Midwest Regional Biathlon Development Camp Mt Itasca – June 2017

Midwest Regional Biathlon Development Camp – Mt Itasca

14th Of June To The 24th Of June, 2017

The June Shooting Camp was held during the past two weeks at Mt Itasca and also using facilities in Grand Rapids and the nearby Mesabi State Trail. Participants ranged from age 13 to 23 with the younger athletes mostly participating through the race event on Sunday the 18th.

Most from out of town camped at Mt Itasca using the Chalet building for meals and showers. A nearby beach in Coleraine also saw some use. The weather cooperated nicely with the random showers missing the scheduled workouts, and temps ranging from the 40’s at night to maybe 70’s on the warmer days. It was windy every day, which affected the shooting more than in some previous years.

The camp started with 18 athletes mostly from MN, but also WI, CO, and CA. Coaches were Vlad Cervenka, Petra Cervenka, Eric Watson, Jeff Bosek, Mark Torresani, and myself, Bill Meyer.

The first week emphasis was on shooting skills working on range procedure, accuracy, and shooting speed and using the normal tests including the 20 shot and French tests. Physical tests included the Mt Itasca hill climb [3 or 4 times running] a bike time trial, and a summer cross race on Sunday am.

The following week saw a shift in emphasis to more physical activities, w/ a lot of additional shooting. On Monday, there was a 5/7.5 km running test on hilly ski trails in Grand Rapids at the high school, followed by roller skiing on the state trail. Tues saw a 11.5km roller ski time trial on the state trail, with some Nordic Combined athletes jumping in.

Wed morning as combo shooting and for some, in the pm they did another 20 shot test. Thursday began the harder workouts of the week with a hard hill bounding/strength workout in the am on Mt Itasca, followed by some easy combos in the pm.

 

Friday morning was the century bike ride, with most of the men and some women doing 100 miles and the other women going 100 km. It was a very windy ride with steady winds of 16 mph and gusts close to 30.

Saturday saw the conclusion with some fun shooting races including a single leg relay followed by a reverse pursuit with the relay finishers saddled with a 10 sec per place handicap.

All in all it was a successful camp with all the athletes gaining skills, improving their fitness, and learning to cope with camp life.

All results will be posted on the Minnesota Biathlon webpage as soon as I get them tabulated.

Bill Meyer

26 June 2017

ER work Party thank you!

A huge thank you to all who helped out at Elk River today!!

Lot of work got done, the building stained and interior cleaned, some lead
removed from targets and sign board at the targets cleaned up.

Participating were:
Team Leader Lynda Bouley
Chad Bouley
Cheresa and her brother
Jeff Bosek
Kaisa Bosek
Stormy Hegg
Emma Reineke
Elizabeth Guthrie
Hanne Guthrie
Jill Troutner
Cam Christiansen

If I missed someone, our thanks go to you as well, my memory isnt what it
once was…or what I think it once was. . 🙂 Dave, there are 3 1/4 buckets
of lead in the garage. And the two garbage containers at the range are
full–mixed bag–some of it is probably recyclable. And we did not seal the
range pavement where the graffiti was sprayed. It was painted over, but
still shows through. Thank you and Elk River for all the materials, disposal
and future work. And thank your mowing crew for keeping the place looking
respectable!!

Reminder for anyone–the bravo target on #6 lost part of a plate today.
Spares are in the building and Guthries will weld the old one back together.

Thanks again to everyone!
Bill Meyer, Coach

MNCup: Biathlon & Novice Race – Mt.Itasca Nordic Ski Association – Sat, Mar 11, 2017 – RESULTS

Minnesota Cup: Biathlon Race & Novice Race

Hosted by Mt.Itasca Nordic Ski Association

Date: Saturday, March 11. 2017

Place: Mt.Itasca, Coleraine
Race Format: Mass Start (PPSS)

RESULTS

Biathlon Results: Mass Start, 3.11.2017

8K Mass Start (5×1.6K)

Overall Results

Place

Categ.

