NCAA National Champion Matt Gelso, a former Far West Nordic junior skier, took the win at Sunday’s 10 kilometer Snowshoe Thompson Classic ski race, beating his next competitor by almost a minute.
Gelso, who won the NCAA 10-kilometer classic race in March and is a member of the Far West Nordic Senior “Farm Team,” cruised the demanding course at Auburn Ski Club, a training center in Truckee, in 27 minutes, 10 seconds. Gelso was skiing for the University of Colorado when he won the championship. He also finished third in the freestyle race.
Former Olympic speed skater Beth Reid won the women’s division and was 13th overall. She covered the two 5-kilometer laps in 32:23.
The race was a Junior Olympic qualifier, and was sponsored by Silver Sage Performance Center in Reno.