Area racers fare well in numerous Noquemanon Ski Marathon events

Mother-daughter duo Beth, center, and Linnea Kennerhed, left, of Green Bay, Wis., cross the finish line together after participating in the 12-kilometer classic race during the 22nd annual Noquemanon Ski Marathon on Saturday in Marquette. Beside them is Ron Maloney of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., who was in the 12K freestyle race. (Journal photo by Ryan Spitza)

MARQUETTE — Area residents made plenty of noise at the top of the standings in some of the less well-known races at the 22nd annual Noquemanon Ski Marathon held Friday through Sunday.

While the attention grabber was the 50-kilometer and 24K ski races, the 12K classic and freestyle also drew more than 50 competitors in each.

Complete results are available on the Superior Timing website at https://www.superiortiming.com/ under Noquemanon Ski Marathon, Junior Noque and Wildside of the Noque tabs.

In the 12K classic, the top four finishers were teens, including a girl in fourth place.

Andrew Pillant of Ishpeming won the race in 43 minutes, 51.3 seconds, followed by Samuel Markey of Marquette in 44:52.0, Joseph Carlisle of Michigamme in 45:36.7 and Leandra Buggink of Marquette in 47:55.0.

Abigail Paul of Traverse City approaches the finish line in the 12-kilometer freestyle race during the 22nd annual Noquemanon Ski Marathon on Saturday in Marquette. Paul finished 27th overall and was the sixth female finisher. (Journal photo by Ryan Spitza)

They beat the rest of the field by more than 20 minutes, though notably, Robert Anderson of Marquette, racing in the 65-74 year-old division, was seventh in 1:10:12.8.

In the 12K freestyle, teens swept the top 10 spots, led by Louis Hindman of Marquette winning in 34:47.7. Three other Marquette residents were also in that group — Kevin Zhang fifth in 38:24.9, Joseph Czerkes seventh in 39:22.8 and Evan Sysko eighth in 39:25.0.

In the 15-mile snowshoe race also contested Saturday, Alex Bott of Marquette won the women’s title in 2:22:17.0 as she was sixth overall.

Top adaptive skiers were Andrew Wonnacott of Negaunee in the 3K in 33:18.1, Jason Brannas of Manistique in the 1K in 11:39.0 and James Bennett of Skandia in the sit ski 1K in 14:29.6.

Below you can see the Junior Noque results contested Friday, with overall winners Louis Hindman of Marquette in the 5K classic in 16:34.3, Toby Klasner of McCall, Idaho, in the 3K freestyle in 11:45.9, Drew Huotari of Houghton in the 3K classic in 13:33.4 and Charlotte Potter of Marquette in the 1K classic with an unavailable time.

Marquette's Frida Waara crosses the finish line with a smile in the 12-kilometer classic race during the 22nd annual Noquemanon Ski Marathon on Saturday in Marquette. Waara finished 18th overall and was the ninth female finisher. (Journal photo by Ryan Spitza)

In Sunday’s Wildside, Brent Pontius of Negaunee won the 20K snow bike race in 1:08:57.9, about a minute ahead of runner-up Alex Schultz of Marquette.

Will Bomier of Mahtowa, Minnesota, won the Animoosh Skijor one-dog 10K race in 22:39.5, just a second ahead of Logan Smestad of Duluth, Minnesota, while Kellie Shipkey of Marquette was fourth in 23:32.0.

In the same event but with two-dog teams, Deanna Clark of Xenia, Ohio, won in 20:32.7 with the top local racer Anna Rink of Negaunee, fourth in 28:28.0.

In snowshoeing, Jeffrey Devries of Ada won the 10K in 56:23.0, while Justin Prusi of Negaunee was third in 1:12:32.1 and Keith Kuykendall of Marquette fourth in 1:17:32.9.

In 5K snowshoes, Rory Ogea of Naperville, Illinois, won in 35:10.8 with Pamela Malmsten of Ishpeming runner-up just two-tenths of a second back.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


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