Baic, Dawson, Durand, Lipp win
TRAVERSE CITY — Milan Baic said his legs felt like “jello” after Saturday’s Vasa 50K freestyle.
A few hours of rest was all he needed as Baic came back to win the 16K classic on Sunday in a time of 52:13.
He beat Dan Yankus by six seconds. Yankus was timed in 52:19. Ryan Harris was third (52:33), Dave Lomas fourth (52:44) and Clay Darling fifth (53:32).
Montana’s Natalie Dawson won the women’s 16K in 1:02:52. She was followed by Jessica Schwab (1:04:15), Rebecca Davis (1:04:50), Ann Wagar (1:09:20), Brenda Carlson-Brown (1:10:34).
Interlochen’s Ian Durand and Traverse City’s Erin Lipp captured the 6K classic. Durand won the men’s division in 23:20. He was followed by Kyle Dotterrer (23:32), David Butryn (23:36), Sean Brownell (23:51) and Mark Smith (24:03).
Lipp, a Traverse City Central racer, took the women’s division in 25:29 — 29 seconds ahead of Heidi Schwab (25:58). Sarah Goble (26:29), Emma Schwab (29:03) and Hayley Payden (29:49) followed.
Complete results are in Scoreboard.
TC Central to host indoor track meet
TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Central will host a MITS (Michigan Indoor Track Series) indoor track meet Saturday in the high school gymnasium.
Doors open at 2 p.m. with the meet starting at 3. The meet is open to any high school student.
Two events will be contested — boys and girls high jump and shot put. It will be the last qualifier before the MITS state meet on Feb. 22 at Central Michigan University.
Sleeping Bear trail campaign hits $2M
TRAVERSE CITY — The Pathways to Sleeping Bear campaign has reached the $2 million milestone in private fundraising.
The first 4-mile section of trail connecting Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb opened in June of 2012. Construction of the next 5.5-mile segment from the Dune Climb south to Empire is expected to be complete by July.
Less than $125,000 is needed to reach the $775,000 private fundraising goal to extend the trail north from Glen Arbor, through Port Oneida and on to Bohemian Road (Co Rd 669). Construction of this trail segment will begin in 2015 with a 2016 completion date. It will bring the trail length to over 17 miles.
Donors of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a permanent donor plaza to be constructed at the Dune Climb in the spring. In addition, donors of $5,000 or more will receive a limited edition signed print of an illustrated trail map created by local artist Glenn Wolff. To donate or learn more about the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail visit www.sleepingbeartrail.org or contact Pam Darling at email@example.com or by calling 941-4300.
Heritage Trail open house Saturday
GLEN ARBOR — Trail enthusiasts are invited to a Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the historic log cabin in D.H. Day Campground.
Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the trail and discuss volunteer opportunities.