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High Cascades 100

Posted by: Jen Hanks |August 8, 2011 2:26 AM
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Presented by Hammer Nutrition

High Cascades 100 Race Report

By Ryan O’Dell

The infamous Grouse of Mt. Bachelor that was the buzz at last year’s High Cascades 100, fiercely defending its turf and pecking racer’s along a section of trail that even forced the reigning NUE Champ, Jeff Schalk (Trek) to defend himself by placing his bike between himself and the perturbed bird, failed to make a third year appearance, no doubt, a relief to racers who experienced the fury of the small, yet formidable fowl.

Thanks to hundreds of downed trees, the redesigned HC100 course featured 75 miles of single track as heavy snows pushed the race a bit closer to town this year with a 35 mile opening loop that featured just 1500 feet of climbing in the first 20 miles and close to 3000 for the last 15. It included the recently completed Steve Larsen Trail, welcoming the NUE Series as the first racers to compete on this trail. The race donated $5000.00 to the local trail organization COTA (Central Oregon Trail Alliance) which provides trail access and opportunity in partnership with the Deschutes National Forest

Men’s Open

With Jeff Schalk and Christian Tanguy (Team CF) recuperating from the Breck 100, this year’s HC100 battle became one between the 2010 High Cascades 100 Champion Cary Smith (Hammer Nutrition) and six time Breckenridge 100 Champion, Josh Tostado,( santacruz/shimano/maxxis) who appeared to have, somehow, recovered from last weekend’s 10,000 foot epic battle with the NUE defending Champion.

According to race winner, Smith who finished in 8:37:33, "It was great! It was a good day and the first hundred miler I finished this year so I didn’t really know what to expect.  It was fun, Josh Tostado and I got a little gap early on then, about 15 miles into the race. He, unfortunately, crashed (laughing) as we were having a little too much fun on the whoopty-doos on the Tiddly Winks descent. He nailed the take-off on a little double but missed the landing and ended up in a tree and broke his seatpost (more laughter).  He fell off and I heard he got it replaced but it was a bummer because I didn’t really know what pace to set so I just kept going at what I thought was a good pace and it worked out fine.”

When asked about the dried blood on his face and ear, Smith responded, (laughing) "ya know, Its Oregon, you can’t crash without hittin’ a tree around here. (more laughter) I went down twice and hit trees both times. One time, I caught a handlebar and it turned me right in and got my face and the other time I just lost the front wheel and ended up again in a tree so yeah, its tight, of course it’s beautiful and clean, but there is just a lot of trees.”  

Asked about his nutrition that day, Smith, who is sponsored by Hammer Nutrition, admitted that he only used hammer products and no solid foods from the aid stations. He replied, "I use a menagerie of Hammer products. The drink I use is one bottle that is a mixture of Hammer Heed and Sustained Energy and then the other bottle would be an Endurolyte Fizz, something a little lighter but still something more than water. I am eating Hammer Gels and a couple bars. For gels, I use a flask, 5-6 shots per flask, and probably went through, like, ten to twelve flasks.

When asked about whether he was planning to compete in any upcoming NUE races, "I hope so, it just depends on how I feel in two weeks, but I should be in Pierre’s Hole. It’s in my backyard and a great race. Andy Williams puts on a fantastic race and it’s a good course so I hope to be there if I’m recovered and then Park City Point to Point. I went to Michigan in hopes of doing four but had an awful day and didn’t finish, couldn’t hang with those guys.”

Josh Tostado finished second, just ten minutes behind Smith, making up for lost time following a crash suffered early in the race. "When I hit the tree, I sat on my seat, and dead stopped and just snapped it half.” To which Race director, Mike Ripley added (laughing), "You realize you just climbed 3000 feet with a broken seat to get back here for a seat change”. 

James Gritters at Sagebrush Cycles of Bend offered Tostado a saddle at the aid station that allowed him to finish. Tostado replied, "I felt great, it was like it all came together coming back here after suffering two flats last year. I got the seat so quick, and, all of a sudden it was like, I’m back in it. It was so cool, I’m pumped, maybe I will go out and ride some more! (Laughing) Maybe next year I can have no flats, no broken seats, no hittin’ trees, but then again, ya know, maybe that’s what makes it even more interesting.”

