Kingston Roller Ski Races: The Fast and the Furious

Less than three seconds.  That was the margin between first and third places in the men’s 5 km classic roller ski race at Kingston, NY on Sunday.  Coming from behind in a sprint to the line, Garfield NJ’s Josef Iwan nabbed first place, crossing the line “by a wheel length” ahead of HURT’s Austin Huneck.  Brian Halligan came third, just two seconds back.  At 12:19, Iwan set a new record for the classic race.

In the women’s race, Amy and Sarah Duclos placed first and second, in 17:18 and 17:47 respectively.  Ann Seyse took third place in 20:36.  Most of the players in the classic race were on skate skis with fast wheels, making the race a double pole derby.

After an hour break, the 10 km skate race went off.  The same loop was used as for the classic race, and skiers did two laps.  As in past races, many people showed specifically for the skate event.

In the women’s race, fortunes reversed as Ann Seyse won in 28:51, finishing over two minutes ahead of Amy Duclos in second place (31:16) and Sara Duclos in third (33:31).

Although the the gap was wider than in the morning 5 km, the men’s race was still tight with 11 seconds separating the top three.  Two groups led the skate race though the first lap.  At the end, Sean Halligan beat Iwan by one second for the win. Iwan told a reporter that he bobbled on debris or a bump in the last few hundred meters, allowing Halligan to squeak by.  Halligan’s winning time was 22:04; Iwan came second in 22:05.  Austin Huneck was third in 22:15, without the equipment problems that plagued him last year.

HURT repeated their win of the club trophy, mobbing the Kingston roller ski races with an estimated two dozen athletes.  Manhattan Nordic represented also.  Scotia-Glenville won the high school team trophy.  Click on the thumbnails to view full results for both events.