Race Rundown: Ketterson and Ogden Win SuperTour Classic Sprint in Lake Placid

Rachel PerkinsJanuary 29, 2022

Here’s a quick results recap from today’s SuperTour classic sprint in Lake Placid, NY. Stay tuned tomorrow for detailed coverage including comments from athletes. 

Period III of SuperTour racing kicked off in Lake Placid this morning with a frigid classic sprint. Recent improvements at Mt Hoevenberg included a new 5-kilometer World Cup and 1.5k sprint course, where athletes faced off today.

On the men’s race, Zak Ketterson (Team Birkie) skied the fastest time in the men’s qualifier, stopping the clock at 3:04.79. Sun Valley’s Peter Holmes skied the next fastest time in qualification (+0.72), while Étienne Hébert (CNEPH) was just behind in third (+1.41).

The men’s SuperTour classic sprint podium on a frigid day of racing at Mt Van Hoevenberg near Lake Placid, NY. (Photo: © 2022 Nancie Battaglia)

In a tightly spread final, Ketterson found the advantage to take the win in 3:04.71. The second and third podium spots were decided by a boot slide, which included the fourth place skier who just missed the mark. These men were Holmes (+0.72) in second, with Bill Harmeyer (SMS T2) in third (+0.92), and Hébert in fourth (+0.98). Logan Diekman (BSF Pro) skied to fifth in the men’s final, with (+5.81), with Julien Locke (Black Jack Ski Club) in sixth (+9.11).

Following her dominant performance in the most recent SuperTour classic sprint, Katharine Ogden (USST/SMS T2) swept the women’s race. Ogden was the top qualifier in 3:40.49, with Lauren Jortberg in second (+2.13) and U18 racer Ava Thurston (Mansfield Nordic Club) in third (+6.04). 

Ogden won her way through the rounds, taking the first quarterfinal and semi by narrow margins before smashing the final round to win by over three seconds in 3:40.13. Becca Rorabaugh (APU) was second in the women’s final (+3.40), with Alayna Sonnesyn (SMS T2) in third (+4.29), just ahead of Rosie Frankowski (APU) in fourth (+4.74). Jortberg was fifth in the final (+5.63), with BSF teammate Erika Flowers in sixth (+17.77).

The women’s classic sprint podium on day one of SuperTour racing in Lake Placid, NY. (Photo: © 2022 Nancie Battaglia)


Qualification: Men | Women

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Rachel Perkins

Rachel is an endurance sport enthusiast based in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado. You can find her cruising around on skinny skis, running in the mountains with her pup, or chasing her toddler (born Oct. 2018). Instagram: @bachrunner4646

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