Second in Monday’s Junior World Championships classic sprint, Germany’s Victoria Carl, 17, was the fastest around Wednesday’s two-lap, 5-kilometer freestyle course in Liberec, Czech Republic, winning the individual start in 12:35.3. She topped Austria’s Teresa Stadlober by 4.3 seconds and third-place finisher Anastasia Sedova of Russia (+11.4).
Making it into the top 15, Cendrine Brown, 19, of Pierre-Harvey National Training Centre (CNEPH) was 15th (+40.3). At the halfway point, she was 19th.
The second Canadian, Raphael Couturier (CNEPH) finished 24th in the men’s 10 k freestyle. He was 1 minute and 25.2 seconds behind Russian winner Dmitry Rostovtsev, who completed the three-lap course in 23:32.5. Russia took the top two spots on the podium with Artem Maltsev in second (+16.8) and Germany’s Martin Weisheit was third (+17.6).
For the U.S., Forrest Mahlen of Alaska Pacific University (APU) led the way in 27th (+1:32.2). Just 0.6 seconds later, Sawyer Kesselheim (Bridger Ski Foundation) was 29th and Canada’s David Palmer (Black Jack Ski Club) placed 32nd (+1:38.4).
Kyle Bratrud (Northern Michigan University) was 46th, Ben Saxton (F.A.S.T. Performance Training) was 60th and Canadians Zeke Williams (Nakkertok) and Scott Hill (NDC-Thunder Bay) were 53rd and 62nd, respectively.
Mary O’Connell of Dartmouth College led the American women in 33rd (+1:05.1), Sloan Storey (University of Utah) was 45th, Emily Hannah (Harvard University) was 51st and Anika Miller (Payette Lakes Sports) was 52nd.
CNEPH teammates Frederique Vezina and Anne-Marie Comeau placed 50th and 53rd, respectively, and Katherine Stewart-Jones (Nakkertok) was 58th.