Hood River Valley High School Nordic team racers continued season action last weekend with a “Hot Pursuit” race that brought teams from Summit, Bend, Redmond, Saint Mary’s, Crescent Valley, Cleveland and Corvallis high schools to the groomed cross country trails of Mt. Hood Meadows.
Sam Wiley continued his standout season for the HRV team with a first-place overall finish and the fastest time of the day for the two-discipline event. Wiley was followed by teammates Daniel Fischer in fifth place, Mason McDowell in 20th, Billy Edwards in 28th and Alex Chadney in 48th to give the boys a third-place finish overall behind Bend in first and Summit in second.
HRV girls team finished third as well (behind Summit and Bend, respectively), led by the team’s top three finishers, Delia Dolan in 13th, Miranda Starr in 14th and Petra Knapp in 18th.
The team moves on to its final home race of the season Saturday, followed by the Oregon High School Nordica Organization state championship March 1-2 in Bend.
Last week’s race featured a fun modification from the traditional pursuit-style race. As a “Hot Pursuit,” racers competed in both classic and skate styles, but contrary to the standard format, racers didn’t get to rest between styles. A transition area was setup for racers to switch skis, boots and poles as quickly as possible and get back on the course for the second half of the race. With 59 racers in the girls event and 46 in the boys, a speedy and well-orchestrated transition was a key factor in racers’ overall times.
As has been the theme for home events this season, a fun activity followed the racing action; this time it was a friendly limbo contest in the snow.