer-Leger also battled her way to another first place finish in the U16 category and Sienna Leger Redel fought hard for 12th place.
Kyle Beling finished 11place for the U20/U18 boys and Alex Jackson, Tucker Hoefler and Jessie Reid placed 13th, 22nd and 24th. The U16 boys raced very well in a competitive field. Teammates Drew Palmer-Leger and Connor Patten sat in the lead pack for the first 2.5K and then broke away from the group on the second lap. Drew Palmer-Leger moved into first place with teammate Connor Patten taking second. Skylar Patten skied into seventh place and Tate Hoefler finished 14th.
The race was an exciting season opener and a good warm-up for the upcoming Senior U.S. National Championships and U.S. Junior Trials in Michigan during the first week in January and the first Junior National Qualifier in mid-January.
The PCNSC also had the opportunity to explore the history of skiing at the Jackson Hole Ski Club and the Elk Refuge. It was fun not only to be able to see elk, but also bighorn sheep and mountain goats.
The Youth Sports Alliance will host a team scramble golf tournament on June 3 at Victory Ranch in hopes of raising funds for its scholarships and youth programs.