Summer Inline Series Night #2 Results

The second night of the Summer Inline Series provided the twenty skaters with another night of beautiful weather.  Both the Elites and the Over/Under group competed in four events and seemed to be having a good.

Elites

Point Totals for Night #2:

Kelin= 40
Tom = 36
Greg= 30
Arne=  27
Melissa= 23
Michael = 22
Adam = 14
Stefan= 13
Sami = 11
The elite group was advised at the start of races that next weeks races would be shorter and higher tempo so as not to drain their legs before the Apostle Island Inline Marathon.  The wiser skaters in the pack quickly realized what that meant for the evenings races – longer efforts.  The first event of the night for the Elites was a brisk 12 lap event.  Kelin Dunfee made his first trip to the Summer Inline Series and quickly established himself as the one to beat (spoiler alert – no one beat him).   The large pack held together in the 12 lap event for the first 7 laps.  At that point Kelin, Tom, Arne, and Greg started to distance themselves from the field.  With three laps to go it was down to Tom and Kelin. With one to go Kelin eased passed Tom for his first win of the series.
The second race was a three lap event.  Kelin sprinted off the line and the startled field scrambled after him.  Adam and Stefan caught up and hung on for awhile before they blew up.  The third event, a six lap race, provided the most dramatic finishes of the evening. Dunfee would win every race with only this one being close as he seemed to toy with Tom Peterson who would once again take second in every race. There was also a photo finish for third, fourth, and fifth, as Arne, Greg, Melissa, and Michael came across the line in rapid succession.
Racing concluded with a four lap event that tested skaters endurance after three grueling rounds of racing in warm weather. Miller proved to have the best conditioning as he jumped up to take third ahead of Arne, and Melissa.

Total Points After Two Nights:

Tom Peterson = 72
Arne Boberg = 57
Greg Miller = 51
Michael Mullery= 44
Jeff Terwilliger = 40
Kelin Dunfee = 40
Melissa Dahlmann= 39
Adam Johnson = 28
Randy Landucci = 20
Stefan = 13
Sami = 11

Over/Under Group:

Night 2 Totals:

Jesse Peterson: 39
Greta: 33
Darrell: 27
Emily: 25
Michael Johnson: 25
Rebekah: 21
Kevin Johnson: 19
Kylie: 13
Isla: 13
Hans: 6
Kate: 3
Midway Speedskating Club and their coach Rebekah Dyrud Raftshol were in attendance and they brought some speed.  I have socks older than these kids, but Greta and Emily were flying.  The Over/Under group, as Kevin Johnson dubbed it based on its composition of over the hill skaters and under aged skaters, competed in 2 lap, 4 lap, 1 lap, and 2 lap events.  With 11 skaters in the group the starting line was crowded, but within a single turn the various skill levels of the skaters had them well spread out. Jesse would once again dominate, but was pushed by Sami and Adam Johnson who were skating every race (but were only scored in the Elite category).  Michael Johnson sprang out of the gate in the first race and picked up a big win, but Jesse bounced back to win the next three.
For the girls, Greta (or the girl in the “soccer shirt”, as I jotted down in my notes to help identify her) would finish right behind Michael and Jesse in three of her races and jump into second place in the second event. Emily (a/k/a “purple/bluish shirt”) routinely finish a strong fourth place.  The youths skill levels varied, but training and competing in this type of environment is how skaters get comfortable on their edges, and build confidence.   Most of these kids having bright futures as ice speedskaters, so they should be encouraged to skate and compete on inline skates in the summer.  Inline training has been highly successful for skaters like Joey Mantia and Paul Dyrud.  Elites were supportive and encouraging and very appreciative of the longer breaks provided between races by having more skaters.

Total Points After Two Nights:

Jesse Peterson: 69
Michael Johnson: 62
Kylie Peterson: 42
Kevin Johnson: 35
Greta: 33
Darrell: 27
Emily: 25
Rebekah: 21
Michael Pekarik: 16
Isla: 13
Hans: 6
Susan: 6
Kate: 3