Mucha nabs 18th place: Peninsula skiers forced to adjust to Fairbanks snow

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011

Soldotna's Bree Mucha led the Kenai Peninsula on the first day of the state ski meet by finishing 18th in the girls five-kilometer classic race Thursday at Birch Hill Recreation Area in Fairbanks.

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Skyview's Tamlyn Silva glides along the five-kilometer course during the state ski meet interval start classic technique race Thursday afternoon at the Birch Hill Recreation Area.

The meet continues in Fairbanks today with freestyle mass start races and Saturday with relay races.

Kenai Central coach D'Anna Gibson said the snow conditions may have thrown the Peninsula skiers off a little bit.

The skiers caught a break when the notoriously cold temperatures of Fairbanks bumped up to 17 degrees for the race. Just because the air temperature is up does not mean the snow temperature is up, though. Gibson said the snow was measured at 1 degree.

"Two nights ago, it got down to 25 below," Gibson said. "The snow got cold, and when it's that cold it doesn't glide like we're used to on the Peninsula. It's like skiing on Styrofoam."

Gibson said skiing on snow like that will take a mental and physical adjustment. There is no waxing that can get around the problem.

"Other schools were waxed the same as us," she said.

Hannah Boyer won the girls race at 17 minutes, 30.8 seconds. Mucha finished at 18:57, while SoHi's Maranda Merkes was 30th at 20:00 and D.Anne Martin was 37th at 20:17. With Kristin Hynne also taking 65th, the Stars are in ninth place in the team standings after the first day.

South Anchorage leads the race for the team crown by 23 seconds over Chugiak.

Michelle Klaben led Kenai by finishing 45th. The Kardinals sit in 14th in the team standings. Tamlyn Silva paced Skyview by finishing 69th to put Skyview in 15th, while Marie Schmidt was 75th for Homer, which is in 16th place. MacKenzie Barnwell finished 52nd for Seward.

For the boys, SoHi's Luke Michael finished 32nd to lead the Peninsula in the 7.5-kilometer classic. Lathrop's Logan Hanneman won the boys race at 22:55, while Michael crossed at 26:56. The SoHi boys are in 14th.

Parker Sorensen finished 33rd to lead Homer. The Mariners also got a 44th from Andre Lovett and a 46th from Brian Rowe to lead the Peninsula with a ninth-place finish on day one.

James Watkins was 42nd to help Kenai to 15th, while Brayden Holt was 53rd to help Skyview to 17th.

Gibson said continued warm temperatures in Fairbanks could turn the snow into something more familiar to Peninsula skiers. However, talk of about 6 inches of overnight snow in Fairbanks could make things slow for everybody.

"For everyone, it's a very tough course for tomorrow, especially the boys," Gibson said. "They have a hellacious climb tomorrow."

Thursday

BOYS

Team standings: 1. Service, 1:36:50; 2. Chugiak, 1:39:07; 3. South 1:40:26; 4. Lathrop, 1:42:00; 5. West Valley, 1:44:40; 6. West Anchorage, 1:48:35; 7. Palmer, 1:49:04; 8. East, 1:49:12; 9. Homer, 1:51:38; 10. Grace, 1:52:53; 11. Dimond, 1:52:54; 12. Eagle River, 1:53:00; 13. Colony, 1:54:26; 14. Soldotna, 1:54:43; 15. Kenai Central, 1:56:24; 16. Wasilla, 1:56:30; 17. Skyview, 1:58:01; 18. Valdez, 2:01:19; 19. Bartlett, 2:02:13; 20. North Pole, 2:24:35.

7.5-kilometer classic

1. Logan Hanneman, Lat, 22:55; 2. Silas Talbot, Ser, 23:26; 3. Isaac Lammers, Chu, 24:11; 4. Peter Mamrol, Ser, 24:12; 5. Vanya Rybkin, WV, 24:15; 6. Jack Novak, Sou, 24:21; 7. Austin Hess, Ser, 24:31; 8. Jani Lane, Ser, 24:39; 9. Kenneth Brewer, Chu, 24:42; 10. Kyle Barnhart, Ser, 24:44.

