As I write this week’s MAST Update, many of you are busy working at the Great Harvest Bread Company Fundraiser. Your efforts set a record for Baker of the Day pre-sales. Congratulations and thank you. And thank you to Steve and Gail Arnold. What an amazing event. I can only imagine that the sweet smell of bread and cookies is somehow more pleasing than the eye-watering-nostril-stinging smells of our first fundraiser back on Labor Day. See, if you start the year cleaning a goat barn, everything else that follows is awesome.
I. Week Ten Calendar
Monday, January 14 Hyland Training,Varsity/JV, Lanes 1,2, 3; 6:30-8:45PM, Meet on South Chair at 6:30PM
Tuesday, January 15 Hyland Training, Varsity/JV, Lanes 3, 4
Thursday, January 17 Dual Meet vs Wayzata, Lake Crystal, AHA
3:30PM Inspection Opens
4:30PM First Run Start Time
Friday, January 18 Hyland JV Race
3:30PM Inspection Opens
4:30PM First Run Start Time
Friday, January 18 Hyland Training, Varsity/JV, Lanes 7 and 8, 5:00-7:30PM
Saturday, January 19 Hyland Training, Varsity/JV, Lanes A, B, C, 7:45-10:30AM
Saturday, January 19 Supplemental Training at Wild Mt or Welch, Varsity/JV, 2:45-10:30PM
II. Saturday, January 19, Supplemental Training at Welch Village or Wild Mt
We are holding a supplemental training session at either Welch Village or Wild Mt on Saturday. I will let you know which venue we will be using as soon as I know. Either way, the price is the same. You can sign up here: January 19th Supplemental Training Registration.
III. State Your Race Intentions
Thank you to all of you who have been stating your race day intentions. This REALLY helps me create an accurate run order for our races and makes races run much more efficiently.
I understand that it may be hard to remember whether you have stated your race intentions for a particular date. So, I collected all the remaining race intentions into one spreadsheet for your easy viewing... just because that is the kind of guy I am. Please take a look at this document provided via email to see under which races your name appears and does not appear. If your name does not appear under a particular race, please state your race intentions for that race. If you are a top 8 Varsity athlete for your school, you do not need to state your intentions for Hyland JV races. I already know you are not racing.
Also, we need to know your Race Intentions by the published deadline.
January 17th Hyland Dual Meet Sign Up Deadline: Monday, January 14th, 9PM
January 18th Hyland JV Race Sign Up Deadline: Monday, January 14th, 9PM
January 24th Spirit Mt Invitational Race Sign Up Deadline: Friday, January 18th, 9PM
January 25th Afton Invitational Race Sign Up Deadline: Friday, January 18th, 9PM
January 31st Welch Dual Meet Sign Up Deadline: Monday, January 28th, 9PM
February 1st Hyland JV Race Sign Up Deadline: Monday, January 28th, 9PM
IV. Race Workers Needed
MAST is hosting the January 17th dual meet at Hyland. Once again, we need supply the bulk of race workers for this event. Gate Judges, Course Workers, Race Announcers, Scoreboard Recorders, Bib Collectors, and Fans. Here is a link to sign up to work the Jan 17th race at Hyland. Given how cold it was at race time last week, I would like to double up on gate judges this week, for a total of eight gate judges. If we can get eight gate judges, then each person only needs to stand on the hill in the cold for one run.
Jan 17 Hyland Dual Meet Race Worker Sign UP
For the JV race at Hyland on Friday, Jan 18 we need four gate judges... if we get four, then each gate judge only needs to judge one race run. Please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can gate judge on Friday, Jan. 18th. The gate judges meeting will be held at 4:10 in the finish arena.
V. Welch Village Release of Liability Waivers
Reminder: If you plan to train (January 19th) or race (January 31) at Welch Village, athletes/parents need to complete and sign TWO release of liability waivers. Thank you to all of you who have already done this. If you still need to complete these waivers, here are the links:
Welch Village Day Ticket Release
Welch Village Race Release
VI. Race Results
Last Friday, 36 athletes attended the Welch Invitational while 63 athletes competed in the Hyland JV race. I want to thank all the coaches and parents who made it possible for us to split our attention in two directions for the day and evening and the dark of night.
We had a long but successful day at Welch. The conditions were very difficult—steep pitch, tight course sets, and polished ice. I am so proud of our skiers. They came to the race with sharp edges that could hold on the ice. They took the free skiing warm up session very seriously in the morning. They employed the correct tactics to ski the tightly set turns with maximum speed. And they maintained their focus when the race went four hours longer than originally scheduled. We had some very strong results.
The Southwest girls placed second in the team event and the Washburn boys placed third. Each team took home a very large trophy for its school’s trophy case. Individually, we had some excellent results as well. Rachel Tanner placed third overall in a field of 130 girls and Ahnika Berg finished seventh. Addie Streble skied well to finish in 14th position and Anna Smalley and Avery Taylor put down fast runs to finish in 29th and 31st respectively. Three boys finished in the top ten: Luke Conway (2nd), Logan Griggs (5th), and Ryan Arnold (10th). Ryan had a breakout performance Friday. He has been skiing extremely at practice but struggling to bring that same level of skiing into a race. On Friday, Ryan raced like he trains and his top ten finish was his reward for his persistence. Congratulations Ryan. Everyone needs to know that as you improve in training, you might struggle for a period to ski just as well in a race setting. This is normal. Like Ryan, you need to stay the course (yes, a terrific pun) and good things will happen eventually on race day. Zach Bion finished twelfth on two runs that included not one but multiple acrobatic recoveries on each. Great effort and determination Zach. Alexander Heath and Isaac Trockman finished in the top twenty-five. Very strong results for both skiers.
In the Hyland JV race on Friday, our skiers performed very well. Eight boys finished in the top 21: Henry Moore (2nd), Calvin Lamosse (4th), Emmet Sutton (6th), Lucas Casperson (9th), Jackson George (13th), Kai Lamb (17th), Andreas Drekonja (18th) and Lewie Bent (21st). Great skiing boys. Chloe Cumming (6th) and Elle Miller (13th) were our top finishers on the girls’ side. Well done Chloe and Elle. You will see from the results that Minnetonka stacked a lot of girls in the top ten. Don’t let that discourage you. Many of those girls have years of racing experience under their legs. Keep working hard and you will all close the gap.
That’s all for now… . See you at 6:30PM tomorrow on the South Chair.