Friday, August 7, 2009


The Green Lake Tris will celebrate their 6th anniversary on Sunday. In the men's Olympic race, South Dakota's Mark Lavin will be going for his 3rd consecutive win and there's no reason to bet against him. Additionally, Richfield's Lucas Pedersen should reach the podium for the 3rd consecutive year.

The women's Olympic race will be interesting, with 2006 Green Lake Sprint champ Mary Leedahl, who was coming out of North Dakota then and now resides in Madison, Wisconsin, facing last year's runner-up Kathleen Dewahl of St. Paul, and 2009 Paul Bunyan winner Laurel Sundberg of Minnetonka. All three of these girls have improved dramatically over the last year. This one's too close to call. (NOTE: Blue Earth's Suzie Olsen could steal a podium spot if any of the aforementioned girls falter.)

What about the Sprint race?

The women's field appears to be deeper than the men's. While Hopkin's Robert Brown should repeat for the boys, Jill Ellenbecker of Coon Rapids, Waconia's Tammy Marker, a former winner and two-time runner-up here, and Lynn Scheevel of Albert Lea, should duke-it-out over spots on the girls podium. And let's throw the ubiquitous Pam Zachman of Golden Valley, into the mix as well, despite the fact that she will have raced in Nevis on Saturday. Zachman, recent winner at Lakefront Days, was 2nd here last year.

Who should win?

Marker should be the fave but hasn't raced, or at least visibly, since 2006. Ellenbecker should pick up her first career multi win on Sunday.