Name

Shooting

Time

1

JM

Cam Christiansen

1021

26:30

2

JW

Siena Ellingson

2011

29:08

3

YW

Amanda Kautzer

3151

32:58

4

SW

Hanne Guthrie

2312

33:04

5

MM

Frank Gangi

2134

33:21

6

B

Sam Stertz

5300

33:24

PP  PP  PS  PS

7

G

Emma Stertz

4112

33:57

8

B

Matej Cervenka

1200

33:57

PP  PP  PS  PS

9

JM

Somer Schrock

5444

35:02

10

G

Kaisa Bosek

2311

37:05

11

G

Lucia Wyland

5124

38:28

12

G

Annika Viren

2331

38:45

13

G

Elsa Viren

2521

39:21

PP  PP  PS  PS

14

G

Emma Watson

3311

41:03

15

B

Devin Emslander

3224

43:13

PP  PS  PS  SS

16

G

Cheresa Bouley

3544

43:41

17

MM

Evan Ingebrigtson

5522

44:00

18

B

Ben Fenna

5453

49:22

19

MM

Sean Bedard-Parker

2222

58:45

Place

Categ.

Name

Shooting

Time

1

G

Emma Stertz

4112

33:57

2

G

Kaisa Bosek

2311

37:05

3

G

Lucia Wyland

5124

38:28

4

G

Annika Viren

2331

38:45

5

G

Elsa Viren

2521

39:21

PP  PP  PS  PS

6

G

Emma Watson

3311

41:03

7

G

Cheresa Bouley

3544

43:41

1

B

Sam Stertz

5300

33:24

PP  PP  PS  PS

2

B

Matej Cervenka

1200

33:57

PP  PP  PS  PS

3

B

Devin Emslander

3224

43:13

PP  PS  PS  SS

4

B

Ben Fenna

5453

49:22

1

MM

Frank Gangi

2134

33:21

2

MM

Evan Ingebrigtson

5522

44:00

3

MM

Sean Bedard-Parker

2222

58:45

1

JM

Cam Christiansen

1021

26:30

2

JM

Somer Schrock

5444

35:02

1

SW

Hanne Guthrie

2312

33:04

1

JW

Siena Ellingson

2011

29:08

1

YW

Amanda Kautzer

3151

32:58

8K Air Rifle

1

B

Riley Hutchinson

O513

46:31

NOVICE RACE 3×1.3K

Overall Results

1

50M

Bob Conzemius

O4

17:10

2

13G

Liv Wyland

11

18:31

3

14G

Clara Kramer

30

18:31,2

4

44M

Steve Kramer

44

20:12

5

13G

Liisa Wyland

12

20:25

6

12B

Jalen Emslander

22

22:22

7

16B

Kellen Schaner

31

26:40

Novice Race Boys 16 years old and under

1

12B

Jalen Emslander

22

22:22

2

16B

Kellen Schaner

31

26:40

Novice Race Girls 16 years old and under

1

13G

Liv Wyland

11

18:31

2

14G

Clara Kramer

30

18:31,2

3

13G

Liisa Wyland

12

20:25

Novice Race Master Men

1

50M

Bob Conzemius

O4

17:10

2

44M

Steve Kramer

44

20:12

 

MN Cup March 2017

Distance: G, YW, JW, SW, MW: 7.5km
               B, YM, JM, SM, MM: 10km;

Registration: 9:30 AM –   10:00 AM

Zero:           10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Race Start: 10:45 AM Mass Start

Cost:         $20 (cash or check payable to MINSA)

Novice Race (recommended age: 13+)

~ Registration: 9:30 – 11:30am

~ No previous shooting experience necessary!
~ Instruction, Rifles, and Ammo provided.
~ Novice Race will follow the main race.
~ Safety Clinic prior to the Race

~ Start approx. at 12-12:15PM

~ Race Format: Mass Start – 4.5k (3×1.5k), PP + penalty loop

~ Cost: $20 (cash or check payable to MINSA)

 

Awards for Biathlon & Novice Race: after completion of both races.

