After being postponed a week due to frigid temperatures, the Cody Nordic ski races were held Friday and Saturday at Pahaska.

The Broncs and Fillies used the home trails to their advantage, with every skier racing solid during the weekend and feeling good heading to state next week.

“With over 42 inches of fresh new snow last week, the athletes would not be going into state feeling so excited about their own potential and accomplishments without the outstanding grooming and fast race courses by the Park County Nordic Ski Association,” coach Meggin Becker said. “It was a great two races for us.”

Kelly Walsh and Natrona also attended the races. Marshall Brookins said the team wanted to have a good showing on its home courses.

“We wanted to show them what makes us Cody,” he said. “Skiing at home definitely brought us more confidence.”

In the 8K skate race on Friday, Brookins finished fourth in 26:39.1, Landon Rau 12th in 28:52.2 and Luis Mata 24th in 36:38.6.

“I felt good in my races and like I was going very fast,” Mata said. “Knowing the trails, we could relax a little bit but the team as a whole did really good.”

For the girls, Elisa Wachob finished eighth in 30:19.0.

“The snow was slower and the wind was blowing in your face, but it wasn’t too bad,” Wachob said. 

Liberty Laing finished 28th in 37:38.4 and Hayley Pearson-Horner 31st in 40:28.3.

“Yesterday was windy, which sucked a little bit,” Laing said of Friday’s race. “The 8K skate is the longest race I’ve done so far. It was a hard course and I nervous, but after I was done I felt good about it.”

Saturday, Brookins finished third in the 6K classic race in 21:14.9. Rau took ninth in 23:13.9 and Mata 25th in 29:11.3.

“It was really fast and the competition was good too,” Brookins said. “It was super fun I had a blast in the race.”

Wachob finished ninth in the girls race in 26:22.5.

“It was an amazing course with super fast tracks,” Wachob said. “I loved racing at home. Going down Middle Fork was super fun because it’s really fast. I felt really strong the whole time. It was my fastest classic race all year.”

Pearson-Horner was 26th in 30:39.5 and Laing 30th in 32:55.7.

“I really enjoyed my first home meet,” Laing said Saturday. “The course was really nice and it’s really pretty weather.”

The state races are this weekend in Casper.

“State will be exciting to see what all the hard work, determination, and dedication provide,” Becker said.

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