The American J1 Scando team wrapped up competition in Trondheim, Norway, on Sunday with the most successful showing the team has ever had. The girls’ relay of Julia Kern (Cambridge Sports Union), Katharine Ogden (Stratton Mountain School) and Heidi Halvorsen (Green Mountain Valley School) topped off the weekend with a second-place finish in the 3 x 3 k relay, just eight seconds behind the winning team from Norway.
The boys’ 3 x 5 k relay of Cal Deline (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail), Keegan Swirbul (Aspen Valley SSC) and Cully Brown (SSCV) took eighth in the boy’s race, 1:40 behind Norway’s winning time.
In both the classic sprint on Friday, Halvorsen’s performances headlined the American boys’ and girls’ results, where she led her teammates with a fifth. Hailey Swirbul (Aspen Valley SSC) was 20th in the sprint, Nichole Bathe (Central Cross Country) was 23rd, Kern took 26th, Ogden was 32nd and Gretchen Burkholder (Steamboat Springs WSC) was 47th.
In the 5 k, Ogden took the top honors for the day with a 6th-place finish, 30 seconds off the winning time. Halvorsen was 12th, Kern took 23rd, Burkholder was 30th, Bathe was 33rd, and Swirbul finished 34th.
In the boy’s races Brown led the way in the sprint with a 13th-place finish. Evan Weinman (Steamboat Springs) took 40th, Haakon Sigurslid (Durango Nordic) was 43rd, Hamish McEwan (SMS) finished 54th, Swirbul was 59th and Deline 61st.
Swirbul led the U.S. in the 5 k the next day in 44th, followed by Deline in 46th, Brown in 48th, Weinman in 51st, McEwan in 58th and Sigurslid in 59th.