Thanks to Heather Sullivan for the great photos!
The 4th of 5 Wasatch Citizen Series races took place Saturday at Soldier Hollow. It was a fantastic day with 44 Team Soldier Hollow racers! A new record!!!
It was a biggest and most competitive field yet this season with 293 racers! Despite the stiff competition we still had a few Team Soldier Hollow podiums. In the U14 boys Mason Heimburger finished 3rd. Daniel Villani won the U14 Adaptive category. The u10 boys featured the only Team Soldier Hollow sweep of the day with Phillip Radu, Easton Boyer, and Isaac Sullivan finishing 1,2,3. In the U8 boys category Martin Radu and Jasper Jewkes finished 2nd and 3rd. On the girls side, Lina Farra finished 1st in the U14 girls and Montana Leonard defender her winning streak in the U8 girls.
You can find full race results HERE.
While the Devo and Youth League skiers were tearing it up at SoHo this weekend the Comp Team was in West Yellowstone for the first of three weekends of Junior National qualification races. Unfortunately, we have had quite a bit of sickness leading up to the races but everyone still came and skied their hearts out!
Saturday’s race was an individual start 5km skate race. Fischer notched the top spot for Team Soldier Hollow with a 7th place in the U18 boys. Other top 20 finishes included Felix 16th and Spencer 19th in the U16 boys, Addison and Morgan finished 16th and 19th in the U16 girls. In the U18 girls Ingrid also finished 16th. Full results from the skate race HERE.
Sunday the races switched to the classic technique. The U16 age skiers completed a 5km course and the U18 skiers did two laps for 10km. The U16 boys started the day with Xander finishing 14th despite taking a wrong turn. In the U16 girls, Morgan improved to finish 16th. Ingrid battled through a tough day to finish 17th in the U18 girls. Fischer again led Team Soldier Hollow with a consistent 7th place in the U18 boys. You can find full results from the classic race HERE.
The next JN qualifier races are Jan 30 and 31 at Soldier Hollow. Stay tuned!
By a Team SoHo Athlete Contributor
On a bright and sunny Saturday at Soldier Hollow, racers met to compete at yet another Wasatch Citizen Series Race. The original race was scheduled to be at Mountain Dell Golf Course between Salt Lake and Park City, but was moved to Soldier Hollow due to snow conditions. The week was unusually warm, repeatedly reaching the 40◦ mark, and melted the majority of the snow at Mountain Dell, but did not melt the man-made snow at Soldier Hollow.
The race was a classic distance race, the farthest distance being 10K (6.2 miles), with shorter distances for younger skiers and novice skiers. These races would introduce new leaders, as the majority of the skiers who usually attend were gone to the Junior National Qualifier race in West Yellowstone, Montana.
The earliest of the races was the U12 (under 12) category, boys first then girls, on a challenging 2K course. Reed Chamberlain (Soho) took the lead by almost 1.5 minutes, followed by Kenyon Bethke (Soho) and Drew Sullivan (Soho) right behind, the first podium sweep by Soho of the day. “The race went really well, the wax was good, and the course was fun,” said Reed Chamberlain. In the U12 girls race Grace Ping (TUNA) took the win, followed Sophia Burkemo (Soho) and then Sara Livingstone (Soho). These racers were followed by the sit skiers, who demonstrated an amazing level of fitness as they raced without the aid of their legs. They were followed by the open category, which was everyone ages 18-44.
The racers were organized by age groups after the race. The open category was followed by the U14 and the U16 racers (ages 12-13 and ages 14-15). U14 races 3K, and the U16 racers race 5K. In the U14 boys, Logan Chamberlain (Soho) took his first ever Citizen Series win, followed closely by Mason Heimburger (Soho) who was only 5 seconds back. They were followed Joshua Livingstone (Soho) for the second podium sweep by Soldier Hollow of the day. “Mason and I were right on each other the entire race, and it really only came down to the last hill. Great race,” said Logan Chamberlain.
In the U10 and U8 boys categories, Team Soldier Hollow swept both podiums! In the U10 race, Phillip Radu, Kaleb Schaffer, and Maddux Leonard took spots 1-3. In the U8 competition, Finnian Schaffer, Martin Radu, and John McGinn added yet another 1,2,3 podium sweep!
On the girls side, Montanna Leonard finished 1st in the U8 category to make it two wins in a row!
Overall, it was a great day of racing at Soldier Hollow! Next weekend is the 4th of 5 Wasatch Citizen Series races and is a Freestyle (most people skate) race at Soldier Hollow. You can pre-register online at www.utahnordic.com.
It's a big weekend of racing coming up for Team Soldier Hollow! The Comp Team is traveling to West Yellowstone for the first weekend of Junior National Qualifier races and back at home Wasatch Citizen Series #3 has been moved to Soldier Hollow. This is a classic technique race. Skiers of all ages and speeds are encouraged to attend!
Wasatch Citizen Series Info for January 17th:
Classic Technique Race (no skating). 10:00am Start at Soldier Hollow
Age Groups and Distances:
U8 & U10 - 1km
U12 - 2km
U14 - 3km
U16 and Novice - 5km
All other categories see www.utahnordic.com for details.
Registration - Youth skiers are $10 and can register day of race between 8:30 -9:30am
Youth Ski League and Charter School skiers may borrow rental equipment from the lodge for the race!
The second of five Wasatch Citizen Series races took place at White Pine Nordic Center on Saturday. This weekend’s race was freestyle technique, meaning most skiers chose to skate ski but all skiers are allowed to classic if they prefer.
It was another good weekend for Team Soldier Hollow with 8 podium finishes. U18 skiers Fischer Heimburger and Ingrid Norton both finished 2nd in the men’s and women’s 10km races. Xander Burkemo also finished 2nd in the U16 boys 5km race.
The Chamberlain brothers both squeaked onto the podium in their categories with Logan Chamberlain finishing 3rd in the U14 boys 3km race and Reed Chamberlain finishing 3rd in the U12 boys 2km race.
Maddux Leonard notched Team Soldier Hollow’s first win of the day with teammate Easton Boyer close behind in second in the U10 boys 1km race. Maddux’s sister, Montana Leonard, also stood stop of the podium with a win in the U8 girl’s 1km race.
The Wasatch Citizen Series races continue on January 17th with a classic technique race at Mountain Dell.