SKYWAY, MARCH 14, 2015
The Grand Mesa Nordic Council 2014-2015 Race Series wrapped up in warm and sunny fashion at the Mesa Meltdown. The beautiful weather meant times were fast and the hanging out afterwards eating chili and telling war stories was long. A great time for all. The 20K Freestyle was the Series finale even though we are still looking forward to the Grand Mesa Loppet Marathon and Half Marathon on March 28. These are new races added to our schedule this year and have not yet been incorporated into the Series.
In the 20K, Bryan Cook quickly put a gap on the field and skied smooth and fast to the finish to be the only racer to come in under an hour. Very impressive. The most exciting finish was when Danny Pierce and Christie Aschwanden came up the last hill side-by-side both digging hard for the line. Danny managed to extend his toe over the line just ahead of Christie’s. She was still 6th overall and the first place female. Similar to the 20K, Jordan Miner skied hard from the start and put a big gap on the field for the win in the 5K. Quinn Finnoff was the first male 5K racer but had to finish with a strong kick to stay ahead of Cambria Camp for second overall. All of this good effort was rewarded with excellent refueling from KIND Bar and PROBAR and generous prizes from REI, Kannah Creek Brewing, Copper Club Brew Pub, Cravens Coffe and Avant Winery. A huge thanks as always goes to our volunteers Danielle Burritt, Trish Rothwell and Angela Johnson.
Now rest up and get ready for the Loppet! Details can be found here.
Tom, GMNC Race Director
The top two 20K females were all bones but, wow, could they ski fast!
2015 Mesa Meltdown RESULTS
|8||Christopher Welsh||32||M||Grand Junction||CO||1:12:32|
|10||Rosemerry Trommer||45||F||Grand Junction||CO||1:15:08|
|11||Jeff Stahl||45||M||Colorado Spgs||CO||1:15:09|
|13||Ken Pill||53||M||Grand Junction||CO||1:16:16|
|21||Mark Miller||52||M||Estes Park||CO||1:21:50|
|23||Denny Hogan||65||M||Buena Vista||CO||1:23:51|
|24||Tim Carter||79||M||Grand Junction||CO||1:24:55|
|25||Tina Wilson||58||F||Grand Junction||CO||1:26:25|
|26||Bill Miller||65||M||Grand Junction||CO||1:26:27|
|28||Anne McCorkle||38||F||Grand Junction||CO||1:36:29|
|3||Cambria Camp||15||F||Grand Junction||CO||23:36|
|8||Sydney Camp||13||F||Grand Junction||CO||42:48|