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Miller and Guiney leading the 15k classic at Wirth Park (Photo Skinnyski.com)

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Lustgarten on the podium in 2nd in the men's 20k classic (Photo Skinnyski.com)

GRP Skiers Race Cogne World Cup and Minneapolis SuperTour

Last Updated: 19.Feb.2019

Green Racing Project skiers had good results both abroad and in the States this weekend. Three GRP skiers raced in the World Cup in Cogne, Italy, the final World Cup weekend before World Championships. Five more athletes were in Minneapolis, MN for SuperTour races at Theodore Wirth Park.

Cogne World Cup

The weekend kicked off Saturday with a freestyle sprint. Ida Sargent showed her consistency in sprint qualification on the World Cup, once more making the rounds in 28th place. She raced in the first quarterfinal heat and placed 5th, moving up to 24th place on the day. The following day brought 10/15k individual start classic races. Caitlin Patterson had the top GRP result, taking 36th in the women's 10k. Sargent placed 49th. In the men's 15k, Adam Martin took 49th.

Results from the Cogne World Cup are available on FIS-ski.com. The World Championships kick off with a freestyle sprint on February 21st. GRP skiers Patterson, Sargent, Martin, and Ben Lustgarten are all on the US squad racing at World Championships, so stay tuned for results!

Minneapolis SuperTour

Meanwhile, the domestic skiers took on a three race SuperTour at Theodore Wirth, the site of next year's North American World Cup stop. The first race brought freestyle sprints. In women's qualification, Kaitlynn Miller led the way with a 4th place, followed by Liz Guiney in 5th, and Corey Stock in 16th. In men's qualification, Akeo Maifeld-Carucci placed 8th and Ben Lustgarten took 13th. The women raced 4 heats, with 4 women each. Guiney advanced through the quarterfinal and semifinal, and finished 4th in the A Final. Miller was second in her quarterfinal and 3rd in her semifinal, taking 6th overall. Stock finished 4th in her quarterfinal, for 16th overall. On the men's side, Maifeld-Carucci advanced all the way to the A Final as well, where he placed 5th after an unfortunate detour around a parked groomer in the trail! Lustgarten placed 3rd in his semifinal, and 6th overall. 

The following day brought mass start classic races. The men went first, racing 20k. Lustgarten broke away with one other athlete, and ultimately finished 2nd. Maifeld-Carucci took 10th in a sprint to the line. In the women's 15k, Miller broke the field and skied to a solo victory. Guiney was close behind in 3rd, and Stock finished 7th. The final day of competition brought 5/10k individual start freestyle races. In the women's 5k, Miller took 5th place and Guiney finished 9th. On the men's side, Maifeld-Carucci placed 3rd, and Lustgarten was close behind in 5th. Results from the weekend are available on Superior Timing. The SuperTour continues next weekend with the American Birkebeiner in Hayward, Wisconsin.