Finishing third, 9:04:19, Michael Tobin (George's/Niner) of Boise, Idaho had this to say, "I’ve never made so many turns in my life, unbelievable single-track. I’m gonna take some days off (laughing). Carey and I used to race in the early nineties and then I did X-Terra and Adventure racing so I spent a lot of time on mountain bikes. 

When asked whether he planned to compete in any other NUE races, Tobin replied (laughing), "Ya know, the last twenty miles I was thinking, ahh, nahhhh, this is a once year type of thing, this is brutal. I can’t believe these guys do this consistently. But it suits my interests well. I love checking out new places, riding new areas, and doin’ long rides so I’m sure I will.”

Troy Barry (Hammer Nutrition), of Jackson, WY, claimed he burned 8000 calories en-route to his fourth place finish,  9:14:45, despite suffering an unusual confrontation with a portly spectator, right before Tumalo, who fell backward onto Barry as he rode by, causing him to crash.

According to Barry,  "Coming out of skyliners feed with about sixty miles to go, she was standin’ there with her bike in the trail, and I said, I’m goin’ right, right, and then as I’m going about 18mph by her she just fell backwards, on top of me, on my back wheel and just taco’d it!”

Fortunately for Barry, he was able to replace his wheel and rotor, cannibalizing another bike with the help of JRad of Sunnyside Sports of Bend who took just nine minutes for the repair, allowing Barry to get back into the race. "I went flying into the woods. It wasn’t so funny at the time but it’s funny now that I got a wheel.

I ran to skyliners feed and then, we threw the wheel in but it wouldn’t line up because I had a different size rotor, so we had to replace the rotor too. So I’m standin’ there, and I’m watching my watch and they are sayin’ calm down, calm down, and I’m like, no, don’t calm down, I was about to catch third and like, we’re racing!

Then, Ben Aufderheide came through and I had about three minutes on him at that point and then another friend of mine, Clint Muhlfeld (Sportsman-Hammer) came in and he went out and now we’re at seven minutes and then Chris Peariso came by, who had a problem earlier. He tore his deraillier hanger off on Tiddley-Winks. He had raced his way back through but all I’m thinkin’ is, I just went from fourth to seventh. I started to panic but they were great, knew what they were doin’ and I was off.

I decided I was just gonna go hard and I was feelin’ good through mile 70 so I put it in the big chain ring and told myself, your either gonna blow up or you’re gonna catch people. As I caught the first guy it gave me some confidence, then I caught Clint, and then up where the snow was I caught Ben. I never got to third but that was ok.”

Asked about the upcoming Pierre’s Hole 100 that Barry directs, "I was out there between Breck and here and all the snow is off the course so we are going to be able to run all the single-track we built last fall. I will be getting the course prepped beginning this week and we do have some new single-track that I think people are going to like. We are taking out one of the cat track road climbs and putting in more single-track into the course.”

                                                    

Women’s Open

Defending NUE Series Champion, Amanda Carey (Kenda-Felt), moves into the top spot following her win in Bend, an impressive 10:03:14. Carey claimed that, for her, the HC100 was more difficult than the high altitude Breckenridge 100, "It was just full gas the whole time. There was no rest, no mental rest. There was very few sections where you could just pedal and gain time.

I led for 60 miles and Alice was stuck on my wheel. I know Alice, we used to race cross together and cross country. I kind of rode my pace and she was smart, and just stayed there. She pulled around and we got into one of the very few sections that was double-track and she pulled in front and just started to push it. So I said, all right, if she’s gonna go, I’m gonna go.

I just sat there and it was definitely pushing it for me. It was faster than I would have normally ridden but I have the knowledge of having so many of these in my legs and knowing what my body is going to do in reaction and I was comfortable doing that. This is my first HC100 but I heard great things about this race. It was very well run and equal payout’s for women is always nice. I chose to go to nationals last weekend and then come out here.”

Carey is planning to compete next at the Pierre’s Hole 100 and the Park City P2P. "I have really, really great sponsors like Kenda, Felt and Hammer Nutrition who are behind me and see the passion and strength that I have for the longer distance and they are all for it. I’m just doing what I love to be doing and it’s easier to go fast when you’re happy.”

