Photo by David Mackintosh
HRV NORDIC teams had a great showing at a combined 7K pursuit at Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center Saturday, where athletes compete in a 3K classic race, then switch gear and finish with a 4K skate. Above left, HRV boys skiers Connor Truax, Elkin Parker, and Muir Emmons change gear in the classic to skate transition zone.
As of Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Volunteers busied themselves with preparations for Saturday’s high school Nordic race on Mt. Hood, as the sun rose warmly from the tree line. An immense amount of organization and work goes into a race. With food, timing and strategically placing Kybos (outdoor restrooms), pre-race prep is a race in and of itself. The dedication of the racers is matched by their parents’ desire to improve their experience.
On Saturday at Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center, high schoolers raced in a combined 7K pursuit, with 3K on classics and then a 4K skate. Denali Emmons, a senior at HRV, said, “I have always loved pursuits because they eliminate the factor of an individual being better at one discipline. The transition can be frantic, but every individual on our team stayed calm and focused when switching skis, poles, and boots.”
With high school teams like Summit, St Mary’s, and Hood River Valley, the competition was heated. The boys race began at 11 a.m. with clear skies and 27 degrees. When the girls started at 12:30 p.m., overcast skies had set in, with temperatures of 24 degrees and 1.5 inches of fresh snow powdering the course.
Not ideal conditions, but that didn’t stop them. Daisy Dolan, a junior at HRV, said, “It was a super tough course and really a blast to race on our home turf.”
Three of the top boys at HRV (Muir Emmons, Elkin Parker and Connor Truax) placed in the top 10 and two of the girls (Dolan and Emmons) placed in the top five. The boys had a huge race, edging Summit by just one point to take first in the four-team field, beating out Corvallis and Ridgeview as well. The girls also had a good race, placing second overall with 20 points, behind Summit (10), but handily beating St. Mary’s, Sisters, Corvallis, and RPA.
With the generosity of the parents of HRV racers, Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center staff, and Rosauers grocery store for their time and food donations, the race was a success.
HRV girls individual results
(Overall winner: Liv Downing, Summit, 28 minutes, 24.2 seconds)
Daisy Dolan (2nd, 28:25.3)
Denali Emmons (4th, 29:47.4)
Ella Vancot (18th, 39:31.2)
Samantha Thompson (20th, 39:53.9)
Davis Mackintosh (38th, 55:49.3)
HRV boys individual results
(Overall winner: Alex Martin, Summit, 24:00.0)
Muir Emmons (4th, 26:22.5)
Elkin Parker (5th, 26:52.6)
Connor Truax (9th, 28:08.4)
Finn Peterson (13th, 28:59.0)
Per Bergstrom (17th, 30:01.1)
Ezra Johnsen (28th, 38:25.1)
William Kissinger (33rd, 47:19.5)