Gelso, Reid race to wins in Snowshoe Thompson Classic |

Gelso, Reid race to wins in Snowshoe Thompson Classic

Sun Staff report
Mark Nadell / www.macbethgraphics.comUniversity of Colorado grad Matt Gelso of Truckee defends his title in the 65th Annual Snowshoe Thompson Classic at Auburn Ski Club this past Sunday.

Truckee’s Matt Gelso and Beth Reid of Palo Alto raced to top finishes in fresh snow conditions at the 65th Annual Snowshoe Thompson Classic at Auburn Ski Club this past Sunday.

A total of 113 people participated between the three races, including 68 skiers in the 10-kilometer distance, 35 in the 5K and 10 in the 2K.

Gelso and#8212; who won an NCAA National Championship in the classic discipline for his University of Colorado Buffaloes last winter and now skis for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and#8212; defended his title from a year ago with a winning time of 27 minutes and 10 seconds.

Russell Kennedy of Truckee finished runner-up in 28 minutes and 22 seconds, while Austin Meng (29:35), Stefan Benier (30:05) and Alex Hamilton (20:27) rounded out the top five in the men’s field. They were followed by Alex Taylor, Tav Streit, Michael Collins, Justin Ondry and Patrick McElravey.

Reid, whose daughter Joanne took the overall win in the 5K, finished 13th overall with a time of 32:23. Stephanie Howe was the next woman to finish, placing 18th overall in 32:54, while Judy Rabinowitz (35:17) was third among women and 30th overall, followed by Kari Rust (35:36) and Julie Young (36:25).

Joanne Reid, a sophomore at the University of Colorado and the first woman to finish the 10K last year, won the 5K with a time of 15:24. Jackson Rohlf finished second overall and first among men in 16:41, and Sam Zabell was third overall in 16:48. Katrin Larusson (16:56) was fourth overall and Laurel Fiddler (17:11) fifth.

In the 2K, Haydn Halvorsen won with a time of 8:33, while Clay McCay-Moran was second in 9:07 and Sina Arnold was the first female and third overall finisher in 9:18.

The race also served as the season’s first Junior Olympic qualifier and Fischer Cup race.

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