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Dunklee, Bailey, Currier Are National Champions

The U.S. biathlon season concluded this weekend, with Susan Dunklee picking up three national titles, Lowell Bailey two, and Russell Currier one as the domestic and World Cup fields converged in Jericho, Vermont. 90 athletes competed in the season finale, with an open and eight age group champions crowned for both men and women.

In the senior field, Dunklee dominated, picking up a 1:54.5 win over Joanne Reid in the sprint. Their World Cup teammate Clare Egan took third, +2:17.5. Dunklee’s win came despite three penalties; Reid and Egan each had four. Kelsey Dickinson of the College of Saint Scholastica took fourth with two penalties, the best shooting in the women’s field, +2:20.4.

In the men’s sprint, Currier of Maine’s Outdoor Sports Institute took the first win of the weekend by 10.8 seconds over Bailey, despite two penalties to the World Champion’s one. Leif Nordgren was third, +39.0 with three missed shots. Paul Schommer of the national team and Moose Biathlon was just a missed shot from the podium, +50.4 with two penalties.

In the pursuit, Dunklee missed just two shots out of 20 and extended her lead to five minutes, 18 seconds. Reid emerged in second place with five missed shots, three coming in the final stage. Maddie Phaneuf of the national team missed just two shots and moved from sixth up to third, +5:39.0. Egan suffered six missed shots and crossed the line fourth, +6:03.9, ahead of fifth-place Emily Dreissigacker of the Craftsbury Green Racing project (+6:29.8).

In the men’s pursuit, Bailey shot a perfect 20-for-20 and cruised to a big win of 2:22.5 over Nordgren, who had missed three shots. With six penalties, Currier held onto third (+2:37.7) and Schommer was again fourth (+3:12.3).

Finally, in the mass start Dunklee and Egan dueled to the end; Dunklee missed six shots and Egan four, but Dunklee managed to eke out a 7.7-second win over her teammate. Dreissigacker finished third (+1:20.6) with just two penalties, and Reid fourth with five (+2:07.3).

In the men’s mass start Bailey missed a shot in his first prone but was otherwise perfect, hitting 19 targets and picking up a 1:35.0 win over Nordgren, who had four penalties. Schommer finally climbed onto the podium — the first National Championships medal of his career — thanks to just three missed shots (+1:49.1). Currier was fourth (+2:33.4) and Travis Cooper of National Guard Biathlon fifth despite seven missed shots (+3:07.7).

Across age groups, the national champions are:

Sprint  (full results)

Russell Currier (Men)
Cody Johnson (Junior Men)
Marcus Gore (Youth Men)
Brian Bushey (Senior Boys)
Nate Livingood (Boys)
Jesse Downs (Master Men)
Eli Walker (Senior Master Men)
Robert Duncan Douglas (Veteran Master Men)
Patrick Brower (Senior Veteran Master Men)

Susan Dunklee (Women)
Hannah Streinz (Junior Women)
Grace Gilliland (Youth Women)
Anna Sofie Vylka Ravna (Senior Girls)
Natalie Teare (Girls)
Rebecca Anderson (Master Women)
Lisa Holan (Senior Master Women)
Martha Bellisle (Veteran Master Women)
Ildiko Hynes (Senior Veteran Master Women)

Pursuit full results()

Lowell Bailey (Men)
Cody Johnson (Junior Men)
Timothy Cobb (Youth Men)
Ethan Livingood (Sr Boys)
Van Ledger (Boys)
Scott Betournay (Master Men)
Eli Walker (Sr Master Men)
Robert Duncan Douglas (Vt Master Men)
Patrick Brower (Sr Vt Master Men)

Susan Dunklee (Women)
Hannah Streinz (Junior Women)
Kat Howe (Master Women)
Lisa Holan (Sr Master Women)
Martha Bellisle (Vt Master Women)
Ildiko Hynes (Sr Vt Master Women)
Chloe Levins (Youth Women)
Emma Stertz (Sr Girls)
Natalie Teare (Girls)

Mass Start full results()

Lowell Bailey (Men)
Cody Johnson (Junior Men)
Alex Kilby (Youth Men)
Ethan Livingood (Sr Boys)
Nate Livingood (Boys)
Jesse Downs (Master Men)
Eli Walker (Sr Master Men)
Robert Duncan Douglas (Vt Master Men)
Patrick Brower (Sr Vt Master Men)

Susan Dunklee (Women)
Eve Racette (Junior Women)
Rebecca Anderson (Master Women)
Lisa Holan (Sr Master Women)
Martha Bellisle (Vt Master Women)
Ariana Woods (Youth Women)
Anna Sofie Vylka Ravna (Sr Girls)
Natalie Teare (Girls)

Dunklee, Bailey and Burke Shine at USBA Rollerski Nationals in Jericho

Susan Dunklee racing to a win in the mass start at 2015 US Biathlon National Rollerski Championships in Jericho, Vt. (Photo: Paul Bierman)

USBA A-teamer Susan Dunklee racing to a win in the mass start last year at 2015 US Biathlon National Rollerski Championships in Jericho, Vt. Dunklee won both the sprint and mass start at 2016 rollerski nationals in Jericho last weekend. (Photo: Paul Bierman)

Susan Dunklee, Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke took wins at the US Biathlon National Rollerski Championships in Jericho, Vt., this past weekend.

