April 28, 2010 -- Glenwood Springs, CO
The Glenwood Wildwater Jubilee Races went well this past weekend. This Jubilee was our sixth and each year they grow
in both numbers and in overall quality of the paddling. Starting out as an intimate club recreational outing aimed
at promoting wildwater it has evolved into a regional level race with this year's event having 23 racers representing
six club teams. This year we had kids competing for the Western US Junior Team, for the Western Wildwater Cup Series
Points, for the Colorado High School Cup Series, and as well we had recreational class racers that were having their
own downriver event. As with almost every Wildwater race in Colorado adult classes are included with a great value
placed on having their example serve to promote our sport to our developing racers.
Qualifying for the Western US Jr. Team in the K-1 M Jr. class were Spencer Lacy, Cully Brown, and JP Griffith with
Patrick Gauder serving as the alternate. Spencer and JP both qualified for the second time and Spencer had the fastest
times for all classes in both the sprint and classic races. While being from opposite sides of Colorado both Spencer
and Cully have a common quality of being top level Nordic Ski Racers, another high fitness sport that we should
promote as one to cross train in. Qualifying in the K-1W jr. class were Peyton Heitzman and Samantha Cole-Johnson.
Sam qualified last year as a back-up alternate and prevailed in the longer classic race. Peyton is a local paddler
who trains on not just Shoshone but on other pushy and technical rivers. Peyton did better on the challenging sprint course.
For the second straight year we had a gender-barrier breaking performance put in by the C-2 W team of Sarah Niemeyer
and Cassidy Sainsbury. Last spring the girls successfully raced in high water and foul weather at the Western Team trial.
While the ICF and USACK now recognizes C-2W as a class, as the US has since title IX was enacted, Cassidy and Sarah are
still outside of the box and didn't not enjoy a great amount of acceptance or credibility outside of that in our own
region. The condensed version of their tale is that the girls had no C-2W race to compete in at the Jr. World
Championships, nor openings for recognition as forerunners at this event. This past weekend Cassidy and Sarah ran
the upper section of Shoshone, described by most familiar with it as a "World Cup Race"caliber wildwater course.
They were credible in the classic race as well finishing within a couple of percentage points of their K-1W Jr. peers.
Sarah and Cassidy join three other Colorado junior female wildwater canoeists in recent years who have stood alone on
the podium at Nationally and Internationally sanctioned wildwater races having raced in recognized events. Until
others show up and do the women's events better they are the best on the Planet in what they do. Not many high school
age kids san make that claim. However humble the recognition, congratulations again girls, you are still without fears
and definitely without peers. Congratulations to all qualifiers for making the Western US Jr. Wildwater team.
The Jubilee however is about more than the team trials. This event had paddlers from all over representing a group of
clubs (Dawson School, CRMS, Durango Whitewater, Gunnison, Whitewater Engineering-Team Lacy, and Great Blue Heron; that
have differing agendas and focuses. For all of the diversity every racer/boater there has an accomplishment to be proud
of and hopefully a sense of the challenges and rewards that wildwater offers. I was very impressed with the positive
attitude, the maturity, and the paddling abilities shown by those in the recreational kayak and open canoe classes.
It is easy to point at the kids with years of race experience who are on a track of becoming senior level wildwater
racers and to be awed. (What you were doing for fun at age 16?) I was just as impressed at our event this year by the
kids who came in from a different track, who will be running Cataract Canyon in a few weeks, or who are more focused
on Nordic skiing at the time, or who are aiming to doing well in the US Open Canoe Nationals on the Ark this summer.
We wish them well in those endeavors and invite them back for future wildwater races as well.
| ||1st run||2nd run||Total|
|K-1 Men|| || || |
|Mason Lacy (K-1 Sr)||1:43||1:46||3:29|
|K-1W|| || || |
|Samantha (Sam) Cole-Johnson||2:25||2:37||5:02|
|C-2 W|| || || |
|Sarah Niehmeyer/Cassidy Sainbury||2:50||2:50||5:00|
|K-1 M Rec|| || || |
|Juan Pablo Alcocer||2:06||2:02||4:08|
|Kyung Joon "KJ" Min||2:25||2:25||4:50|
|K-1 Men|| |
|Jeremy Rogers (K-1 Sr.)||13:36|
|Mason Lacy (K-1 Sr)||14:01|
|Gary Lacy (K-1 Sr.)||14:09|
|Peter Benedict (K-1 Sr)||15:19|
|Samantha (Sam) Cole-Johnson||17:04|
|C-2 W|| |
|Cassidy Sainsbury/Sarah Niemeyer||17:23|
|OC-2 Rec|| |
|Zach Gallop/Conner Gafner||17:39|
|Nathan Leslie/Evan Cornish||24:21|
|K-1 Rec|| |
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