US IBU Cup Trials Mass Start Dec 17, 2017 – RESULTS

The US athlete selection Trials races for positions on the US Team to the upcoming IBU Cups in Europe continued over the weekend with a Sprint race on Saturday and a Mass Start race on Sunday. The races are scored on a percent back basis with each athletes times compared with the average of the top 3 finishers in the race. So being close to the top counts more than the finish places. Of course the top finishers get more points than those behind them. The US Olympic Biathlon Team has not yet been completely selected, so those named from these Trials may have an opportunity to move up to the World Cup from the IBU Cup, or even up to the Olympic Team.

Results IBU Cup Mass Start 12.17.17

In the Saturday Sprint races, Day 2 of the IBU Team Trials saw some light snow and a brisk, but variable SE wind. Only one athlete, Joanne Reid of the USBA team cleaned all her targets, letting her finish 1st in the Women’s 7.5 km event with a time of 21:22. In 2nd was Chloe Levins, USBA, with 2 misses, 1:14 back, and in 3rd was Maddie Phaneuf, USBA X Team, also with 2 misses and 1:25 behind.

In the Men’s 10 km race, Alexander Howe, Craftsbury GRP, missed 2 and finished in 24:26 for 1st place, Jakob Ellingson, Mt Itasca Biathlon/ National Guard Biathlon missed 1, finishing only 3.3 sec behind, while Jake Brown, USBA X Team, missed 2 and finished 13.6 sec behind for 3rd. Vasek Cervenka, Mt Itasca , was in 5th with 3 misses 50.2 sec behind. Jakob Ellingson, Jake Brown, and Vasek Cervenka are all from MN.

On Sunday, Day 3 of the Trials, the temps warmed up a bit, higher humidity ruled, and the SE wind continued to rise and fall causing many top shooters to visit the penalty loop. In Biathlon it is pretty much impossible to predict the top finishers even knowing the relative ski and shooting ability of the athletes, they have to combine both talents to win.

In the Men’s 15 km Mass Start event [see picture of start below] Jakob Ellingson and Russell Currier, USBA, left the range together, both cleaning the last standing shoot. Russell, with 3 total misses, finished 1st in 36:23 with some blistering skiing, 15 sec ahead of Jakob, who had only 1 miss total for 2nd. Patrick Johnson, California, finished 3rd with 4 misses, 1:16 back. Vasek Cervenka, was again in 5th place, with 5 missed shots, finishing 2:14 behind.

Vasek, an 18 yr old from Grand Rapids, was skiing in the Senior Men’s category, normally for those 21 yrs of age and up.

In the Women’s 12.5 km race, Chloe Levins, moved up to 1st, missing 3 shots and finishing in 36:43. Maddie Phaneuf, also with 3 misses, finished 2nd 10.1 sec behind, and Joanne Reid, missing 6 shots, was 3rd 1:10 behind. Siena Ellingson, Mt Itasca/ National Guard Biathlon, was 4th, missing 4 shots, finishing 2:11 behind Chloe.

The last race of the Trials will be a Sprint on Tues, after which the USBA International Competition Committee will examine the results and announce the team nominations.

21st Fall Festival Recap – Results

Hi Everyone-
Today we held our final roller ski biathlon race of the year at Elk River on the Woodland Trails. Despite the snow earlier in the week and the falling leaves, the course was in the best shape we have seen since July. Thanks to Chad Bouley and his #1 son, the leaves and debris were blown off yesterday pm and this morning only a few dry leaves were floating around. With the snowy trees in the background, it was a fitting transition into winter. The forecast showed only a slight chance of precipitation, but actually the air stayed dry with temps in the lower 30’s. Roller skis are not the fastest at that temp, but slowly warmed up as the morning progressed.

