Twenty-one skiers toed the line for the 5 km classic event. At the start, the temperature was around 30 degrees. A steady wind all afternoon gusted up to 30 or 40 mph, slowing down even those with doped roller skis. Despite the wind, debris wasn’t much of an issue out on the flat, fast course.
Wallkill, New Paltz, and Kingston high schools all fielded big lineups. From Bennington, VT, Mount Anthony Union represented, too. HURT had the biggest club representation, and came away with the club trophy for the fifth consecutive year.
Fifteen-year-old Owen Putman won the classic race in 14:28, almost a minute faster than HURT teammate Tim Huneck. Your editor was third, 1:19 in back of Huneck. HURT skier Amy Duclos was the first woman over the line in 18:33. Sarah Duclos, also of HURT – are we beginning to recite a mantra here? – was second in the classic, with Val Malia coming third.
Twice as many skiers showed for the 10 km freestyle. Although he raced against athletes with fresh legs, Owen Putman pipped New Jersey’s Joseph Iwan by two seconds, winning in 23:10. Sean Halligan was third, eight seconds further back. In the women’s race, Amy and Sarah Duclos again went first and second, with Emily Smith coming in third place.
Stay tuned for more on the Kingston roller races.