Questions? Call Vlad or Petra 218-999-5046  or e-mail pcervenkova@hotmail.com    

                                                                                                              

US Biathlon in Europe #17

Hi Everyone,
This will be the final report on the Youth and Juniors from MN in Europe. Jakob Ellingson, Senior, from the Twin Cities was invited to go back to Europe for the 2 final IBU cup series and at last report was looking for funding. Amanda Kautzer has been invited to go to Sweden for the Swedish National Championships, but I am going to finish up reporting with todays Junior Relay races.

Relays are fun to watch and be in, if your team is in, say, the top 5 before the last shooting. When your team is back a ways, it isn’t real fun to watch. The old saying that a team is only as strong as its weakest link is double true in biathlon. It is also hard to judge exactly how fast the skiers are moving, as the 3 laps each skier does differ in length [each athlete skis a total of 7.5 or 6.0 km plus penalties] but depending on the stadium layout, the first lap might be a bit longer and the last lap shorter –or whatever. Some determination of comparable ski speed can be made between members of the team and the competition however based on the full leg of skiing with the shooting time deducted.

In the US Junior Men’s 4 x 7.5 km Relay team, Cody Johnson, ME skied the scramble leg, Cam Christiansen, MN skied 2nd, Travis Cooper, AK 3rd and Peter Carroll, CA anchored. Cody moved up nicely in the first lap, lost a bit of time loading one extra round to clean in prone, and skied a strong second leg. Too strong. He missed all 5 in standing, but did manage to come back and hit with his 3 extras, but then headed to the penalty loop for 2 laps. He tagged off Cam in next to last-16th place, who immediately got passed, but hung in tight. In the range, Cam cleaned prone with 5 and moved out in 15th 2:30 behind Russia. In Standing he missed 1 with the 5 but caught is immediately with his first extra round and left in 13th 2:52 back. He tagged off Travis in 13th, 3:23 back. Travis used 3 extras and moved the US up a couple of places. Peter also needed a few extra rounds and slowly dropped back in skiing to finish for the team in 14th place, 7:53 behind the Russians. It was an improvement, last year they finished in #16th place.

Cam shot the best today for the US hitting 10 targets with 11 shots; and the top 3 US Men each skied at about a 2:33 per km pace for their 7.5km The second leg Russian skied at a 2:23 pace and he wasn’t the fastest by 8 or 10 sec. And the US had two penalty loops and used 10 extra rounds that take about 20 sec each to handload and shoot, while the Russians had no penalty loops and used 7 extra rounds.

In the Junior Women’s 3 x 6.0 km Relay team, Siena Ellingson, MN scrambled, Helen Wilson, AK went 2nd and Nina Armstrong, NY anchored. One of the 3 Junior women selected at trials could not make the trip so they filled out the US team with Helen who is a Youth, but who did better than Nina in the last analysis.
Siena had problems in the range, shooting slowly and using all 3 extra rounds for both prone and standing. She tagged off in 16th place 2:25 back. Helen used just 2 extras—one each in prone and standing and tagged off to Nina in 17th only 9 sec behind Slovakia. Nina, attempting to make up ground, struggled in prone—missing all 8 shots for 5 penalty loops. She recovered to clean standing without extras, but finished for the US in 17th 11:30 back.

With the conclusion of the Championships the US team will travel to Vienna tonight. Cam and a few others will take a train to Munich and fly back from there on Thursday.

Enjoy!
Bill Meyer

US Biathlon in Europe #14

Update #14 – Good Morning All,

Since my last report, the US Youth and Juniors have participate in 4 races at Osrblie, Slovakia. The Juniors raced the Individual format yesterday and the Youth did the Sprint format today. As you might recall, the Individual for the Juniors has a 1 minute add-on penalty for misses and the shooting is PSPS for a total of 20 shots. The Sprint race is PS with a 150 meter penalty loop that typically takes about 25-30 sec to ski per missed shot.