When asked what was most difficult about the race, Carey replied, "I think the hardest part was that it was really hard to make up time. None of the single-track was really technical, there were few rocky sections, but the second you really started to push it in the single-track you’d overcook the corner. I lost my front wheel four or five times in the first four or five miles and that’s when I started to back it off a bit. I think that is why the finishing times were so long because it was super punishing and you had to be 100% focused on the line because it was really tight single-track.  Great race, great promoter, I’m happy its part of the NUE Series and I will be back!”                 

Finishing second in the women’s open was Alice Pennington (Team S&M) 10:19:39. "I was happy I finished this race because I didn’t know I was gonna do it until two weeks ago until I got a free entry from Sue Butler who dropped out due to a knee injury. I was like, well, I guess I’ll do it since it’s free, what have it got to lose?

I had no idea. It would have been nice to have a little more volume. I’ve never done a century on a mountain bike but long rides are nothing new to me. I’ve been doing some road training and trying to stay in shape for cyclo-cross.”

When asked how she felt about the race, Pennington replied, "It was rad, I just wasn’t quite as fit as I would have like to be which made for a bit of a long day (laughing). I had a great time. There were some really sick trails out there and the climbs were pretty heinous. I was with Amanda Carey until about mile 60 and I was pretty proud of myself because she is a very fit person.

Then there was this hot, endless climb and I felt like I was gonna puke.  I think I made the mistake of going in front, showing my poker cards a bit, and I was starting to go slow. I should have just stayed on her wheel. Then she noticed I was goin’ slow and kind of punched it a little bit so once she got out of sight I was like, all-right, I gotta just pull it together and…FINISH (laughing). I would love to give her a run for her money again sometime (grinning). 

Serena Bishop (Silverado/Sunnyside Sports) of Bend, finished third at 10:28:05. She had this to say, "It was hard, harder than last year. I got third last year and I was fifteen minutes faster this year but my GPS said it was 106 miles this year (laughing). Last year I just rode it and it turned out well but this year I tried to race. After we came through the first aid station, they were probably 30-45 seconds ahead of me and then, going down sector 16 I lost them, I don’t know what happened.

Alice is a really good descender so I figured she would put some time on me on the downhill and she did. I am ten minutes behind her in a cross country race so I’m pleased. I haven’t done any other hundreds but I like them.”   

 

Single Speed Open

Defending NUE Single Speed Champion, Gerry Pflug (Salsa/Pro Bikes) made it five wins out of six straight NUE races as he continues to mightily defend his Single Speed crown. Although recovering from a hard fought seventh place finish at the Breck 100, just a week ago, where he suffered from the effects of the 10,000’ plus altitude, the Pfluginator reportedly blasted off from the starting line on the first climb, disappeared from the sight of his competitors and was never seen or heard from again until he crossed the finish line at 9:22:37.

Pflug had this to say, "I got out with a group of fast geared guys on the first loop and just kept my pace up, never saw another single-speeder, and kind of kept my pace with the geared guys. Some of the climbs were just endless. You would think you were at the top but you weren’t. Highline was a real tough trail, there were some snow drifts but it was great. I looked over my shoulder every chance I had a climb but didn’t see anybody so I just kept goin’ hard, ya know.”

Pflug will be heading to the Wilderness 101 in PA and then off to the Pierre’s Hole 100 the following weekend where it’s possible he could gain a lock on the series title. "I’m gonna take some time off after that (laughing).”

Greg Martin (Club Ride/American Classic) finished second, 9:39:14. Martin had this to say, "Couldn’t ask for any better. That was about 80 miles of single-track and every bit of it was some of the most fun single track you could ask for. First time doing this race but it was well marked and everyone was super helpful. Pflug was off the front from the gun and I never saw the Pfluginator. There was one road climb on lap two that was a bit rugged. You thought you were at the top of it but instead it just switched back and got steeper (laughing) so it was a bit deflating when you saw the second pitch but it wasn’t too long.

