Fifteen athletes with Durango Nordic traveled to Summit County on Dec. 16-18 to compete in our first Junior National Qualifying races of the season. Hosted by the Summit Nordic Ski Club, the weekend featured a skate interval start on Saturday and a classic mass start on Sunday, both at the Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge.
Wintry weather on Saturday provided challenging conditions for the skate race. Several inches of fresh snow fell overnight and the wind chill made the single digit temperatures feel even more frigid. However, all of our athletes proved tougher than the conditions and finished with some impressive results.
All age groups U16 and older raced a rolling 5 kilometer course that provided little opportunity for recovery. Maggie Wigton finished fifth overall for the U20 females. In the U18 female division, Marit May was 12th, Carter Reiter was 16thand Alma Wolf was 20th.
For the U16 females, Cecilia Compton took 16th and Rebecca Bowers finished in 18th. Logan Moore was Durango Nordic’s first U16 male finisher in fifth place. Cobe Freeburn also skied into the top ten with a seventh place finish.
The U14 and U12 athletes raced a 3 k course. In the U14 female race, each Durango athlete finished in the top ten. Georgia Mynatt was seventh, Halle Moore was ninth and Ruth Holcomb took tenth. Wiley Corra stepped onto the podium with a third place finish in the U14 males’ race.
For the U12 females, Maggie Holcomb finished fourth. Fred Reiter took 13th for the U12 males.
Wrapping up the day of racing was Durango’s youngest competitor, Betty Holcomb, who skied a 1.5 k loop. She finished in fifth.
Sunday featured sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures for the classic mass start races.
Wigton earned the bronze medal in the U20 females’ 5 k race. May finished 12th, while Wolf was 21st and Carter Reiter was 23rd.
In the U16 females’ race, Compton was 14th and Bowers was 20th. Logan Moore took seventh for the U16 males and Freeburn finished eighth.
The U14 and U12 males and females both raced a 3 k course. Ruth Holcomb skied onto the podium with a third place finish. Teammates Mynatt and Halle Moore finished in 13th and 14th respectively. Corra took gold with an impressive lead on the rest of the U14 male field.
Fred Reiter’s finishing sprint brought him up several places to finish fifth overall in the U12 males division. Maggie Holcomb chased down the silver medal for the U12 females.
U10 Betty Holcomb skied to another fifth place finish in her 1.5 k.
The first JNQ race always provides a great opportunity for our kids to test their fitness after months of hard work and dryland training. I think we've got a lot to look forward to this season! Our next JNQ races will be on Jan. 21 and 22 in Aspen.