In the Junior Men’s 15 km Individual event, the start was delayed 30 min while they ‘salted’ the course. That typically involves putting on a nitrogen based fertilizer which causes some snow to melt, but takes up heat in the process and thus freezes the remaining snowpack and dries it up a bit. Where it was salted, the athletes reported good skiing.

Cody Johnson., ME, shot well, 0,0,0,2 and finished in 50th place, 5:08 behind the winner, Pettersen of Norway who also missed his last 2 shots, and finished in 40:17. Travis Cooper did not start. Cam Christiansen, MN, had problems in the range, shooting 1,1,2,2 and finishing 8:10 back in 72nd; and Peter Carroll, CA, is just getting over jet lag and while shooting good in prone, was off in the standing, going 0,3,0 1 and finishing 10:36 back in 79th.

In Cam’s case, while his total 4 stage shooting time was ranked  47th—0:57 behind the fastest, he was only 11 sec slower than the winner. The rest of the time back was evenly divided between 4 min of shooting penalty and 4 min of ski time over the 15 km. The Junior fields are really strong on skis!!

In the Women’s 12.5km event, Siena Ellingson, MN, shot 0,1,2,1 and finished in  50th, 7:11 behind the Canadian winner, Bankes, who shot clean and finished in 37:22. Nina Armstrong, NY, also struggled in the range shooting 4,1,2,1 finishing in 65th, 14:15 behind the winner.

In todays Sprint races the finish place is doubly important as only the top 60 will advance to the Pursuit event on Sunday. Apparently the wind was pretty strong today and affected both prone and standing for most. In prone—a 15 mph side wind will blow the bullet from a center shot to the rim of the prone plate. Usually the wind will not change a lot from zero, but if it does in the hour or hour and a half, the athlete needs to make a sight adjustment at the time of shooting to compensate for the change before he/she shoots. In standing, the wind tends to buffet the shooter, causing difficulty in holding a sight picture through the shot and into follow-through, thus creating a lot of misses even though the standing target is about 2.5 times the diameter of the prone target. [115 mm standing vs 45 mm prone.]

In the Men’s 7.5km event: 

Vasek Cervenka, MN, struggled in the range today, shooting 4,2 finishing in 49th 3:27 behind the winner Claude of France who shot 1,1 and finished in 20:18.3. Vasek will advance to the Pursuit. Alex Kilby, AK, shot 1,2 finishing in 69th, 4:47 back, Jake Pearson, WY, shot 2,3 finishing in 76th, 5:07 back and Eli Nielsen, WA, shot 3,2 finishing in 82nd, 5:18 back.

In the Women’s 6 km event:

Chloe Levins, VT, shot well going 0,1 and finishing in 11th place, 1:40 behind the Italian winner, Lardschnieder who also had 1 miss and finished in 19:48.3. She was followed for the US by Grace Gilliland, AK, who shot 1,3 and finished in 55th, 4:35 back; Amanda Kautzer,MN,  who shot 3,3 and finished in 59th, 4:42 back barely making the cutoff for the Pursuit; and Helen Wilson, AK, who shot 2,2 and finished in 67th, 5:10 behind the winner.

Tomorrow, Saturday, brings the first European TV to these races. They are schedule to stream the 4:00 am Junior Men’s 10km Sprint and presumably the Junior Women’s 7.5km Sprint at 7:00 am. As of this writing, the start lists are not yet posted. Check IBU Data Center in a few hours for a list.

More later,
Bill Meyer

US Biathlon in Europe #11 – Lowell Bailey’s Gold Medal in the BWC Individual

Morning Everyone-

We are in the midst of the Senior World Championships in Hochfilzen, Austria. The biggest news, of course, is Lowell Bailey’s Gold Medal in the Individual race. As you might recall, that is 20km long for the Senior Men, and carries a 1 minute add-on penalty for each miss of the 20 shots. Shooting was rough with few shooting clean—Lowell being one of them. He came out of the range after the last shooing in 1st place by 7 sec ahead of Moravec’s time of the Czech Republic, a really strong skier……that lead dropped to 0.6 sec 1.5 km from the finish. Lowell dug deep..and won by 3.3 sec. Moravec also shot clean, third went to Fourcade of France who had 2 misses. Wow! That is a first for the US. We have been on the podium a few times, but never in that spot in the Senior World Cup or Senior Championships!! [Sean Dougherty owns the international record for wins at the Youth and Junior Worlds.]

