Nordic competes in classic and sprint relays

Chris Calabro photo Junior Zane Hayward takes off for his 1.3-kilometer leg of the relay sprints on Saturday in Jackson.

JACKSON – Fresh powder finally fell at the Trail Creek Nordic Center near Teton Pass in time for the third and final invitational hosted by Jackson Hole. Pinedale competed against Lander, Jackson and “some of the best Nordic skiers in the state,” said head coach Chris Calabro.

The meet opened with a grueling 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) classic ski race on Friday, followed by sprint relays on Saturday.

“Conditions were warm (on Friday), with falling snow, making it tough on the hills,” Calabro explained. “On Saturday, the skiers paired up for two-man relay teams to compete in a 5.2-kilometer sprint relay in which each member skied a 1.3-kilometer sprint two times, alternating back and forth.”

Junior Jimmy Winkelkotter led Pinedale in the boys’ varsity 10-kilometer classic on Friday. He clocked in the course at 40 minutes, 46.80 seconds. Freshman Max Rife came in close behind, taking 20th place at 40:54.40.

Junior Zane Hayward, competing in his first meet of the season, placed 29th at 44:19.30.

Junior Lexie Goodrich represented the Wranglers in the girls’ varsity division on Friday. She placed 28th and completed the 10-kilometer race in 49:59.90.

Freshman Paige Graham entered the girls’ junior varsity 5-kilometer division on Friday, taking 15th place and timing in at 36:54.30.

Hayward and Winkelkotter teamed up for the boys’ varsity sprint relay and finished in 13th place at 15:31.50. Due to uneven numbers on the team, Rife was paired with Bode Welch of Jackson. The duo came in 18th place at 16:16.40.

Goodrich and Graham skied for Pinedale in the girls’ relays and placed 22nd, clocking in at 22:15.70.

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