Ortiz, Middaugh win at Beaver Creek
Ortiz, who placed eighth at the World Championships, posted a time of 55 minutes, 38 seconds, outdistancing runner-up Danelle Ballengee of Dillon by 32 seconds, while Team Atlas’ Syl Corbett of Boulder finished third, 1:13 off the pace with a time of 57:51.
The women’s 10K top five was rounded out by a second Team Atla competitor, Julie Hudetz of Broomfield in fourth and Breckenridge’s Helen Cospolich in fifth. Saturday’s win marks the second consecutive 10K victory for Ortiz in 2002-2003 Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series action.
For the men, Middaugh, who placed 29th at the Worlds, recorded a time of 47:56 to edge Scott Gall of Manitou Springs by 23 seconds, while Silt’s Bernie Boettcher claimed the third-place spot, 1:11 off the pace, with a time of 49:07. Gall had claimed the win in the opening Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series 10K in December.
In the East-West 5K Quest, Lisa Goldsmith of Nederland recorded her second-consecutive win in the series, while Jason Brandt of Manitou Springs earned top honors for the men. Goldsmith defeated Greeley’s Amanda Ewing by 3:22, while Brandt outdistanced Scott Gray of Jonestown, Penn., by 23 seconds to pick up the win.
In the Beaver Creek “Dash For Cash” 100-yard sprint, Vail’s Lisa Isom and Lisa Jhung of Boulder tied for top honors in the women’s field while Boulder’s Gary Van Guilder claimed the $100 prize for the men.
Briana Gunnarson of Longmont and Gypsum’s Louis Van Beek were victorious in the Kids K.
The 2002-2003 Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series will continue Feb. 22 with the third race in the series, while the final event, the North American Snowshoe Championships, is on tap for March 15.