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Story Last modified at 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Local women pull Sunday sweep at Tsalteshi trails

Chugiak's Lauren Fritz, an Eagle River High and Middlebury (Vt.) College graduate, won her second Besh Cup race of the season by edging Chugiak grad and UAF student Alyson McPhetres in the 5-kilometer freestyle Besh Cup No. 4 race at Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna on Jan. 23.


Gruening Middle School eighth-grade skiers Leah Morton (246), Carisa Andersen (247) and Madeline Corbett (in pink hat) approach the finish line of the first ski race of the season Jan. 20 at Kincaid Park.

Fritz, a senior-division skier who races for Alaska Nordic Racing (ANR), crossed the line in 14 minutes, 38.7 seconds to beat ANR teammate/UAF racer McPhetres by less than a second. McPhetres was the top older junior (OJ) finisher, earning 100 Besh Cup points.

McPhetres' younger sister Krysti, a senior at Chugiak who also races for ANR, finished in third place overall and was the top J1 skier, while Chugiak freshman Sarissa Lammers (ANR) finished ninth and also earned 100 points as the top J2 skier.

Sunday was a huge day for the McPhetres family. The girls' younger brother David (ANR), a freshman at Chugiak, also picked up 100 Cup points when he won the boys 5-kilometer J2 race in a time of 13:43.90. McPhetres' ANR and Chugiak High teammate Alex Loan was fifth.

Local skiers found themselves right at home all weekend on the trails at Skyview High School. Also on Sunday, Chugiak's Isaac Lammers (ANR) was ninth overall in the men's 10K freestyle race and second among J1 skiers.

In Jan. 22's Besh Cup 3 classic sprint races, Lammers made the men's B final to place ninth overall and finish first among J1 skiers. Also Saturday, Alex Loan was fifth in the J2 boys A final, while David McPhetres placed 11th among J2 racers.

On the women's side, Alyson McPhetres placed fourth in the women's A final and was the second-place OJ skier in the sprints, while Krysti McPhetres made the B final and finished 11th overall (5th J1).

Through four races, Alyson McPhetres (older junior), Lauren Fritz (senior) and Isaac Lammers (J1) each stand in first place in the season standings, while several other local skiers are in contention for titles. Sarissa Lammers is currently second among J2 girls, Krysti McPhetres is fourth among J1 women, Ben Fitzgerald (ANR) is firth among OJ men, and Alex Loan is sixth and David McPhetres seventh among J2 boys.

Chugiak High's Kinsey Loan (APU) skipped the Besh Cup races to prepare for the World Junior Championships, which began Jan. 26 in Estonia. Despite missing the two Soldotna Besh Cup races, Loan is still in fourth place among OJ women this season.

Mirror Lake skis to victory

Mirror Lake's eighth-grade girls team placed three skiers in the top-5 to claim victory in the first middle school Nordic skiing races of the season on Jan. 20 at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. Victoria Parsons paced the Coyotes in third with a time of 11:13.5 over the 2.4-kilometer classic course. Parsons was followed closely across the line by teammates Katrina Arthen in fourth and Ashlee Weller in fifth. Gruening's Leah Morton was 10th for the fifth-place Colts.

Among eighth-grade boys, Gruening's Alec Smith was the top finisher in sixth place for the Colts, who were fourth. Mirror Lake was eighth, led by Connor Spencer in 16th.

Mirror Lake's sixth/seventh-grade boys and girls each placed second. The boys were led by Roan Hall in fifth and Gage Mercer in sixth, while Ashley Veech led the girls in fifth. Harrison Gill (13th) was the top sixth/seventh grader for the Gruening boys, who placed sixth. The Colts didn't send a seventh-grade girls team to the races.

This week's races, also classical style, were set for Jan. 26 at the Mirror Lake trails.

For complete race results, visit

– Compiled by Matt Tunseth

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, January 26, 2011.