Good Evening Race Fans:
We had a beautiful bluebird night at Welch tonight. No wind. Temps cool, but not nostril freezing. Awesome snow conditions. We had a full race crew of volunteers and coaches. I want to say thank you to everyone who drove an athlete, judge a gate passage, slipped a course, shot pictures an video, collected bibs, rolled fencing, coached, cheered and gave support in some form or fashion to our athletes. One highlight for me: after the race I was talking with the Welch race director Brianna and way on top of the hill are our athletes making one last slip run in the flying v formation. That hill looked great when you got done with it and your efforts generated a big compliment from Brianna as you wedged on by us. Thank you for the extra effort to be good citizens after the race. You make me so proud.
Back to the race. A big win from Oliver Mueller. Congratulations Oliver. The next seven finishers were MAST skiers: Erik Arnold, Andreas Drekonja, Charlie Smith, Jaxson Moore, Owen Hemer, Eli Showalter-Loch, and Callum White. Terrific skiing boys. Washburn earned 3 victories including a slim one by three points over SW.
Quinn Jurek skied another fast race, finishing second overall. She did post the fastest time by a half a second on the more technically challenging second run course set by yours truly. Gabby and Kate finished third and fourth to give us three in the top four. MAST girls then took 7th through 13th place: Meghan Abel, Nahlah Mkaouri, Elli George, Anne McConville, Chloe Bitney, Elizabeth Arbeiter and Reese Kuehn. Well done girls. A special shout out to Ingrid Hartzell who continues to impress with her gutsy skiing and increasingly strong angles. Ingid finished in 15th position. The Washburn girls earned three victories over SW, Mahtomedi and MAST. Congratulations Washburn.
I was very impressed at how well all of you skied, even those of you who were disqualified or did not finish. You skied aggressively. Your tactics were very good. And your technical skills were really strong. You are all progressing just as you should be. Keep working hard. We have exactly three weeks to the Section Championships and four weeks to the State Championship. Make the most of training. It is cold out but that is awesome because it is keeping the crowds away. You are getting more runs.