I heard about the Grouse, and I was watchin’ for the Grouse, but no Grouse (laughing). I had a good race but just didn’t have quite the legs to catch the Pfluginator, I guess. I will be at Pierre’s Hole in a couple of weeks and then Fool’s Gold in Georgia after that and possibly the Park City Point to Point the week after that so this is really my first race of the season.”

Mike Shane (Club Ride Apparel) finished third 9:50:58 riding a Niner One Nine. "It was fun. I definitely had moments when I thought I was lost (laughing) but I never actually did get lost. I rode a lot by myself and with my teammate. You know, when you’re out there sometimes by yourself and your looking around and it’s beautiful, and then go, huh, where is everybody (laughing)?!  So I had those moments sometimes and then I would see a marker and kept on goin’.

It was getting’ warm later in the day and every time I went by this crazy creek I was tempted to jump in the water. My bike worked great and the only thing was that my Ergon bar end on the right side came loose. I was wrenching up a little punchy climb and pulled that thing right up and flew off my bike (laughing). It wasn’t broke but came loose after I fell and smashed it on a rock. I just didn’t feel like stopping to fix it.

The guy that got second was my teammate and we rode together for about 65-70 miles and that’s usually when Greg decides to turn the screws on me and he did again today. I was actually catching up to him on the climbs but he’s just really fast on the descents and that’s where he was putting time on me.  I did NOT see Pflug. I heard, right off the bat, he took off. I heard a couple guys go, oh, there he goes, and I’m like, what? What?! I was shivering at that point.” Shane is planning to head to Pierre’s Hole and Park City Point to Point. Shane and his wife are also expecting a baby soon.  

                        

Masters 50+ Open

The Masters division is in total disarray with no clear leader although Bill Holden (Holden Brothers) retains his lead in the NUE Masters division for yet another round.

Doug Andrews (www.GeoLadders.com) "The HULK” of Mission Veijo, California, with his third NUE Series win at the HC100, 9:49:04, nearly two hours ahead of his nearest competitor in the Masters Division, has become a major threat to defending NUE Reigning Masters Champion, Robert Herriman (TREK 29ER CREW/WSC/ACFSTORES.COM) who has first place finishes at the Mohican 100 and the Lumberjack 100 and a third place finish at Cohutta.

Andrews is not only the masters winner, he was among the top ten overall at Breckenridge and the top fifteen at HC100. Can anyone hold his tail?!!

"I rode with Matt Woodruff, who finished eighth in the Men’s Open, for about seventy miles. I know him and have ridden with him before. We had a really great day up until about 95 miles and then I got a flat and broke my deraillier cable so I was a single-speeder from there out. 

I did this last year, up here. Bend is a great place to ride, endless trails, lot of twisty single-track. One of the challenges is that it’s difficult to eat because the trail is so demanding that you don’t even get a chance to grab anything out of your pocket.

It was just a good day until those small problems at the end of the race. I was like, it’s only five miles or so to the end, unfortunately, there was a little more tacked on there (laughing) and some big climbs.”  The course was actually closer to 106 miles. "I had to get off my bike for a number of climbs. I was on a 28x11 gearing and I thought I could make it but my legs felt like I was the Hulk for a while.”

Andrew’s next race will be the Pierre’s Hole 100 and the Park City P2P.

Finishing second was Mitchell Berger (Lactic Acid) of Boise, Idaho at 11:47:26 and third on the podium this year was local rider Don Leet (Sunnyside Sports) of Bend at 11:48:14.

Next up for the NUE Series: The Wilderness 101 in State College, PA. 

Results:

