Wasatch Citizens Series ends with Skyler Patton
The Utah Nordic Alliance
Skylar Patten and Vincent Bonacci showed up at the fifth Black Diamond Wasatch Citizens Series race ready to cruise. In their final event before heading to Alaska for the Junior Nationals, they battled it out for three laps around White Pine’s farm track on Saturday in hopes of winning the male open category.
After skiing together for most of the race, Park City Ski Team’s Patten edged out his TUNA rival in the final sprint. Patten’s time for 19 kilometers was an excellent 56 minutes, 31.5 seconds, with Bonacci just 0.4 seconds behind.
Winner of the women’s race was former Dartmouth ski team member Julie Davenport, who crossed the line in 65:25. Also on the podium were Parkites Roxanne Toly in second and Amy MacDonald in third.
Despite the beautiful sunny weather and perfectly groomed track, the skiing conditions weren’t ideal. A storm the previous day, plus the early morning single-digit temperature, made the snow a bit soft and slow.
Nevertheless, 181 intrepid athletes bundled up with extra layers and neck gaiters to toe the start line.
This was the final race in the series, so season awards were also at stake. Over the season, skiers accumulated points for all their races, with their best four totaled at the end for a season score.
Many classes came down to the wire. In the women’s open group, for example, either Davenport or Toly could have ended up with the most points overall, so there was extra pressure on them to go fast.
Many Park City skiers ended up in the medals in Saturday’s race, and quite a few took home trophies for the series.
The Wilson family each won a medal in the final event to put all of them on top of their age groups for the winter. Sabine has dominated the
under-16 class, winning all her series races. Her parents, Isaac and Dodi, will be rooting for her to do the same at the Junior Nationals in a couple of weeks.
The Pages also ended the season on a high note. Pearl Page had a clean sweep in the under-8 class, far out-pacing all her rivals in all five events.
Milo Page got his needed victory among the under-12s to get the winner’s season trophy. Emma Page was just out of the medals on Saturday in the under-16 category, but skied fast enough for third place overall.
Park City Ski Teamer Wes Campbell won his third series event to take home the under-16 season trophy. After a slow start, he’s been showing great improvement over the winter and is headed for the Junior Nationals. Sevi Miller won his fourth gold medal on Saturday to wrap up the under-8 class.
Tegan Hoffman had three wins and a second to top the under-10 group.
In the adult classes, Parkites Debbie Wagner, Nancy Fichter, and Marit Glenne were undefeated to win their age groups for the series. Carolyn Sterret and Laura Patten were close all season in the 50-54 class, but Carolyn was able to take home the top trophy.
We couldn’t have asked for better weather and ski conditions for all five races in the Black Diamond Wasatch Citizens Series. The combination of sun and lots of snow combined to bring out more racers than we’ve seen for quite a while. We’re hoping the cross-country skiing will last until April this year at all the local venues.
Quincey Cummings and Mitchell Andrus, two Parkites, turned their experience in sailing and hospitality into an adventure travel business, which as an adventure of its own.