Saturday, the Wasatch Citizen Series kicked off with a classic sprint at Soldier Hollow. This format was new to the Wasatch Citizen Series and worked great with the limited machine made snow at Soldier Hollow. The U14 skiers all skied a mass start .8km course from the stadium part way up the hollow did a hairpin and then went up to the lodge. It was a challenging and exciting course! The U14 and older skiers followed the same course but did an individual start qualification round followed by a mass start "heat" with the skiers in their category. It was very fun to watch everyone battle up the hill for a spot on the podium!
Team Soldier Hollow had a strong showing with many podiums throughout the age categories. Starting with the U8 boys Jacob Chamberlain and Eli Sullivan finished 2nd and 3rd. In the U10 girls Montana Leonard finished 2nd. On the boys side Team Soldier Hollow had a U10 sweep with Phillip Radu, Maddux Leonard, and Easton Boyer! Sophia Burkemo and Reed Chamberlain both stood atop the podium in the U12 girls and boys categories.
The U14 and older skiers got to ski the course twice. The first time was an individual start time trial and the second was a heat with the top 5 or 6 skiers in the category battling head to head for out for the win. In the U14 boys Mason Heimburger continued the Soldier Hollow podium streak finishing 3rd. In the U16 boys Xander Burkemo and Spencer Brosnahan took 1st and 2nd. On the girls side, Ingird Norton finished 2nd in the U18 girls category. Fischer Heimburger finished and Adam Brown finished 1st and 3rd to round out the day for Team Soldier Hollow.
The racing continues on Saturday with a skate race at White Pine Nordic Center in Park City. For more information go to the calendar page. Full results from Saturday's race can be found HERE.