Moore triple All-American
SOLDIER HOLLOW, UTAH – Even without sleep, Karlie Moore is one of the best.Last week at the Nordic Junior Nationals in Soldier Hollow, Utah, Moore led a contingent of eight Ski and Snowboard Club Vail racers, picking up three All-American honors.Moore’s most impressive performance came in the classical race in which she took seventh despite a restless night due to food poisoning.”I was so sick – I didn’t think I was going to race,” said Moore, who exceeded her goal of top 10 in classical. “I have no clue how that works.”Things worked well for Moore all week, as she also picked up a 20th in skate and anchored the a relay team that took third.”She had the third-fastest relay split of the day,” said SSCV coach Dan Weiland. “You can’t take anything away from her.”Moore got to race the relay with in-state rival, Briana Perkins of Summit.”We’ve been competing all year and at each other’s necks, so we were really excited,” Moore said.Despite a crash in her skate race, Moore was able to retain he All-American honors in that event.”I had a pretty big crash,” Moore said. “I was in sixth and dropped to the last 10, but made it back to 20th.”Only a first-year J1, Moore will be one of the few top returning J1’s next year at nationals.Molly McGee, who along with Lani Bruntz were the only two SSCV seniors at the event, had a great showing, taking 10th in classic, only 13 seconds off All-American honors.”A top 10 is pretty exceptional,” Weiland said. “Her goal was to be in the top 40.”McGee cracked the top 10 in the sprint race, taking ninth, and picked up All-American honors in skate with a 14th place finish.Bruntz was 37th in skate, 40th in classic and just missed the cut for qualifying in sprits, taking 31st.Just waitAnyone who has seen Jessica Linder compete in sports knows how competitive the sophomore is. So even after qualifying for nationals this year – her original goal – Linder kept reaching.Linder, a sophomore, took 14th in the classical race. “That was amazing – we’ll take that for sure,” Weiland said.In the skate, Linder was 26th, and in the sprint – not necessarily the cross country runner’s strong suit – Linder was 36th.”You just got in and have to look at it like all the other races because you don’t want to freak yourself out,” Linder said. “But you know it’s junior nationals and will have to push that extra bit.”Last year I was kind of starting out (in Nordic), and this year, I felt like I started getting the hang of things. It felt really good just to be considered a competitor.”Along with Linder, Kaitlin Zdechlik was the other girls’ sophomore racer to qualify.”She kind of struggled, but for her, it’s more of an experience,” Weiland said. “She’s a first-year J1, so going to nationals is a whole different world.”Into the realmNot only did Sean Woods qualify for nationals as freshman and in his first year of Nordic skiing, but he also did it as a part-time Nordic skier.Woods, who was second in this year’s Skimeister (a combined alpine and Nordic competition), was 39th in skate and classical, putting him in the top for first-year J2’s.”He’s just kind of getting his feet wet,” Weiland said. “Just getting there was amazing. We have him for three more years – that’s great.”Tony Ryerson, a sophomore in his second year with Nordic, was 28th in classical and 38th in skate. Chris Woods, last year’s Skimeister, was 26th in sprints, just outside of qualifying, and took 37th in classical and 50th in skate. Ryerson and Woods teamed up with Summit skier for the relay and took seventh.”It was not just great individual results, but as a team, we skied better than we had all year,” Weiland said. Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.