Women’s Open

1

Carey

Amanda

10:03:14.0

2

Pennington

Alice

10:19:39.0

3

Bishop-Gordon

Serena

10:28:05.0

4

Rose

Megan

11:21:31.0

5

O'Dea

Namrita

11:25:45.0

6

Thompson

Val

11:46:55.0

7

Infurna-Bean

Dawn

12:00:55.0

8

Duncan

Claire

12:04:49.0

9

Atkinson

Monilee

12:12:26.0

10

Norland

Melissa

12:14:58.0

11

Sucich

Angela

12:32:08.0

12

Tingey

Sarah

13:04:24.0

13

Jackson

Katherine

13:24:26.0

14

Forderer

Naoko

13:39:22.0

15

Love

Christy

13:57:05.0

16

Gould

Laura

14:05:25.0

17

Tonna

Sarah

14:05:47.0

18

Fletcher

Brenda

15:28:43.0

19

Orton

Beth

15:56:52.0

20

Abel

Amy

16:04:39.0

21

Nobbs

Cassie

16:13:48.0

22

Stallion

Heather

16:17:29.0

Men’s Open

1

Smith

Cary

8:37:33.0

2

Tostado

Josh

8:47:59.0

3

Tobin

Michael

9:04:19.0

4

Barry

Troy

9:14:45.0

5

Aufderheide

Ben

9:15:49.0

6

Muhlfeld

Clint

9:20:53.0

7

O'Dea

Eddie

9:25:16.0

8

Woodruff

Matt

9:27:18.0

9

Harris

Chad

9:30:58.0

10

Carter

Derek

9:36:00.0

11

Norland

Trevor

9:36:07.0

12

Sullivan

Will

9:48:22.0

13

Peariso

Chris

9:51:26.0

14

Johnson

Kendall

9:52:59.0

15

Selmen

James

9:55:32.0

16

Sutton

guy

9:55:39.0

17

Filler

Andy

10:02:38.0

18

Maedke

Jake

10:27:25.0

19

Cook

Dale

10:28:06.0

20

Bown

Roger

10:31:34.0

21

Ramirez

Patrick

10:31:52.0

22

Turnbull

Doug

10:42:24.0

23

Mattis

Rick

10:47:29.0

24

Zuber

Eric

10:49:01.0

25

Barbieri

Stephen

10:50:46.0

26

Berndt

Justin

10:51:12.0

27

Bondurant

Chris

10:52:10.0

28

Lentz

Jerry

10:54:42.0

29

Schafer

Mark

10:55:26.0

30

Holscher

Rick

10:55:26.0

31

Leith

Daren

10:55:39.0

32

Edney

Jack

10:58:28.0

33

Bolen

Cory

11:05:07.0

34

Nisbet

Bob

11:06:42.0

35

Rolick

Mike

11:07:57.0

36

Hasley

Kevin

11:07:58.0

37

Finlayson

Darrell

11:10:09.0

38

Hurley

Christoph

11:13:24.0

39

Freudenthal

Mike

11:14:08.0

40

Thibault

Normon

11:14:50.0

41

Ryse

Tom

11:17:36.0

42

Phillips

Tom

11:22:41.0

43

Miller

Tyler

11:26:40.0

44

Hassinger

Sean

11:31:14.0

45

Flemming

David

11:42:49.0

46

Lackey

Roger

11:42:56.0

47

Johnson

Bruce

11:43:31.0

48

Barnard

Seth

11:45:47.0

49

Stribling

Sean

11:46:20.0

50

Bushnell

Taylor

11:47:14.0

51

Sanger

Tim

11:47:43.0

52

Taft

John

11:50:09.0

53

Bybee

Ryan

11:50:10.0

54

Anderholm

Ivan

11:50:11.0

55

Prause

David

11:53:39.0

56

Matheson

Tyler

11:55:53.0

57

Steiner

Andrew

11:57:26.0

58

Conway

Michael

11:59:10.0

59

Smith

Voree

11:59:35.0

60

Smith

Vaughn

12:00:48.0

61

Prochaska

Mike

12:05:38.0

62

Brown

Mike

12:07:45.0

63

Green

Matt

12:11:02.0

64

Lutz

Marc

12:11:20.0

65

Price

Justin

12:12:28.0

66

Adams

Robert

12:14:53.0

67

Keene

charles

12:16:33.0

68

Radobenko

Bill

12:20:03.0

69

Schwartz

Allen

12:20:39.0

70

Wojtkowiak

Tom

12:22:54.0

71

Booth

Bill

12:23:56.0

72

Zamora

Carl

12:24:07.0

73

Wazny

Scott

12:31:12.0

74

Barbieri

David

12:31:13.0

75

Noble

Doug

12:31:22.0

76

Standish

Jeff

12:36:10.0

77

Nitchman

Lee

12:44:46.0

78

Dwyer

Brian

12:44:48.0

79

Shultz

Eric

12:46:52.0

80

Samis

Brad

