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Bailey, Egan Win NorAm Champs Sprints

Zeroing before the start of the sprint competition in Fort Kent. (Photo: USBA/Twitter)

Zeroing before the start of the sprint competition in Fort Kent. (Photo: USBA/Twitter)

The U.S. biathlon community is converging on Fort Kent, Maine, this weekend for combined U.S. Nationals and NorAm Championships. For the first time in several years, the World Cup circuit ended a week before and the senior national team is in attendance, growing the size of the field and the prestige of the titles.

In the men’s 10 k sprint on Thursday, Lowell Bailey topped the standings in 25:07.3 with only one penalty, coming in prone. With fast skiing despite the long World Cup tour, that put him head and shoulders about fellow national-teamers Tim Burke and Sean Doherty. With two penalties, Burke’s time was 49.1 seconds back, narrowly edging Doherty, who had one penalty, by just half a second.

Casey Smith of the Craftsbury Green Racing Project was fourth, +1:48.0, followed by USBA X Team athlete Patrick Johnson, +1:56.9. Both also had one penalty.

In the women’s 7.5 k sprint, national team member Clare Egan missed just a single target to win in 23:29.3. In the first national championships competition of her biathlon career, Joanne Reid of the Auburn Ski Club and Colorado Biathlon finished second +1:33.6 with three penalties, edging national team-er Hannah Dreissigacker by 3.3 seconds; Dreissigacker missed just one shot.

Annelies Cook, another soon-to-retire national team member, placed fourth, +1:52.8, followed by the USBA X Team’s Maddie Phaneuf, +2:22.4.

The junior titles went to Brian Halligan and Hannah Streinz, while Brendan Cyr and Chloe Levins picked up the wins in the youth division.

Results:

Early races (including youth categories)

Late races (including junior and senior categories)

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