Peru Nordic went into this weekend’s races at Mount Van Hoevenberg riding the crest of a great effort in last Sunday’s Great Sacandaga Mini Marathon. On Saturday, in the 7.5 km freestyle race, Peru Nordic was able to vanquish most of the NYSSRA competition, with great races by Jon Santor, Jim Kobak and Stan Hatch. The rest of the Peru Nordic squad had good days, hammering it out on the up and down up and down up and down course.
Then Sunday came.
Fans should have known that things were going to go awry when the team arrived, fully expecting to race, but actually two hours ahead of the actual start time. If that weren’t enough, in changing and variable snow conditions, the team struggled to find the right wax combination, and struggled in the highly competitive pack during the 15 km classic race. On the bright side, Jon Santor continued his MVP campaign with a solid effort, and Stan Hatch had another good day. But, Jim Kobak and Chris Rose put in sub-par efforts. Korzinecki, Lis, Bailey, Beattie, Findlay and Adams had satisfactory races. David Hunter made his season debut and Gordy Santor returned for another go at a classic race. And in a strange twist, Maswick was, for once,happy with his race…
The saddest part… the beloved NY Jets, up 17-14 at the half, were unable to get it done and lost the AFC Championship to the Indy Colts. Make it 41 years, an M3, since the Jets have won it all. “I was in the womb the last time Gang Green won it all,” said Jim Kobak, “I have spent my entire life rooting for the NY Jets to win a title, … I firmly believe that next year is our year!”
Now that the distraction of Jets Football is over, it is time to focus on the Craftsbury Marathon, the Loppet and the NYSSRA Championships… and New Jersey Devils Hockey