Fresh snow and warmer-than-expected temperatures created challenges for the skiers who took on 30- and 15-kilometer Nordic courses at the Winthrop Ski Derby on Saturday (Feb. 6) on the Sun Mountain trail system.
The less-than-ideal conditions resulted in slower times than might have been expected. Gregg Strome of Winthrop won the 30K race with a time of 2:02.19, followed by local competitors Laura McCabe in 2:03.19 and Leslie Hall in 2:08.07.
Starting five minutes later didn’t give the 15K racers any advantage.
Louis Sukovaty of Winthrop won in a time of 1:18.30, topping the next two finishers by more than 8 minutes. But both of them were in the 70-plus age category. Paul Karas, 72, of Kirkland, finished in 1:26.41 and 70-year-old Winthrop resident Dan Weinstein finished in 1:30.12. Jen Fry of Winthrop won the 15K women’s division in 1:32.50, ahead of Ashley Lee from the Teacup Lake Nordic program out of Portland, Oregon, in 1:35.46.
Full results can be found at www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=61659.