March 10th, 2012
MIDWAY, Utah — The Rocky Mountain J1 girls’ team of Mary O’Connell (Steamboat Springs WSC), Rachel Hampton (Durango NSC) and anchor Emily Hannah (Steamboat Springs WSC) took the win in a fast 3×3 k relay that ran concurrently with the OJ girls’. It was hard to tell what was going on in the scramble leg but a group of leaders eventually emerged, the RM J1s right in the mix at the front.
The Alaska team of Teagan Yutrzenka (Alaska Winter Stars), Sarah Freistone (Alaska Nordic Racing) and Marion Woods (AWS) finished 5.1 seconds back for the silver medal. New England’s relay of Heather Mooney (Middlebury) Olivia Meyerson (CSU) and Corey Stock (CSU) took third (+6.1).
The OJ girls’ relay winners was no surprise — after consistent top results this week, the Midwest kept it up for the final title of the week. Sharmila Ahmed (GoTraining), Alice Flanders (Sisu Ski Club) and Liz Simak (F.A.S.T.) won by a 7.2-second margin.
New England took the silver with the team of Tara Geraghty-Moats (Craftsbury), Emily Stitt (GMVS) and Rachel Hall (Middlebury). Alaska’s second team — Kinsey Loan (APUNSC), Kimberly Delfrate (ANR) and Annie Liotta (AWS) — came away with bronze (+11.9).
Live J1/OJ results (OJs appear below J1s)