Besh Cup race series begins

Slick trails greet skiers at Beach Lake


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(Bottom) Fairbanks’ Nick Grimmer applies a coat of wax to a ski in anticipation of the Besh Cup No. 2 classic Nordic ski races at the Beach Lake trails in Chugiak on Sunday. (Above) Eagle River’s Hannah Stevens heads out onto the trail during the Besh Cup No. 2 (10-kilometer classic) race at the Beach Lake trails in Chugiak on Dec. 18. Stevens placed 38th overall and 12th among J1 girls in the race.

STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH

Alaska Nordic Racing’s Sarissa Lammers, a sophomore at Chugiak High School, won the J2 girls 5-kilometer classic race during the Besh Cup No. 2 races on her home course at the Beach Lake trails on Sunday, Dec. 18.

Combined with a third place showing in the Besh Cup No. 1 freestyle sprints the previous day at Kincaid Park, Lammers currently sits in second place among J2 girls in the statewide race series, which is used to determine which skiers qualify for the Arctic Winter Games and Junior Olympics.

Conditions for Saturday’s sprint races were ideal, racers said, but that quickly changed when warm temperatures and rain made for a tricky classic course.

“It was slick, and pretty icy,” said Eagle River’s Hannah Stevens, who was 12th in both races among J1 girls.

Other top performances among local boys were turned in by ANR’s Isaac Lammers, who was second in the OJ boys classic race to move into third place in the OJ standings; ANR’s David McPhetres and Alex Loan, who were eighth and ninth after two races in the J1 boys standings; and ANR’s Roan Hall, who finished second in the J3 sprint and was second overall after two races.

On the women’s side, Alaska Pacific University’s Kinsey Loan, of Eagle River, was fourth in the OJ sprint and third in the classic to take fourth in the OJ girls standings and APU’s Lauren Fritz was fourth in both races among senior women to move into fourth place overall.

For complete results and up-to-date standings, visit www.crosscountryalaska.org

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