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SoHi boys stand fourth after first day at state ski meet

Hall takes third in freestyle

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2002

Nikiski senior Zach Hall led the Kenai Peninsula contingent at the state ski meet Thursday in Fairbanks by placing third in the boys 10-kilometer freestyle race.

Hall skied his 10 kilometers in 30 minutes, 8.4 seconds, to finish 33 seconds behind winner Justin Singleton of Chugiak.

Nikiski coach Dale Bakk said the temperatures in Fairbanks ranged from 9 degrees to minus 5 degrees during the race.

"It was a really nice day for racing," Bakk said. "It was a little on the cool side, but that suits us just fine.

"We don't have to worry about high-priced waxes. It puts us on equal footing as far as waxing goes."

When temperatures get in the teens, 20s and 30s, the type of wax can make a difference. But as the temperatures drop to where they were Thursday, the moisture gets sucked out of the snow and wax doesn't make as big of a difference.

 

Soldotna's Tess Caswell heads out on the trails of Birch Hill Recreation Area, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, in Fairbanks, Alaska, during the ASAA state freestyle ski championships. ()

AP Photo/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, John Hagen

"There's a tiny bit of difference -- a real minuscule difference," Bakk said. "But regardless of all the things that go into it, it's the motor on top of the skis that does the job."

Hall, Region III's top male skier, had that motor running Thursday. He said a last-minute ski change may have given him a little bit of a faster ride, but everybody was dealing with the same conditions.

"It was a little cold, but you kind of have to put that behind you," Hall said. "I tried to focus on the fact that everybody had the same waxing conditions."

Hall also was out of first place after the first day of freestyle at the Region III meet. After that race, he said he was confident he could still win the next day.

Hall has that same confidence heading into Friday's 7.5-kilometer classical race in Fairbanks. If Hall can catch Singleton, and hold off runner-up Brent Lowen of Dimond, he will take the state Skimeister award.

"It's going to be kind of hit-and-miss, but anything's possible," Hall said.

The Soldotna boys team also had a solid day Thursday, finishing fourth in the team standings. The Stars were about seven minutes behind leader West High of Anchorage.

Brent Knight paced the Stars with a seventh-place finish, with Daniel Harro (16th) and David Hernandez (23rd) also in the top 25.

Also from the peninsula on the boys side, Kenai is in 10th, Homer is in 11th, Skyview is in 12th and Seward is in 14th.

On the girls side, Homer senior Syverine Abrahamson paced the peninsula with a sixth-place finish in the girls 7.5-kilometer freestyle. Abrahamson was about 1:18 behind winner Paige Brady of Service.

Others in the top 25 from the peninsula were Homer's Aleta Phelps (12th), Skyview's Jamie Miller (19th) and Soldotna's Rachel Goldstein (20th).

Service is dominating the girls team race. The Cougars had five skiers in the top eight Thursday.

From the peninsula, Skyview is in sixth, Homer is in seventh, Kenai is in eighth, Soldotna is in 11th and Seward is in 17th.

State Ski Meet

Thursday

at Birch Hill Recreation Area

GIRLS

Team times: 1. Service, 1 hour, 48 minutes, 11.43 seconds; 2. East, 1:56:32.64; 3. West, 2:01:59.90; 4. West Valley, 2:02:49.93; 5. Chugiak, 2:03:58.62; 6. Skyview, 2:04:54.92; 7. Homer, 2:06:03.81; 8. Kenai, 2:08:15.98; 9. Lathrop, 2:08:34.30; 10. Dimond, 2:11:22.68; 11. Soldotna, 2:11:31.49; 12. Grace Christian, 2:16:51.49; 13. Bartlett, 2:18:07.11; 14. Susitna Valley, 2:20:04.94; 15. Palmer, 2:22:45.67; 16. Colony, 2:26:33.77; 17. Seward, 2:30:30.86; 18. Wasilla, 2:34:10.68.

Individual 7.5-kilometer freestyle

1. Paige Brady, Ser, 26:15; 2. Kasandra Rice, Ser, 26:24; 3. Davya Baker, WV, 27:19; 4. Amanda Brassfield, Ser, 27:23; 5. Syverine Abrahamson, Hom, 27:33; 6. Sarah Johnson, Eas, 27:36; 7. Katie Ronsse, Ser, 28:08; 8. Justin Calvin, Ser, 28:39; 9. Elizabeth Quinley, Eas, 28:45; 10. Renae Moore, SuV, 29:17; 11. Emma Lohr, Wes, 29:21; 12. Aleta Phelps, Hom, 29:37; 13. Sarah Quimby, 29:38; 14. Grethe Denkewalter, Wes, 29:45; 15. Jenna DeYong, Gra, 29:48; 16. Tamara Kornfield, Eas, 30:03.3; 17. Arianne Massengale, Eas, 30:07; 18. Ashley Helmers, WV, 30:30; 19. Jamie Miller, Sky, 30:31; 20. Rachel Goldstein, Sol, 30:41; 21. Emelie Kull, Wes, 30:51; 22. Krynn Finstad, Lat, 30:52; 23. Terra Rentz, Chu, 30:52; 24. Jenn Lessard, Chu, 30:53; 25. Brita Mjos, Eas, 30:53.

