The Mid-Atlantic team had a great day on Monday coming away with gold in the J2 boys race by Steve Mangan of Honoeye-Falls, NY in his first JO appearance. This is a big result for Mid-Atlantic, as the last individual Junior National victory for the New York team was when Lowell Bailey (now on the US Biathlon team and skied to an 11th place World Cup finish last week) won the sprint at the 2000 Junior Olympics in Jackson, NH. Carly Wynn of Queensbury, NY also had an impressive day qualifying 18th in the J2 sprints and working her way up to 6th place in the A final. We are looking forward to the east-coast conditions for the Freestyle race tomorrow.
A great race for New England yesterday, but this is a pretty tight event right now. A mere two points separate us from Alaska, and Inter-Mountain is a close third. Happily, our wax techs nailed the kick and the glide, and our athletes were on their game.
We are excited to welcome all the athletes to Kincaid Park, racing on our home courses. We wish the snow conditions would have been better, but, thankfully we’ve been spared by mother nature and with lots of hard work by the organizers we had an exciting and competitive sprint race. We were impressed by the level of fitness of the other divisions, especially New England who ended the day 2 points ahead on Alaska Cup standings. Nice job! We were stoked to to have two National Champions (Amy Glen and Becca Rorabaugh and many skiers into the final rounds in all divisions.
If you are a results junkie who is stuck in the lower 48, away from this week’s junior racing action, you have certainly found the first round of results from Junior Nationals by now. After a couple of days of settling in, watching the snow melt and watching the volunteers shovel and shovel to keep the race alive, the racing is now underway in Anchorage. After possibly the longest day of Nordic sprinting ever hosted in the US (seriously; no one I’ve talked to can think of one that was longer), Monday wrapped with the OJ girls A Final at 5:30pm. Attached are a few photos and a few tidbits of information that may or may not have made its way around yet.
Yesterday’s Midwest team racing was exciting and awesome. The weather was a carbon copy of the previous day (Low of 31`- high of 45`), so the wax testing and ski choices from Sunday’s preparation were right on. After the morning individual time trial qualification races, a total of 18 Midwest athletes finished in the top 24 in their group and qualified to move up to the afternoon head-to-head heats with 6 athletes contending in each heat. In each of the 4 quarterfinal heats for each of the age groups, 3 athletes moved on to the semifinals, and then were guaranteed a spot in either the A final or B final. For the Midwest, a total of 6 athletes moved on to the semifinals and A & B Finals. Each of these 6 athletes placed in the top ten in their Age Group.
The wax was somewhere in the Universal Klister up to Toko Orange range. The course had to be changed from the planned route as the stadium area became unusable due to the warm weather here. Yesterday’s high in Anchorage was 45 degrees, which is only THREE degrees off the all time high for the day, so you can see that the snow is a little thin in places to say the least. But racing was great, the organizers did a fine job with what they had, and the course was fair and held up pretty well throughout the day.
Unofficial results from the classic sprint have been posted
Results from the classic sprint qualifier are becoming available. All categories are not up yet.