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12/15/07 – TD Banknorth TAMC Eastern Cup Opener – Skate Sprint, Presque Isle, ME
Competitors from all over the eastern United States at today’s TD Banknorth Eastern Cup Freestyle Sprint Opener enjoyed perfect snow, sunshine, and cold temperatures at the Nordic Heritage Center.
Cross country sprint racing begins with a morning qualifying round and concludes with an afternoon of head-to-head heat racing in tournament format until a winner is determined.
Stratton Mountain School’s Sophie Caldwell cruised to the fastest qualifying time for women, covering the 1 kilometer course in 2:45.92, just over half a second faster than Maine Winter Sports Center’s Bethann Chamberlain. In the men’s qualifying round, it was Green Mountain Valley School’s Doug Debold who set the pace in 2:19.86 over Williams College’s Caleb Lucy.
Qualifying held true in the the afternoon Women’s Final with the A-final featuring the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th ranked qualifiers. Sophie Caldwell edged Maine Winter Sports Center’s Hilary McNamee and Stratton teammate Megan Killigrew for the victory. Maine Winter Sports Center’s Bethann Chamberlain was 4th.
Men’s Final Doug Debold stayed on top, out-skiing the 8th, 15th and 7th ranked qualifiers Chase Marston (Stratton), Matt Delaney (Clarkson), and Ethan Dreissigacker (Craftsbury).
12/16/07 – TD Banknorth TAMC Eastern Cup Opener – 5/10km Classic – Presque Isle, ME
With early start times to beat an approaching snowstorm, skiers in today's TD Banknorth TAMC Eastern Cup Opener once again enjoyed world-class trails, plenty of snow, and exciting racing in five and ten kilometer classic technique races.
The first races of the morning featured the 14 and 15 year-old J2 age group and podiums were dominated by athletes from Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS) and Stratton Mountain School (SMS). In the girls race.Gage Fichter and Isabel Caldwell from SMS took first and second with Kristin Halvorsen from GMVS taking the final podium spot. GMVS nabbed the win in the J2 Boys race with David Sinclair cruising to a 26-second victory over Bridger Tyler from SMS. Stratton's Austin Cobb completed the podium.
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Women's dual winner Sophie Caldwell (Photo Credit: Kris Dobie)
12/15/07 – Bolton Opener – 5km Skate – Bolton Valley, VT
There was a good turnout to the Bolton Season Opener on the cold and clear Saturday morning. The temperature started at -4 and was up to 2 degrees by race time. Eric Tremble was the men's overall winner and Ilke Van Genechten (Madshus) was the women's overall winner.
12/15-16/07 – Michigan Tech Christmas Classic – 5/10km Skate, 10/15km Classic – Houghton, MI
Three top Midwestern skiers dominated the 2007 Christmas Classic races held December 15-16 at the Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center in Houghton, Michigan.
Bryan Cook, an alumnus of Northern Michigan University's ski squad, won both men's events, taking the 10 km freestyle on a sunny and cold December 15, then capturing the 15 km classic title on Sunday in blowing snow conditions.
In the women's competition, Caitlin Compton, skiing for Wisconsin-based Team CXC, captured the 5 km freestyle title. Compton is also skiing for the U.S. Biathlon squad this season. Another Northern Michigan alum and former Olympian, Lindsey Weier Dehlin, took the 10 km classic title.
The races were a tune-up on the courses to be used at the U.S. Cross Country Championships, which will take place January 1-6, 2008, in Houghton.
Cook ran away with the freestyle title, posting a 53 second lead over second place Karl Walczak, an alumnus of Michigan Tech's ski program. Santiago Ocariz, from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay was third.
In the classic race, Cook scored a 14-second victory over former teammate Phil Violett of Northern Michigan. Michigan Tech's Jesse Lang finished third, 1:17 behind the leader.
Compton also scored a big win in the freestyle, with a 1:03 lead over second place Maria Stuber and 1:06 over third place Morgan Smyth, both skiing for Northern. Weier Dehlin won the classic race by 12 seconds over Smyth. Michigan Tech's Laura Dewitt was third, 24 seconds back.
The race was a four-way collegiate competition, with teams from St. Scholastica, Northern Michigan and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay joining hosts Michigan Tech. There was also a Junior Olympic qualifier for the Great Lakes Division.
12/16/07 – Colorado Cup – 2007 Gold Run Classic