Wyatt Fereday claims Billy Dutton Uphill victory
The Billy Dutton Uphill title is back in the hands of a cross-country skier.
Skier Wyatt Fereday, who last year finished second to runner JP Donovan, shaved nearly three minutes off his 2013 time to claim the victory in the 25th annual race in a time of 31 minutes, 46.2 seconds.
Donovan, who won in 2011 and 2013 wearing running shoes, finished runner-up in 33:42.0, and skier Franz Bernstein was third in 33:55.9.
Donovan also dropped time from his 2013 win, which he earned in 34:17.3, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Fereday.
The race starts at the bottom of Mountain Run and climbs 2,000 vertical feet in 3.2 miles to High Camp. It’s held each April in honor of the late Billy Dutton, who helped establish Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue in 1976 and died at an early age of brain cancer.
The event, which drew 159 participants, now serves as a major fundraiser for Far West Nordic’s juniors program.
Among the top 10 finishers, six were on cross-country skis and four in snowshoes or running shoes.
Skier Spencer Eusden finished fourth in 35:55.0 and was followed by Turner Zamore (shoe, 37:08.1), Jordan McElroy (ski, 37:18.9), Alan Reynolds (shoe, 37:38.0), Tim Knudsen (shoe, 38:06.4), Matthew Stanford (ski, 38:20.9) and Evan Vomund (ski, 39:05.4) rounding out the top 10.
Dolores Bergmann and Caitlin Bernstein, both in the shoe/snowshoe category, finished 1-2 among women and 14th and 15th overall with times of 41:07.4 and 41:25.0, respectively.
Skier Kimball Pier was the third woman and 19th overall in 43:59.5. She was trailed by skier Hannah Halvorsen (44:00.0) in fourth and Maryellen Benier (45:42.6) in fifth.