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USBA Rollerski Biathlon Championships Recap

Leif Nordgren leading the pack in the men’s 15 k mass start at USBA Rollerski Biathlon Championships on Aug. 12 in Jericho, Vt. He went on to win by nearly 14 seconds. (Photo: Leif Nordgren/Instagram)

On Aug. 11-12 at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont, the US Biathlon Association (USBA) host the first in a two-part series of trials races for both its World Cup and IBU Cup teams, which doubled as USBA Rollerski Biathlon Championships. The selection races for the U.S. teams include those held recently in Jericho and a second set of rollerski races Oct. 30-Nov. 2 at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah.

The selection criteria notes that several athletes have pre-qualified for the November World Cup weekends 1-3 and early IBU Cup races. Results in the rollerski trials do not affect pre-qualified athletes’ selection standing. The results from the Jericho and Soldier Hollow rollerski series will impact non-prequalified athletes. Results for non-prequalified athletes will be used to select additional biathletes for World Cups 1-3 and IBU Cups 2-3.

When the points list is formalized from the qualification races, only one race from the Jericho weekend will be considered. Further, the points list to determine team selection will be tallied from an athlete’s three best of five races. The points list will only include American athletes and those who have not pre-qualified for the World Cup or IBU Cup.

On Saturday, Aug. 11, Sean Doherty (USBA National Team) placed first in the 10.1-kilometer sprint with a time of 24:41.8. Doherty missed three shots in prone before cleaning his standing stage. Travis Cooper (National Guard Biathlon) placed second, 51.6 seconds back, while Max Durtschi (USBA) raced to third (+1:03.8), with three misses apiece.

The women’s 7.2 k sprint podium at the 2018 USBA Rollerski Biathlon Championships on Aug. 11, with Canada’s Rosanna Crawford (c) in first, Susan Dunklee (l) of US Biathlon/Craftsbury in second, and Kelsey Dickinson (Craftsbury) in third. (Photo: Rosanna Crawford/Instagram)

For the women, Biathlon Canada’s Rosanna Crawford won the women’s 7.2 k sprint in 20:50. Crawford missed two shots on her way to victory. Susan Dunklee, of USBA and the Craftsbury Green Racing Project (CGRP), placed second (+3.3) after missing four targets. Kelsey Dickinson  (CGRP) was third (+39.2) after two misses.

On Sunday, the senior men raced a 15 k mass start. Leif Nordgren (USBA) won in 37:28.1 after skiing five penalty loops. Doherty was second (+13.8) with four missed targets. Alex Howe (CGRP) placed third (+1:27.3) with six misses.

The women raced 12.5 k with Dunklee winning in 37:27.1 after missing three targets over her four shooting rounds. Crawford placed second (+1:02.5) and also missed three targets. Clare Egan (USBA/CGRP ) raced to third (+2:06.6) after missing three targets.

Full Results: Saturday’s Sprint | Sunday’s Mass Start

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