Photo by David Mackintosh
SKIERS, both active in HRV Nordic and alumni of the program, took to the trails Saturday for the Mt. Hood Meadows Community race series.
As of Tuesday, December 22, 2015
The HRV Nordic team competed this Saturday in Mt. Hood Meadows’ community race series, an annual open 3.5K and 7K skate race. The race had been cancelled for the past two years because of weather and snow conditions. This year it was 31 degrees and the snow was hard packed, perfect for a skate race.
The terrain was hilly, making it more of a slalom course than a skate race. Plenty of racers showed up, adding to the mass start and tangle of poles and skis.
Being the second race for the HRV Nordic team this season, the skiers did quite well for themselves, sweeping the junior 3.5K (18 and under) and scoring a podium finish in the open 7K.
It was the first skate race ever for Davis Mackintosh, and Samantha and Eloise Vernhes. Returning alumni Nils Engbersen, Mason McDowell, Miranda Starr, and Delia Dolan joined in to compete against their former teammates and test their mettle against the high school athletes. Assistant Coach Joe Dolan remarked, “Sunshine and snow conditions made for a fast race and the hot dogs at the barbecue never tasted better. A great confidence builder for the team, and we’re happy to have our alumni back.”
The team will have skate and classic clinics for the next couple weeks throughout the holidays and will resume racing in January.