First-Timers take 50K titles at Northern Michigan VASA

TRAVERSE CITY – First-time Northern Michigan VASA entrants Andy Liebner and Angela Palomaki took top honors in the 50K freestyle races at Timber Ridge Resort on Saturday. For extended video from today's racing, and reactions from Liebner and Palomaki, click the “Play Video” link. Below are the top three finishers in each of the five races: 50K – Freestyle Mens: 1. Andy Liebner – 2:33:20 2. Benjamin Lannin – 2:28:49 3. Jeff Koch – 2:29:29 Womens: 1. Angela Palomaki – 2:53:10 2. Amy Wichern – 3:02:10 3. Debbie Mizikowski – 3:09:13 27K – Classic Mens: 1. Randal Bladel – 1:42:00 2. Jim Harrington – 1:42:02 3. Rob Fox – 1:42:04 Womens: 1. Kathy Cook-Dowd – 2:05:17 2. Sara Cockrell – 2:20:12 3. Amy Kostrzewa – 2:23:09 27K – Freestyle Mens: 1. Milan Baic – 1:17:46 2. Nick Johnson – 1:19:23 3. Tyler Jenema – 1:22:43 Womens: 1. Joan Rundman – 1:32:48 2. Susan Vigland – 1:34:13 3. Cheryl Darnton – 1:38:51 12K – Classic Mens: 1. Barry O'Brien – 1:03:48 2. Ken Roth – 1:07:46 3. Mark Koschmann – 1:08:23 Womens: 1. Kennedy Cullen – 1:08:49 2. Linda McInally – 1:10:20 3. Alyssa Padden – 1:10:59 12K – Freestyle Mens: 1. Evan Cover – 38:35 2. Greg Brown – 41:15 3. James Padden – 41:21 Womens: 1. Hilde Gronvold – 43:51 2. Maria Frick – 44:06 3. Hannah Meachum – 49:31