The Race of the Methow was held at Klipchuck campground Saturday and Sunday after being moved from the McCabe trails due to lack of snow.
Saturday was devoted to skate sprints. “We ran races for U10 on up and had participants from the Methow Valley, Spokane, Leavenworth and Seattle,” said Methow Valley Nordic Team program director and coach Leslie Hall.
Jory Grialou won the girls’ U10 event, followed by Stella Scholz and Dashe
McCabe. Isaac Davis was second among U10 boys.
Lindsay Worrell was first among girls, followed by Keeley Brooks in second, Liv Aspholm in third, and Lena Nelson finishing fourth.
It was a battle among U12 boys with Ian Delong leading from start to finish.
Travis Grialou came in a close second and Zane Strome placed third.
Novie McCabe and Gretta Scholz were first and third among U14 girls. Among U14 boys, Peter Aspholm took the win with Emerson Worrell second and Walker Hall third.
Taya Delong placed third in a tough U16 girls’ group. Ella Hall and Claire Waichler went one-two in the U18/21 girls.
“Paul Everett, just back from making the World Junior Biathlon Team, showed us all how to skate fast, winning the U18/21 men,” Hall said.
Kent Murdoch won the adult sprint.
Sunday dawned cold and clear for the lollipop race that led off the day’s events with “several future MVN team members racing to get the best lolly,” Hall said.
In the1K mass start, Jory Grialou won the U10 category followed by Stella Scholz and Dashe McCabe.
The U12 category was a tight race with Ian Delong taking the win followed very closely by Travis Grialou in second. Zane Strome finished fourth and Myles Davis fifth.
In the girls’ U12 category, Liv Aspholm won followed by Lindsay Worrell, Keeley Brooks and Lena Nelson in that order.
“Peter Aspholm led much of the U14 boys’ event but he was passed near the end by Emerson Worrell, who took the win,” Hall said. “Walker Hall eked out a silver medal just ahead of Aspholm at the finish.”
Novie McCabe placed second in the U14 girls’ race and Gretta Scholz third.
Taya Delong placed third in the U16 girls’ 5K and
Danielle Mott was fifth.
Ella Hall took home the first-place trophy in the U18/21 5K and Claire Waichler placed fourth. Geza Sukovaty was the fifth male finisher.
Everett ran away with the 10K among U18/21 men. Jake Harrop was eighth.
Complete results can be found at www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=17028