Middle Park Nordic team skis pursuit race at Leadville
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The Nordic skiers of Middle Park High competed in a unique event at Leadville on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Along with the 12 other high school teams, the Panthers took part in the two-part pursuit competition. In the first event at 9 a.m., the skiers raced using classic technique. Then at 1 p.m., they completed the pursuit with a skating technique race.
In the results, Middle Park’s girls took seventh places in both the classic and skate races. In the boys pursuit, the Panthers finished 10th in the classic and seventh in the skate.
Boys individual results
The boys pursuit race was won by Tyler Reinking of Summit. He skied the classic in 10:50 and the skate in 11:07 for the winning combined time of 21:57.
Eric Shurson was Middle Park’s fastest male skier, finishing 28th in the results. He skied the classic race in 14:17 and the skate in 12:51.
Next in the results was Matt Curran who finished 32nd. His classic time was 13:46 while his skate was 13:39.
The Panthers’ Ben Shipman placed 35th with a classic time of 13:21 and 14:23 in the skate.
Finishing 36th was Hugh McDonough. He raced the classic in 13:49 and finished the skate in 13:57.
Matthew Naschak took 38th place. In the classic race, he skied a time of 14:47 while in the skate he posted a time of 13:18.
Rounding out the Middle Park boys’ results was freshman Nick O’Connor who finished in 48th place. He skied the classic in 15:04 while he finished the skate in 16:05.
Girls individual results
Summit’s Briana Perkins raced to victory in the girls pursuit. She skied the classic in 12:31 and then finished the skate in an identical time of 12:31. Her combined time of 25:02 was 51 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
Mackenzie Wilderman was Middle Park’s fastest female finisher. She raced the classic in 15:23 and did the skate in 15:48.
Next for the Panthers was Samantha Miyauchi who took 34th place after skiing the classic in 16:57 and skate in 17:09.
Close behind Miyauchi was teammate Mackenna Morck who finished 35th. She skied the classic in 17:58 and skate in 16:20.
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