Erban Leads Day One Qualifying
Mischo Erban on his way to posting the fastest qualifying time of the day. Photo Marcus Rietema
Goldendale, WA, USA - Mischo Erban was the first skater down the Maryhill course in qualifying today and laid down a time that no one else could touch for the rest of the day. Qualifying in second place was Brazilian Douglas Silva making his first ever appearance at Maryhill.
James Kelly qualified third followed by Kevin Reimer in fourth and Nathan Lang in fifth. Two-time defending Maryhill Festival of Speed Champion Scoot Smith wound up in eighth. A total of 160 downhill skateboarders made qualifying attempts today.
Douglas Silva is quickly coming to terms with Maryhill. Photo Marcus Rietema
James Kelly rode solidly into third position. Photo Marcus Rietema
2009 Maryhill Festival of Speed
First Run Qualifying leaders
1. Mischo Erban, Canada 3:10.702
2. Douglas Silva, Brazil 3:12.242
3. James Kelly, United States 3:13.188
4. Kevin Reimer, Canada 3:13.844
5. Nathan Lang, Canada 3:14.713
6. Zak Maytum, United States 3:14.952
7. Luke Melo, Canada 3:15.241
8. Scott Smith, Canada 3:15.405
9. Joel Putrah, United States 3:15.422
10. Louis Pilloni, United States 3:16.210
Lang Rules Maryhill Once Again
Matthias Lang continues to show his mastery of Maryhill. Photo Marcus Rietema
One month ago it looked like Matthias Lang wouldn't be making the trip to Maryhill after fracturing his ankle at the Padova Grand Prix in Italy. Fortunately his ankle improved enough so that the two-time defending Maryhill Street Luge Champion could make the trip over from his native Germany. Facing stiff competition from the always fast Mike MacIntyre, Andy Lally, David Dean and John Rogers just to name a few, Matthias was able to to post the quickest time in first round qualifying.