Peninsula finishers

32. Luke Michael, Sol, 26:56; 33. Parker Sorensen, Hom, 27:02; 42. James Watkins, Ken, 27:34; 44. Andre Lovett, Hom, 27:47; 46. Brian Rowe, Hom, 27:50; 53. Brayden Holt, Sky, 28:18; 55. Evan Atchley, Ken, 28:20; 58. IntiMayo Harbison, Sol, 28:27; 60. Kade Cooper, Sky, 28:32; 65. Dillon Jensen, Sol, 28:55; 67. Kevin Rowe, Hom, 28:57; 84. Tyler Cooper, Ken, 29:45; 86. Kyle Wentz, Hom, 29:52; 91. Joseph Rife, Sol, 30:24; 92. Sam Werthmuller, Sky, 30:3; 93. Colton Diehl, Sol, 30:35; 94. Leif Danielson, Sky, 30:37; 96. Joe Bressler, Ken, 30:44; 97. Dan Adickes, Hom, 30:46; 98. Joey Bishop, Sky, 31:01; 99. Austin Gillespie, Sew, 31:05; 100. Fox Michaud, Ken, 31:13; 103. Ben Gilman, Ken, 31:33; 104. Olen Danielson, Sky, 31:36; 105. Brett Chase, Sew, 31:44; 111. Ehren Rickman, Sol, 33:14.

GIRLS

Team standings: 1. South Anchorage, 1:13:51.3; 2. Chugiak, 1:14:09; 3. Service, 1:15:41.7; 4. West Valley, 1:15:49.6; 5. Dimond, 1:17:07.6; 6. Lathrop, 1:18:02.5; 7. West Anchorage, 1:18:58.4; 8. East Anchorage, 1:20:49.4; 9. Soldotna, 1:21:27.6; 10. Grace Christian, 1:24:43:0; 11. Eagle River, 1:25:04.2; 12. Colony, 1:28:19.3; 13. Palmer, 1:28:19.8; 14. Kenai Central, 1:29:00.2; 15. Skyview, 1:31:57.0; 16. Homer, 1:34:30.4; 17. Bartlett, 1:39:41.9.

Five-kilometer classic

1. Hannah Boyer, Wes, 17:30.8; 2. Marion Woods, Dim, 17:54.7; 3. Megan Edic, Lat, 18:10.7; 4. Kryston McPhetres, Chu, 18:14.2; 5. Kinsey Loan, Chu, 18:14.7; 6. Eliza Rorabaugh, Wes, 18:18.2; 7. Ceila Haering, Wes, 18:18.7; 8. Teagan Yutrzenka, Sou, 18:20.8; 9. Mackenzie Kanady, Ser, 18:23.0; 10. Stephanie Kirk, Sou, 18:26.7.

Peninsula finishers

18. Bree Mucha, Sol, 18:57.8; 30. Maranda Merkes, Sol, 20:00.3; 37. D.Anne Martin, Sol, 20:17.6; 45. Michelle Klaben, Ken, 20:59.8; 52. MacKenzie Barnwell, Sew, 21:21.4; 61. Taylor Ostrander, Ken, 21:56.3; 65. Krstin Hynne, Sol, 22:11.9; 69. Tamlyn Silva, Sky, 22:34.0; 73. Catherine Wolk, Sky, 22:55.0; 75. Marie Schmidt, Hom, 22:56.4; 76. Olivia Pfeifer, Ken, 22:57.0; 79. Alaine Miller, Hom, 23:05.4; 81. Olivia Fair, Ken, 23:07.6; 82. Chelsea Winter, Sky, 23:07.8; 86. Elisha Hollers, Sky, 23:20.2; 88. Jordann Nelson, Sol, 23:44.8; 89. Mady Gerard, Hom, 23:50.7; 92. Eve Ferguson, Ken, 24:03.9; 96. Maren Pfenning, Sol, 24:33.5; 98. Cassidy Soistman, Hom, 24:37.9; 100. Vanessa Anderson, Ken, 24:54.0; 101. Emily Schmidt, Hom, 26:32.7; 104. Brittany Hollers, Sky, 26:32.7; 105. Katie Clonan, Sky, 26:39.5; 107. Katie Schmidt, Hom, 26:56.1.



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