Soldotna’s Cameron Blackwell skis up a hill during the first day of the Lynx Loppet Nordic ski races on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Kincaid Park. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth) Soldotna’s Cameron Blackwell skis up a hill during the first day of the Lynx Loppet Nordic ski races on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. (Chugiak-Eagle River Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Soldotna’s Cameron Blackwell skis up a hill during the first day of the Lynx Loppet Nordic ski races on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Kincaid Park. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth) Soldotna’s Cameron Blackwell skis up a hill during the first day of the Lynx Loppet Nordic ski races on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. (Chugiak-Eagle River Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Kenai’s Danielson leads peninsula at Lynx Loppett

  • By Staff Report
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017 11:58pm
  • Sports

Kenai Central’s Karl Danielson led the Kenai Peninsula with an eighth-place finish in the Lynx Loppett at Kincaid Park in Anchorage on Friday and Saturday.

The meet typically includes most of the state’s best skiers. Danielson finished sixth in the five-kilometer classic race Friday, then held on for eighth place in the 5.4K freestyle pursuit Saturday, finishing at 27 minutes, 31.6 seconds.

Service’s Gus Schumacher was dominant in winning the boys title, totaling 24:36.3 to beat the 26:38.4 of runner-up Ti Donaldson of West Valley.

The Soldotna boys also had a strong team showing, taking fifth and taking the top spot among all teams in Region III. The Stars had a time of 1:54:43.0 to edge Dimond by two seconds. Service won with 1:49:55.1.

The Stars had three skiers in the top 11 on Friday, with John-Mark Pothast taking eighth, Koby Vinson taking ninth and Jeremy Kupferschmid nabbing 11th. After the freestyle, Pothast was in 12th, Vinson was in 15th and Kupferschmid was in 19th.

On the girls side, Kenai Central’s Addison Gibson led the way, taking 15th on Friday and moving up to 14th after Saturday’s freestyle. Molly Gellert took the overall title to lead West to the team title.

Lynx Loppett

Friday, Saturday at Kincaid Park

BOYS

Team scores: 1. Service, 1:49:55; 2. West, 1:50:36; 3. West Valley, 1:50:59; 4. Chugiak, 1:52:15; 5. Soldotna, 1:54:43; 6. Dimond, 1:54:45; 7. South, 1:57:10; 8. Grace, 2:01:47; 9. Colony, 2:15:01; 10. Eagle River, 2:15:07.

Friday’s five-kilometer classic

1. Gus Schumacher, Ser, 12 minutes, 34 seconds; 2. Ti Donaldson, WV, 13:40; 3. Eli Hermanson, Ser, 13:46; 4. Zanden McMullen, Sou, 13:54; 5. Miles Dennis, Chu, 14:08; 6. Karl Danielson, Ken, 14:15; 7. Rhys Yates, WV, 14:16; 8. John-Mark Pothast, Sol, 14:22; 9. Koby Vinson, Sol, 14:28; 10. Bryce Pintner, Dim, 14:28.

Other peninsula finishers: 11. Jeremy Kupferschmid, Sol, 14:30; 39. Josh Shuler, Sol, 15:53; 48. Jacob Tyler Davis, Hom, 16:49; 49. Jode Sparks, Sol, 16:53; 51. Caleb Rauch, Hom, 16:59.

Total time, including Saturday’s 5.4K freestyle

1. Schumacher, Ser, 24:36; 2. Donaldson, WV, 26:38; 3. Hermanson, Ser, 26:45; 4. McMullen, Sou, 27:04; 5. Germain, Wes, 27:23; 6. Yates, WV, 27:28; 7. Dennis, Chu, 27:30; 8. Danielson, Ken, 27:31; 9. York, Wes, 27:32; 10. Endestad, WV, 27:35.

Other peninsula finishers: 12. Pothast, Sol, 27:54; 15. Vinson, Sol, 28:09; 19. Kupferschmid, Sol, 28:24; 37. Shuler, Sol, 30:14; 45. Davis, Hom, 31:32; 49. Rauch, Hom, 32:19; 51. Sparks, Sol, 32:20;

GIRLS

Team scores: 1. West, 2 hours, 5 minutes, 19 seconds; 2. West Valley, 2:15:50; 3. Service, 2:16:44; 4. South, 2:18:25; 5. Chugiak, 2:22:35; 6. Colony, 2:25:30; 7. Eagle River, 2:27:22; 8. Dimond, 2:34:53; 9. Palmer, 2:39:39.Friday’s five-kilometer classic

1. Molly Gellert, Wes, 15:49; 2. Aubrey LeClair, Wes, 16:06; 3. Kendall Kramer, WV, 16:12; 4. Helen Wilson, ER, 16:20; 5. Heidi Booher, Chu, 16:26; 6. Quincy Donley, Wes, 16:34; 7. Annika Hannestadt, Col, 16:35; 8. Ellie Mitchell, Wes, 16:59; 9. Garvee Tobin, Ser, 17:10; 10. Ivy Eski, Wes, 17:12.

Other peninsula finishers: 15. Addison Gibson, Ken, 17:42; 39. Kellie Arthur, Sol, 20:04; 40. Autumn Daigle, Hom, 20:09; 42. Sonora Martin, Sol, 20:34; 48. Cameron Blackwell, Sol, 21:34; 50. Katie Davis, Hom, 21:39; 51. Maria Salzetti, Ken, 21:52; 56. Zoe Stonorov, Hom, 22:07; 67. Brita Restad, Hom, 41:45.

Total time, including Saturday’s 5.4K freestyle

1. Gellert, Wes, 30:13; 2. Leclair, Wes, 30:55; 3. Kramer, WV, 30:57; 4. Wilson, ER, 31:15; 5. Booher, Chu, 31:30; 6. Hannestadt, Col, 31:37; 7. Donley, Wes, 31:43; 8. Druckenmiller, WV, 32:14; 9. Tobin, Ser, 32:14; 10. Proffitt, Chu, 32:21.

Peninsula finishers: 14. Gibson, Ken, 33:28; 35. Arthur, Sol, 37:25; 38. Martin, Sol, 38:04; 46. Blackwell, Sol, 40:20; 48. Salzetti, Ken, 40:35; 49. Stonorov, Hom, 40:41; 51. Davis, Hom, 41:10; 62. Restad, Hom, 47:26.

Kenai’s Mickinzie Tichnor, left, and Soldotna’s Sonora Martin race down a hill during the first day of the Lynx Loppet Nordic ski races Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. (Photo by Matt Tunseth/Chugiak-Eagle River Star) Kenai’s Mickinzie Ticknor, left, and Soldotna’s Sonora Martin race down a hill during the first day of the Lynx Loppet Nordic ski races Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. (Photo by Matt Tunseth/Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Kenai’s Mickinzie Tichnor, left, and Soldotna’s Sonora Martin race down a hill during the first day of the Lynx Loppet Nordic ski races Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. (Photo by Matt Tunseth/Chugiak-Eagle River Star) Kenai’s Mickinzie Ticknor, left, and Soldotna’s Sonora Martin race down a hill during the first day of the Lynx Loppet Nordic ski races Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. (Photo by Matt Tunseth/Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

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