12:53:54.0

81

Durand

James

12:53:55.0

82

Martin

Joe

12:56:41.0

83

Morris

Arthur

12:59:48.0

84

Glasscock

Lonnie

13:09:14.0

85

Westfall

James

13:12:43.0

86

Bridger

Steve

13:15:26.0

87

Lieto

Paul

13:18:04.0

88

Weaver

Benjamin

13:22:12.0

89

Jensen

Andrew

13:24:10.0

90

Ecker

Joseph

13:24:25.0

91

Logan

Jeff

13:26:09.0

92

Phillips

Zack

13:27:48.0

93

Flink

Erik

13:34:47.0

94

Edney

David

13:35:31.0

95

Murray

David

13:37:17.0

96

Geltosky

Anthony

13:38:37.0

97

Secor

Eli

13:38:38.0

98

Carmack

Edwin

13:41:13.0

99

Luther

Chris

13:50:37.0

100

Townley

John

13:50:38.0

101

Schoenherr

Scott

13:50:55.0

102

Carrier

Matt

13:52:05.0

103

Jennert

Sean

14:01:44.0

104

Demars

Shane

14:06:36.0

105

Lowe

Chris

14:23:05.0

106

Kilshaw

Richard

14:28:08.0

107

Campbell

Glen

14:29:04.0

108

Thomas

Scott

14:29:51.0

109

Pezely

Rob

14:36:34.0

110

Orozco

Guy

14:47:17.0

111

Bautista

Bob

14:50:45.0

112

Townsend

Chad

14:50:48.0

113

Denney

Sean

14:52:39.0

114

Frank

Michael

14:54:56.0

115

George

Eric

15:00:16.0

116

Smith

Nate

15:01:56.0

117

Leber

Ben

15:03:22.0

118

Rousset

Terry

15:04:26.0

119

Katz

Jeff

15:05:24.0

120

Swinnerton

Matt

15:09:12.0

121

Stroming

Scott

15:18:57.0

122

Swartz

David

15:35:44.0

123

Abel

Henry

16:04:39.0

124

Schuette

Andrew

16:15:53.0

125

Miller

Sean

16:15:57.0

126

Edney

Keith

16:17:22.0

127

Pele

andy

16:32:23.0

 

Men’s 50+

1

Andrews

Doug

9:49:04.0

2

Berger

Mitchell

11:47:26.0

3

Leet

Don

11:48:14.0

4

Waechter

Mark

11:51:32.0

5

Bronson

William

12:00:40.0

6

Rost

Page

12:06:58.0

7

Solomito

John

12:08:13.0

8

Winger

Terry

12:20:06.0

9

Forbes

Andy

12:43:01.0

10

Wentworth

Dale

13:11:30.0

11

Hansen

John

13:13:37.0

12

Crozier

Stephen

13:34:13.0

13

Sikorski

Vince

13:43:05.0

14

Winwood

Randy

13:54:10.0

15

King

Gordon

14:06:07.0

16

Mozek

Ken

14:16:18.0

17

Benish

Frank

14:55:09.0

18

Jensen

Larry

14:59:58.0

19

Vogan

Lonnie

15:08:58.0

20

Fletcher

Robert

15:28:43.0

21

Dittmore

Chris

16:04:39.0

22

Kemp

Andrew

16:13:40.0

23

Kiefer

Stan

16:15:39.0

 

Singlespeed

1

Pflug

Gerry

9:22:37.0

2

Martin

Greg

9:39:14.0

3

Shane

Michael

9:50:58.0

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Graver

Doug

10:26:25.0

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Ballas

Gary

10:51:55.0

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Bushnell

Spencer

10:54:26.0

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Turgeon

Matt

10:56:42.0

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Whipple

Jacob

11:13:19.0

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Long

Richard

11:38:06.0

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Zanner

Matt

11:41:46.0

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Thorp

Kenneth

11:46:23.0

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Buchler

David

12:36:26.0

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Clausen

Jeff

13:12:36.0

 

 

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