All members of the US Biathlon Association (USBA) A-team, the trio of Olympians outcompeted the field in sprints on Saturday, Aug. 13, and then mass starts on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Dunklee took a 13.3-second win over Joanne Reid of Colorado Biathlon and USBA’s X-team in the 7.5-kilometer sprint, despite four penalties to Reid’s one. A-teamer Clare Egan picked up third with three penalties, a minute and one second behind Dunklee.

In Sunday’s mass start, Dunklee again picked up penalties – this time five – but cruised to a 26.7-second victory over Egan, who had three missed shots. Reid made her second podium by placing third, +1:19, with four penalties.

In the 10 k sprint, Bailey dueled all the way to the end with teammate Burke, who started two bibs behind and shot four penalties to Bailey’s two. That gave Bailey the win by just three tenths of a second. Jake Brown, of USBA’s X-team and Moose Nordic, was third, +59.2 with three penalties.

In the next day’s mass start, Burke got revenge and took the win from Bailey by 24.3 seconds, despite four penalties to Bailey’s three. It was Russell Currier of the Outdoor Sports Institute (OSI) claiming the final spot on the podium, finishing third with seven missed shots, +2:29.4.

Results from the competitions, as well as another pair of races to be held in Jericho in October, will be used to fill a pre-World Cup training camp roster and the pick the team for World Cup 1. Dunklee, Egan, Bailey, Burke, Sean Doherty, and Leif Nordgren are pre-qualified; the rest of the field are fighting for top billing in a best-3-of-4 scoring system. The trials winner for each gender will attend the pre-World Cup camp, as well as up to one more athlete per gender to be named on discretion.

Results: Saturday | Sunday

Schommer, Phaneuf, & Roberts Take Wins at Jericho NorAms

U.S. Biathlon headed to Jericho, Vermont this past weekend for North American Cup #5. While the races were attended by Americans and Canadians alike, there was slightly more pressure on the American athletes, as the races were being used for selection to the team for the final IBU Cup of the season. The prospect of one more ticket to Europe brought out a strong field, and led to some fast racing.

The weekend opened up Saturday with the men’s 10 k sprint. Despite taking 4 laps around the penalty loop, Paul Schommer of Moose Nordic emerged victorious on day one, with a time of 26:30.9. Right on his ski tails was Bill Bowler, who finished just 3.5 seconds back with 3 penalty loops. The day one podium was rounded out by Casey Smith of the Craftsbury Green Racing Project 6.4 seconds back with 2 misses. Overall it was a tight field, with 12 men finishing within 95% back of the leaders.

On the women’s side it was Maddie Phaneuf of USBA’s X Team who cruised to victory in the women’s 7.5 k sprint, despite three misses. Second place was Kaitlyn Miller of CGRP, a national champion skier who jumped into the world of biathlon for the weekend, and overcame 6 misses to finish 36.1 seconds behind Phaneuf. Her teammate Emily Dreissigacker finished just 1.1 seconds behind her with 4 misses.

The second day of racing dawned warm, which meant soft, sugary snow conditions out on course. This time the women were underway first with their 10 k pursuit. Once again it was Phaneuf who ran away with the win, beating second place Dreissigacker by 2:32.3. Phaunef also put in the third best shooting of the day, and the best by a woman, with just 3 misses. Mikaela Paluszek of the Maine Winter Sports Center moved up from fifth place to take third and the final spot on the podium with 6 misses on the day.

In the men’s 12.5 k pursuit, it was Wynn Roberts of National Guard Biathlon who overcame the sloppy conditions. Roberts charged up from twelfth place to take the top spot with just two misses. Schommer dropped back to second place, just 13.3 seconds back despite his 7 penalty loops. Russell Currier of Maine Winter Sports Center also made a huge jump in the second day of racing, moving from ninth to third in spite 9 misses.

Athletes selected from these races will compete at the final IBU Cup of the season at Val Martello in Italy.

The final NorAm Cup of the season, slated for Lake Placid, has been pre-emptively canceled due to warm weather. The next major competitions are thus Canadian Championships in Valcartier, Quebec, March 17-20, and U.S. Championships (which double as North American Championships) in Fort Kent, Maine, March 24-26.

-Silke Hynes

Results: sprintspursuits

Tam Von Burg Doubles Up at Canada Games, Hudek Earns First Gold

Leilani Tam Von Burg of Ontario and the Biathlon Alberta Training Center took her second win in as many competitions at Canada Winter Games in Prince George, British Columbia, on Tuesday. Missing a single target in the 7.5 k sprint, Tam Von Burg picked up a 55-second victory over Prince George native Emily Dickson, who had three penalties. Nadia Moser of Yukon placed third with four penalties, just over two minutes behind Tam Von Burg.

