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2018 Junior Nationals Wraps Up with Relays

Ben Ogden does a backflip after his New England team won the U18 men’s 3 x 3.3 k classic relay on the last day of 2018 Junior Nationals in Midway, Utah.(Photo: Weymuller Photography)

The fourth and final day of 2018 U.S. Ski & Snowboard XC Junior National Championships took place on Saturday with the 3.3-kilometer classic relays at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah.

Saturday, March 10: complete results

3.3 k classic relays

The U16 men’s 3 x 3.3 k classic relay on the last day of 2018 Junior Nationals at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. (Photo: Weymuller Photography)

U16 women: 

In the closest race of the day, Pacific Northwest reigned in the U16 women’s relay, with Isabel Max, Fiona Max and Annie McColgan (all of the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation) winning by 3.1 seconds in 38:23.2. Isabel tagged her sister in third, then Fiona raced up to first, which McColgan held to the finish, just ahead of Alaska’s Kendall Kramer in second.

Kramer teamed up with Quincy Donley and Ivy Eski for second place (+3.1), while Rocky Mountain placed third (+6.9) with Katy Jane Hardenbergh, Haley Brewster and Tai-lee Smith.

 

U16 men: 

Will Koch won every race of the week, anchoring the New England U16 men’s team to the victory in 33:18.8. Koch had been tagged in first by teammate Aidan Burt, after Finn Sweet skied them into third by the first exchange.

Intermountain (Aidan Rasmussen, Elijah Weenig and Kai Mittelsteadt) placed second (+29.4) while Pacific Northwest (Travis Grialou, Ian Delong and Walker Hall) claimed third (+32.7).

The U18 women’s 3 x 3.3 k classic relay podium at 2018 Junior Nationals, with Pacific Northwest’s Ella-Sophie Kuzyk, Gretta Scholz and Novie McCabe in first, New England’s Charlotte Ogden, Sophia Laukli and Mae Chalmers in second, and Alaska’s Heidi Booher, Aubrey Leclair and Molly Gellert in third. (Photo: Weymuller Photography)

U18 women: 

Pacific Northwest also scored a victory in the U18 women’s relay with Ella-Sophie Kuzyk, Gretta Scholz and Novie McCabe (all of the Methow Valley Ski Education Foundation) in 36:46.4. For McCabe, it was her third-straight win of the week, and she anchored the team to first after being tagged in second. New England finished 44.9 seconds later for second place with Charlotte Ogden, Sophia Laukli and Mae Chalmers. Alaska rounded out the podium in third (+1:31.1) with Heidi Booher, Aubrey Leclair and Molly Gellert.

 

U18 men: 

For his second win of the week (and fourth top-two finish), Ben Ogden anchored his New England team (with James Kitch and Gregory Burt) to first in 24:41.1, while Rocky Mountain (Collin Wilson, Cameron Wolfe and Garrett Butts) finished 25.8 seconds later for second place. Rocky Mountain was first after the first two legs with Wilson and Wolfe. New England had two teams on the podium with Joshua Valentine, Isaac Freitas-Eagan and Conor Munns combining for third place (+44.9).

The U20 women’s 3 x 3.3 k classic relay podium at 2018 Junior Nationals, with New England’s Callie Young, Phoebe Sweet and Rena Schwartz in first, Rocky Mountain’s Chelsea Moore, Gracelynn Shanley and Marit May in second, and Intermountain’s Sofia Shomento, Ariana Woods and Annika Landis in third.(Photo: Weymuller Photography)

U20 women: 

U18 skier Callie Young anchored New England’s U20 women’s team to the win in 36:23.8, teaming up with Phoebe Sweet (also a U18) and Rena Schwartz (U20). Sweet had put them in eighth at the first exchange, and Schwartz raced the fastest second leg to bring the team to fourth. Young then clocked the third-fastest last leg to take the win.

Rocky Mountain finished 13.9 seconds back in second place, with U18 skiers Chelsea Moore and Gracelynn Shanley and U20 athlete Marit May. Shanley had skied them from fifth to second on the second leg, before May finished second behind Young.

Intermountain’s Sofia Shomento, Ariana Woods and Annika Landis took the third step on the podium in third (+17.1).

 

U20 men:

Hunter Wonders scored his third win of the week with Team Alaska in the men’s U20 relay, winning by 14.8 seconds in 21:54.7 minutes with Dawson Knopp and Canyon Tobin. All three are Alaska Pacific University teammates. Knopp started the team off, tagging them in second at the first exchange, and Tobin raced up to first, a position Wonders held to the finish.

New England placed second in that race with Adam Witkowski (a U18 skier), John Henry Paluszek and Adam Glueck. Rocky Mountain reached the podium in third (+22.8) with Noel Keeffe, Wyatt Gebhardt and Nolan Herzog.

Hunter Wonders anchoring the Alaska U20 men’s team to first in the 3 x 3.3 k classic relay at 2018 Junior Nationals in Midway, Utah. (Photo: Weymuller Photography)

 

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