Booher, Nelson pace Mustangs in first XC ski meet of season

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 12:59
  • From left, Chugiak’s Heidi Booher and West’s Magdalen York cross the line in a photo finish Booher took second in the race. Eagle River’s Helen Wilson begins a sprint race at Kincaid Park. (Photo by Michael Dinneen for the Star)
  • Eagle River’s Helen Wilson begins a sprint race at Kincaid Park. Wilson was the top Wolves finisher in ninth overall and second in her sprint final. (Photo by Michael Dinneen for the Star)

As Heidi Booher’s day finished with a second-place finish in the sprint finals at Saturday afternoon’s Service Snowball races, she had two words for her handlers, “Clothe me!” she exclaimed, as she hurried to add layers to her ski suit. She then promptly skied off through the stadium tunnel to warm up following a very cold day of skiing.

There was suffering aplenty as 10-degree temperatures and a healthy breeze from the north combined to make a frosty opener to the prep ski season.

Sprint races made up the entire schedule on a shortened course of manmade snow augmented with the first snows of the season.

Booher and Emma Nelson paced the Chugiak girls’ efforts with second and fourth-place finishes in the sprint finals, resulting in a fourth-place finish for the team.

Chugiak’s boys team equaled the girls’ results in their fourth-place finish, though neither the Mustangs or their neighbor Wolves placed any skiers in the boys’ finals.

Eagle River’s Helen Wilson placed ninth overall and second in her sprint final, while Chugiak’s Adrianna Proffitt finished 13th overall.

For the boys, Mustang skiers Hyrum Nelson finished second overall, Brandon Lafferty fourth, Nate Stoltenberg fifth and Michael Belmear ninth. Eagle River’s Logan Platz led his mates with a 23rd place finish.

 

 

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