Fiegl Crowned King of the Patch Sprint

Racers at the PS09!
Racers at the PS09!

Peru Nordic’s Jason Fiegl won his 6th Patch Sprint World Championship, becoming the all-time win leader.  Fiegl won in 2 hours 13 minutes, just 4 minutes shy of the World Record time. 

 

World Champ Fiegl Chills at the Summit of Pokomoonshine
World Champ Fiegl Chills at the Summit of Pokomoonshine

At the start, Fiegl did his usuall blast up Bare Mt, establishing a new best Bare Mt. split.  Most of the field could not respond, except for a fit Cole Starkey who gracefully glided up Bare on Fiegl’s heels.  Fiegl blasted down the mountain, and raced towards Rattlesnake where Starkey put on a massive attack, also setting a new Bare-Rattle split standard. Starkey looked like he was en route to his first Janny and probably a new record time.  Then, the unexplicable happened… Starkey got lost on Rattlesnake Mountain.  This has become an annual trend for Cole.  He looks strong, and grabs the lead before either getting lost, or blowing up on the final climb.  Peru Nordic’s Jim Kobak was in third going up the Snake, but was caught and passed by three runners, John Richardson, Euan Reid and Fraser Reid, on the Reber Road.  Richardson attacked the Reid brothers and created a huge gap on the backside of Sugarloaf, which he held on to and finished second overall.  The Reids were looking to put Kobak away, but he clawed his way back on the final climb up Pokomoonshine Mt.  Kobak managed to pass both Reid brothers on Poko, but suffered major calf cramp spasms while in the chimney, right below the summit. Unable to move, Kobak was caught by Euan Reid, before hobbling to the summit to finish fourth overall, but easily winnning the men’s Masters title.

 

Tom Lynch strides through the finish chute at the PS09
Tom Lynch strides through the finish chute at the PS09

 

Saratoga Biathlon Club’s Deborah Nordyke easily captured the women’s division, while Tom Moffett, fresh off of the SLOP FEST series, managed to chop 15 minutes off of his personal best.  Peru Nordic’s Jerry Ross had a strong sub-three hour time, and finished third in the masters field.  SLOP FEST veterans, Tom Lynch and Tim Singer also posted strong finishes in the Masters division.

 

Saratoga Biathlon club members celebrate their PS09 showing!
Saratoga Biathlon club members celebrate their PS09 showing!

As usual, a good time (and some good times) were had by all… Look forward to SLOP FEST II and the 2010 Patch Sprint next Spring!  Look for official results to be posted at www.patchsprint.com soon!

 

Fiegl and Nordyke collect hardware at the awards ceremony
Fiegl and Nordyke collect hardware at the awards ceremony

 

Peru Nordic well represented at the race expo
Peru Nordic well represented at the race expo
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