Park City Nordic squad earns 13 medals
Twenty-five cross-country skiers from the Park City Nordic Ski Club took part in the Intermountain Division Youth Ski Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho, Feb. 27 and 28. The event had 270 participants ages 6-16 and 11 clubs. Skiers raced in four competitions including a skate distance, classic distance, Flying Downhill and obstacle course. Together the team took home 13 medals and an additional 25 top-10 finishes.
In the skate distance race, Liam Wallis had his best performance of the season, placing fourth in the U14 event. Cooper Seliga also scored some points for the team by finishing 38th. Sabine Wilson led the PCNSC U14 girls with a fourth-place finish. Close behind were McKinley Hibl in sixth, Bella Miller in 13th, Samantha Herman in 14th, Beanie Nixon in 27th, Ellie Anderson in 32nd, Catherine Best in 44th and Lucy Flitton in 50th.
The U12 boys had an exciting day on the hilly two-kilometer course, with Wes Campbell coming in first, John Olson a close third and Janne Koch showing he never gives up by skiing most of the race with one ski pole and placing an impressive fourth. Max McNulty Van Oordt also scored points by placing 38th. In the U12 girls’ race, Bailey Carmack and Georgia Morgan placed 23rd and 24th, respectively, only two seconds apart.
In the U10 boys’ race Anders Silitch had an impressive sixth-place finish, followed by Hank Morgan in 17th. In the U10 girls’ race Emily Campbell placed third and Ava Jaquet was 21st. In the U8 race, Ian Carmack placed third and Lilly Morgan, Madeline Jaquet and Kate Morgan placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
In the Flying Downhill race, Ian Carmack led the team with a win in the U8. Liam was third in U14, followed by Cooper in 25th. Emily had an impressive third-place finish, even with a crash, in the U10 race. The U12 boys were impressive again with Wes, Janne and John placing fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively. Sabine was eighth in U14, followed by McKinley in 20th, Samantha in 24th, Beanie in 27th, Stine in 29th, Bella in 37th and Lucy in 38th. Anders scored another top-10 finish by taking eighth place and Hank finished 20th. Bailey Carmack had her best performance of the weekend, placing 12th, and Georgia was right behind her in 13th.
In the obstacle course, the U12 boys exemplified their well-rounded skills with Wes tying for first, Janne placing third and John in fourth. Max placed 38th. In the U14 boys’ race, Liam Wallis placed sixth and Cooper lost a pole and still placed 25th. Beanie was the top finisher for the U14 girls in seventh place, followed by Bella in 11th and Stine in 15th. Anders and Emily both placed fourth in U10s and Hank Morgan had his best finish in 14th. Kate had another top-five finish in U8 in fourth. Ian had another podium finish by placing second in U8.
In the classic individual start race, Janne had an impressive win, followed by John in second and Wes in fifth. In the U12 girls’ race, Georgia and Bailey placed 24th and 26th, respectively. Liam placed 14th in the U14s. McKinley lead the U14 girls with an 11th-place finish, followed by Sabine Wilson in 12th, Samantha and Stine tied for 23rd, Ellie in 30th, Catherine in 32nd and Beanie in 39th. Ian took home yet another podium with a second-place finish and Emily added a fourth-place result in U10. Lilly was third in the U8 race, followed by her teammates Madeline in fifth and Kate in sixth.
The Park City Nordic Ski Club concludes its season this week with several members of the comp team competing at Junior Nationals in Cable, Wisconsin. Dryland training for Devo and Comp teams will begin in May. For more information on the Park City Nordic Ski Club’s programs, go to http://www.utaholympiclegacy/pcnsc .
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