Other peninsula finishers

26. Stephanie Lambe, Sky, 30:59; 27. Lela Wiley, Sky, 31:15; 29. Natalie Semmens, Ken, 31:16; 30. Mary Krusen, Ken, 31:29; 32. Synneva Hagen-Lillevik, Ken, 31:50; 33. Marion Glaser, Sew, 31:59; 37. Elisha Tarries, Sky, 32:08; 39. Marci Mohler, Sky, 32:22; 47. Miriah Phelps, Hom, 33:07; 48. Jenny Smola, Sol, 33:13; 52. Heidi Keller, Sol, 33:26; 58. Katie Burck, Ken, 33:39; 61. Sierra Williams, Sol, 34:09; 66. Kelly Houghton, Sew, 34:23; 68. Jessica Ralston, Nik, 34:55; 71. Roxanna Wilcox, Ken, 35:25; 73. Heather Strutz, Hom, 35:45; 76. Tess Caswell, Sol, 36:16; 79. Aurora Zinck, Nik, 36:59; 82. Sarah Boone, Hom, 37:41; 89. Shannon Hohl, Sew, 40:56; 92. Heather Apperson, Sew, 43:11; 94. Sara Stoltz, Sew, 45:08; 95. Jenny Miller, Nik, 45:34.

Team times: 1. West, 2:05:02.8; 2. Service, 2:08:37.9; 3. West Valley, 2:10:53.7; 4. Soldotna, 2:12:06.0; 5. East, 2:12:08.6; 6. Chugiak, 2:12:52.3; 7. Lathrop, 2:13:14.7; 8. Colony, 2:13:56.2; 9. Dimond, 2:18:54.0; 10. Kenai, 2:24:46.9; 11. Homer, 2:25:46.4; 12. Skyview, 2:26:39.1; 13. Bartlett, 2:35:43.6; 14. Seward, 2:40:08.2; 15. Palmer, 2:42:58.3; 16. Wasilla, 2:43:13.1; 17. Grace Christian, 2:59:41.4.

Individual 10-kilometer freestyle results

1. Justin Singleton, Chu, 29:35; 2. Brent Lowen, Dim, 30:04; 3. Zack Hall, Nik, 30:08; 4. Matthew Johnson, Ser, 30:25; 5. Donovan Walsh, Wes, 30:27; 6. Tyson Flaharty, WV, 30:32; 7. Brent Knight, Sol, 31:10; 8. Samuli Nevanpera, Wes, 31:18; 9. Bart Dengel, Val, 31:32; 10. Dylan Watts, Wes, 31:36; 11. Ross Wise, Col, 31:39; 12. Ryan Holtan, Wes, 31:40; 13. Paul Schauer, Lat, 31:42; 14. Mike Hinckley, Ser, 31:44; 15. Brett Broda, Lat, 31:50; 16. Daniel Harro, Sol, 32:03; 17. Dan Clark, Eas, 32:04; 18. Sam Back, Wes, 32:06; 19. Espen Haugen, Eas, 32:09; 20. Loren Schmidt, Lat, 32:12; 21. Daichi Ito, Ser, 32:33; 22. Jeff Wagner, Col, 32:36; 23. David Hernandez, Sol, 33:06; 24. Nate Berry, Chu, 33:06; 25. Zach Via, WV, 33:16.

Other peninsula finishers

29. Jordan Engel, Ken, 33:37; 30. Andrew Peters, Hom, 33:46; 35. Damian Anderson, Sky, 34:12; 41. Eric Nyce, Ken, 35:13; 42. Noah King, Sky, 35:20; 45. Ryan Walton, Sol, 35:46; 46. Mark Harro, Sol, 35:48; 50. Michael Farrens, 36:33; 53. Travis Kauffman, Hom, 36:50; 55. Brian Osborne, Sew, 37:25; 58. Sid Cox, Sky, 37:50; 59. Andy Banas, Ken, 37:56; 60. Tyler Boyd, Ken, 37:59; 62. Brandon Moffett, Hom, 38:35; 65. Kyle Dudley, Sky, 39:15; 67. Brian Hack, Nik, 39:53; 68. Forrest West, Sky, 39:54; 69. Nick Swann, Sew, 40:01; 70. Travis Hines, Hom, 40:07; 73. Leif Bardarson, Sew, 41:03; 74. Matt Adams, Sew, 41:37; 80. Nick Chapman, Sew, 43:49; 83. Levi Lounsbury, Nik, 44:51.



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