Lowell, Lake Placid, was part of Cory Salmela’s Junior National team back in the late 90’s, where he was one of the US top Juniors. He then skied for the U of Vermont for 4 years and came back to biathlon without missing a beat…

Leif Norgren from Marine on the St Croix was 23rd in that race with 2 misses, Tim Burke was 36th with 4 and Sean Dougherty was 58th with 4. All came up through the US Junior programs.

The past two days have seen the relay races. Women’s 4 x 6 km yesterday and Men’s 4 x 7.5 km today. The US, undoubtedly inspired by Lowell, improved considerably over their past results indicated by their bib numbers. In the Women’s race, Germany won with no penalties and 9 extra rounds. [Recall that in the relay, each shooter must handload up to 3 extra rounds if their target is not clean..after that comes the 150 meter penalty loop for any targets not hit with the total of 8 shots. Each extra loading, aiming and firing takes about 8-10 sec—so kind of a double penalty] The US Women finished 14th moving up from 22nd in the last relay. They were 3:37 back of Germany, used 13 extra rounds and no penalties. 23 Nations had teams in the race.

In the Men’s race this am, the US started with bib #18 putting Lowell out first. He shot clean with no extras and stuck close to the leaders handing off to Leif. Leif used one extra and handed off to Tim Burke in about 6th place. Tim shot clean using 4 extras, and also losing time on skis to the leaders. Sean went out last, with the US holding behind the second pack—and finishing in 7th place using 8 extras and no penalty loops….1:50 behind winner Russia who only used 3 extra rounds. France was 2nd, Austria was 3rd with Germany unable to catch Landertinger of Austria. 26 Nations had teams in this race.

Tomorrow are the Mass Starts. If you are an insomniac, the Women’ 12,5 km race will be on live at 4:30 am CST and the Men’s 15 km much better at 7:45. All will be posted later for viewing at your convenience online, hard to avoid the results beforehand if you watch them later. The coverage has been awesome with much of the course covered by the cameras along with the normal range graphics and splits from the course. In the Individual race the electronic tie-in is so tight the 1 minute penalty for a miss will jump the shooters running time while he is in the process of shooting. All the shooting times, and results and course splits are posted after the races on the IBU Data webpage.

Only the top 30 in the World Cup Rankings will race in the Mass Start races. So Susan Dunkley in the first race and Lowell Bailey in the second for the US. Shooting is PPSS with the first shoot on their bib number than filling in from the right for the remainder of the range visits.

Our MN Youth and Juniors are still in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, where they have been for the past couple of weeks, training with Coach Travis Voyer of the National Guard. Tomorrow they will move to the venue for the YJr Worlds at Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia. Monday will be ski test and course familiarzation, Tues Official Training. Then the Youth Men and Women do the Individual event on Wed, followed by the Junior Men and Women on Thurs. The Start lists will be posted the night before on IBU’s webpage. It will be interesting to see how many Nations are represented. Normally it is close to 30. It will also be interesting to see what is televised by Eurosport. That should show up on their website after the senior Champs are done tomorrow. If not, you can usually find that someone has posted most or all of each race on UTube.

Our MN Youth are Amanda and Vasek; the Juniors are Siena and Cam. Jakob Ellingson, a Senior now, is back in the US doing NorAm races and trying to qualify for the final IBU events. Lot of traveling if he makes it!! Raleigh Goessling has tossed his hat into the ring also for those races.

For the YJrWorld Championships, the order of the events is Individual Youth Wed, Ind. Jr’s Thurs; Sprint Youth Fri, Spt. Jr’s Sat; All Pursuits [top 60 from the Sprints] Sunday; Youth Relays on Monday and finishing up with the Junior Relays on Tues. So lot of racing coming up!!

More soon!
B