Tam Von Burg also won the 12.5 k individual competition on Sunday, over Moser and Dickson. The trio has an advantage towards winning more medals in Wednesday’s pursuits, where only three other women will start within a minute of Moser.

In the men’s 10 k sprint, Matt Hudek of Saskatchewan notched a 24.5-second win over Alexandre Dupuis of Ontario despite two penalties to Dupuis’s clean shooting. Jules Burnotte of Quebec placed third, another ten seconds behind with two penalties.

The men’s pursuit is shaping up to be more competitive, with Arthur Roots of British Columbia starting just 16 seconds behind Burnotte and keen to earn his first medal.

Results: men / women

Ransom, Davies Win Day 2 of Canmore NorAm, Youth-Junior Team Trials Continue

Saturday marked the second of three days of racing at Biathlon Canada’s Youth and Junior Selection Trials in Canmore, Alberta. The races will determine the nation’s World Youth and Junior Championships team, but a few senior athletes have competed in the two sprints so far as well, including the team which Canada will send to the December IBU Cup races in Europe next week. 

According to Biathlon Canada High Performance Director Chris Lindsay, best two of three races count.

In the NorAm senior women’s 7.5-kilomeer sprint, Julia Ransom (BATC) bested American Clare Egan (USBA/Craftsbury GRP) by 38.4 seconds with two misses and a winning time of 23:14.1. Emma Lunder placed third (+1:00.9).

In the NorAm senior men’s 10 k sprint, Canadian national-team member Macx Davies beat teammate Christian Gow by 19.5 seconds in 26:16.5. Both had two penalties, and Matthew Neumann was third (+1:38.2).

Complete results

Alexandre Dupuis (Biathlon Alberta Training Center) won the junior men’s 10 ksprint with perfect shooting, finishing in 27:58.4 minutes, 11.7 seconds faster than runner-up Stuart Harden (Rocky Mountain Racers).

Pearce Hanna (RMR) had two misses en route to winning the youth men’s 10 k by 27.2 seconds over Jules Burnotte (ACBQ/Biathlon Estrie) in 29:48.8.

Junior women’s 7.5 k sprint winner, Sarah Beaudry (Biathlon Alberta Training Center) shot clean to top American Maddie Phaneuf (US Biathlon/Maine Winter Sports Center) by 48.8 seconds in 22:50.

Emily Dickson (Caledonia Nordic Ski Club) missed one before winning the youth women’s 7.5 k sprint by 6.3 seconds over Nadia Moser (Biathlon Yukon) in 24:37.4. 

Youth-Junior National Team Trials results

 

 

Gow, Beaudry Top NorAm Sprint; World Junior Trials Begin

Scott Gow (Canadian National Team) and Sarah Beaudry (Biathlon Alberta Training Center) won the first sprints of the NorAm weekend in Canmore, Canada, on Thursday. The races also serve as selection trials for Canada’s World Youth and Junior Championships team, but a few senior athletes competed as well, including the team which Canada will send next week to the December IBU Cup races in Europe.

Gow eked out a 1.1-second victory over Casey Smith of the Maine Winter Sports Center and the U.S. National Team, despite having three penalties compared to Smith’s clean shooting. Christian Gow placed third, 13.4 seconds behind his older brother, with two penalties of his own.

Beaudry bested the women’s field despite having one more year of junior eligibility under her belt. Her single penalty earned her a 54-second win over Kelsey Dickinson of Maine Winter Sports Center, who had two penalties. Sienna Ellingson of Mount Itasca placed third with one penalty, a minute behind Beaudry.

Full results, including detailed results by age category, are available at Zone4.ca. Racing continues on Saturday and Sunday.

Smith and Vaillancourt Take First Canadian Biathlon Titles

The Sea To Sky Nordic Festival kicked off today with the Canadian Biathlon Nationals at Whistler Olympic Park.

Nathan Smith (Alberta) took the first title in the mens 10km Sprint, winning in 25:53.7 after missing two standing shots.  Kurtis Wenzel (Alberta) took second in 26:53.4, shooting clean.  BIll Bowler (Independent) grabbed the final podium spot, missing one shot in standing to finish in 27:11.7.

Raleigh Goessling (Maine Winter Sports Center) led the American contingent, taking 7th in 27:53.2, missing one shot in each style.

Audrey Vaillancourt (Quebec) took the women’s 7.5km sprint title by shooting clean, finishing in 21:35.5.  Megan Heinicke (Biathlon BC) finished in second, missing three standing shots to come home in 23:07.1.  Corrine Malcolm (USBA) led the American contingent in third place, missing one of each to finish in 23:42.2.

Leysan Valiullina was the only Russian racer, finishing sixth in 25:55.2 after missing two prone and one standing.

Full results are at zone4.ca, broken out in to morning and afternoon races.

Biathlon is the centre of attention for the opening week of the festival, with races on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Cross country will take over on Saturday the 23rd, overlapping with the Jumping and Nordic Combined, which begin on March 28th.