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2018 Junior Nationals Open with Classic Distance Races, Then Skate Sprints

Luke Jager (25) leading his U18 men’s skate-sprint semifinal with Scott Schulz (l), Ben Ogden (second from l) and Johnny Hagenbuch (12) on Wednesday at 2018 Junior Nationals in Midway, Utah. (Photo: Weymuller Photography)

The 2018 U.S. Ski & Snowboard XC Junior National Championships opened on Tuesday at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, with 5- and 10-kilometer classic individual starts. Racing continued on Wednesday with freestyle sprints. Below is a recap of the first two days of racing at SoHo.

Tuesday, March 6: Complete results

10 k classic

U20 men: 

Nineteen-year-old Hunter Wonders of Alaska Pacific University (APU) posted a 12-second win in 23:35.3 minutes, while the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) had two athletes on the podium with Noel Keeffe in second and Wyatt Gebhardt in third (+40.0).


U18 men:

Ben Ogden, 17, of the Stratton Mountain School (APU) won by 14.4 seconds with a time of 23:01.5. Gus Schumacher of Alaska Winter Stars (AWS) finished second and his Alaska division teammate Luke Jager (APU) placed third (+52.2).


5 k classic

U16 men:

Will Koch (SMS) took the win in 13:26.1, 15 seconds faster than fellow Vermonter Finn Sweet of the Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club. Wiley Corra of the Durango Nordic Ski Club reached the podium in third (+25.5).


U20 women: 

The U20 women’s 5 k classic podium at 2018 Junior Nationals, with Annika Landis (c) in first, Jordi Floyd (l) in second and Rena Schwartz (r) in third. (Photo: Weymuller Photography)

Annika Landis, a 19-year-old Middlebury College skier representing the Intermountain division, finished in 15:49.7 for the 5 k victory. Jordi Floyd (SSWSC) placed second (+21.2) and Rena Schwartz of the Green Mountain Valley School finished third (+35.7).


U18 women:

Steamboat skier Waverly Gebhardt, 16, posted a 2.3-second win over Novie McCabe of the Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation with a winning time of 15:10.5. Molly Gellert (AWS) was just another 0.3 seconds back in third (+2.6).


U16 women: 

Sydney Palmer-Leger of the Sun Valley Ski Educational Foundation (SVSEF) won the women’s 14-15 category with a time of 15:21.2. Kendall Kramer of Fairbanks NSCF-FXC placed second (+25.8) and Libby Tuttle (Loppet Nordic Racing) joined them on the podium in third (+32.1).



Wednesday, March 7:

1.4 k freestyle sprints:

Qualifier results

U16 women: 

Logan Smith (SVSEF) scored a 0.31-second victory in the U16 women’s A-final, finishing first in 2:57.93. Lexie Madigan placed second and Sun Valley had two on the podium with Sydney Palmer-Leger notching her second-straight top three in third place (+5.47). Results

Novie McCabe (Methow Valley) racing to the win in the U18 women’s freestyle sprint A-final on Wednesday at 2018 Junior Nationals at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. (Photo: Weymuller Photography)

U18 women:

A day after placing second in the 5 k classic, Novie McCabe (Methow Valley) won the U18 women’s A-final in 3:06.55, 2.09 seconds ahead of Sarah Morgan of the Wasatch Nordic Ski Academy in second, while Annabel Hagen of the Jackson Hole Ski Club followed in third (+4.3). Results


U20 women: 

Jordi Floyd (SSWSC) also moved up another step to first place in her A-final, which she won in 3:08.74. Sofia Shomento, of Dartmouth College and the Intermountain division, finished second (+1.41) and Jenna Difolco (Fairbanks NSCF-FXC) placed third (+9.02). Results


U16 men:

Will Koch (SMS) won his second-straight race with a win in the U16 men’s A-final in 2:34.95. Kai Mittelsteadt (Bridger Ski Foundation) finished 0.29 seconds back in second place and Walker Hall (Methow Valley) reached the podium in third (+7.6). Results


U18 men:

James Kitch of the Cambridge Sports Union (CSU) pulled off a 0.11-second victory over Ben Ogden (SMS), winning the A-final in 2:47.21. Just 0.74 seconds out of first, James Schoonmaker (Auburn Ski Club) took third. Results


U20 men: 

A day after placing second, Noel Keeffe scored a victory in the A-final in 2:40.27, just 0.33 seconds ahead of his Steamboat teammate Wyatt Gebhardt, while Hunter Wonders returned to the podium as well in third (+0.81). Results

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