Different day, different distance and different technique, but the results were the same. CXC Elite teammates Caitlin Compton and Garrott Kuzzy won the 10/15km classic mass start events on the second day of the SuperTour Mayor’s Cup.
The duo also took top honors in Saturday’s 5/10km freestyle race.
Compton skied to a solid 20 second victory over UAF’s Raphaela Sieber in the women’s race. The weekend was also a CCSA collegiate event and midwest junior olympic qualifier.
Maria Stuber (CXC Elite), second to Compton on Saturday, rounded out the podium, eight seconds behind Sieber.
The 25-year-old Sieber, a native of Germany, won the college race while improving upon her third place in the 5k.
The college women made up a significant portion of the field, and packed the top of the results sheet.
Christina Turman (NMU) placed fourth overall and second in the college race, and another UAF skier, Theresia Schnurr rounded out the podium with a sixth in the overall
Kristina Owen placed fifth on the day and after that it was all about the collegiate skiers – they took the next 12 spots.
Kailey Mucha, an OJ from the UNiversity of Wisonconsin Green Bay was the top junior finisher in 9th overall. Sharmilla Ahmed took honors as the first J1, crossing the line in an impressive 19th overall, less than a minute out of the top-10.
Kuzzy Best Again
Garrott Kuzzy bested Steinbock Racing’s Chris Cook by eight seconds in the men’s 15km event. Cook won a hard fought sprint to the line, just edging Kuzzy’s CXC teammate, Karl Nygren.
The fight for second came down to final meters with five skiers in contention. Just 1.8 seconds separated second and sixth places.
CXC men again dominated the top of the results sheet. In addition to Kuzzy and Nygren, Bryan Cook was fourth, Santi Ocariz sixth and Matt Liebsh seventh.
Mike Sinnott (SVSEF) placed fifth.
Northern Michigan UNiversity teammates Martin Banerud and Andy Liebner placed eight and ninth respectively, and took the top two spots in the CCSA collegiate race. John Parry (UAF), 10th overall, was the third college skier.
Edward Gurny (UWGB) was the first junior across the line in 25th and Benjamin Saxton in 28th led the J1 category.
SuperTour racing continues next weekend with the Midwest Grand Prix in Houghton, MI.
Two days of racing include a classic sprint qualifier, a 5/a0km classic, and 10/15km freestyle mass start.
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Topher Sabot is the editor of FasterSkier.