https://photo.wrocket.org/2017/fall_festival/

Elk River Fall Festival – 2017-10-29 – By Event
11.4km
Place / Class Name Category Start Finish Overall Back P P S S Total Notes
1 / 1 Ellingson, Jakob SM 1:10 42:14 41:04 +0:00 3 3 2 1 9
2 / 1 Christiansen, Cam JM 1:00 42:56 41:56 +0:52 2 3 1 1 7
9.3 km
Place / Class Name Category Start Finish Overall Back P P S S Total Notes
1 / 1 Ellingson, Siena SW 1:20 37:43 36:23 +0:00 3 1 1 1 6
2 / 2 Guthrie, Hanne SW 1:30 39:07 37:37 +1:14 2 1 2 3 8 Skied one extra penalty loop.
3 / 1 Watson, Emma YW 1:50 41:20 39:30 +3:07 0 2 0 0 2
4 / 2 Bosek, Kaisa YW 1:40 42:32 40:52 +4:29 1 1 0 1 3
5 / 3 Bouley, Cheresa YW 2:00 46:03 44:03 +7:40 2 1 2 1 6
7.2km
Place / Class Name Category Start Finish Overall Back P P S S Total Notes
1 / 1 Bosek, Ryker B 2:10 42:01 39:51 +0:00 3 2 2 3 10
2 / 1 Watson, Lucy G 2:20 43:45 41:25 +1:34 2 3 4 1 10

 

In the Men’s and Jr Men’s 11.4 km category, Jakob Ellingson, Mt Itasca Biathlon and National Guard Biathlon, overcame some range problems to take down Cam Christiansen, NNW.

In the Women’s 9.3 km category, Siena Ellingson, Mt Itasca Biathlon and National Guard Biathlon, slowly pulled away from Hanne Guthrie, NNW, especially in the final standing stages.

In the Youth Women’s 9.3 Km race, Emma Watson, Duluth Biathlon and top shooter of the day, missed only 2 shots of the 20, to hold off Kaisa Bosek, Wolfpack Biathlon of Alexandria, who was the second best shooter with 3 misses. Cheresa Bouley, NNW, improved her shooting immensely today, but suffered a broken wheel on one of her skis so you could hear her coming each time she approached the range! She finally had to finish the race running in her ski boots. Good Luck at the State Cross Country Running meet later in the week!!

And In the Boys/Girls 7.2 km event, Ryker Bosek, Wolfpack, shooting all prone on prone targets managed to stay ahead of Lucy Watson, Duluth Biathlon, who was shooting prone and standing—both with 10 misses.

The next race in MN will be MNCup #1 on the 10th of Dec at Mt Itasca on manmade snow!!

Bill Meyer

Elk River Roller Ski Biathlon Race – Sunday, Sept 24, 2017 – RESULTS

Elk River Roller Ski Biathlon Race

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

 Sunday, September 24, 2017 – Race Announcement 9_24_17

Images from Bryan Wray: https://photo.wrocket.org/2017/september_elk_river_summer_biathlon/

RESULTS & Images below

Elk River Summer Biathlon – 2017-09-24 – By Event
11.4km
Place / Class Name Category Start Finish Overall Back P P S S Total
1 / 1 Ellingson, Jakob SM 1:00 36:14 35:14 +0:00 1 1 0 0 2
2 / 2 Dahlberg, Jake SM 1:10 43:33 42:23 +7:09 3 3 3 1 10
3 / 1 Stertz, Sam YM 1:30 46:59 45:29 +10:15 2 1 3 2 8
4 / 1 Peterson, Paul MM 1:20 52:58 51:38 +16:24 2 2 5 2 11
5 / 3 Plantenberg, Kort SM 1:40 1:13 59:33 +24:19 1 2 2 2 7
9.3km
Place / Class Name Category Start Finish Overall Back P P S S Total
1 / 1 Ellingson, Siena SW 1:50 36:28 34:38 +0:00 1 1 2 1 5
2 / 1 Stertz, Emma YW 2:10 37:15 35:05 +0:27 0 2 0 1 3
3 / 1 Bosek, Kaisa G 2:20 41:24 39:04 +4:26 3 1 1 0 5
4 / 2 Guthrie, Hanne SW 2:00 41:32 39:32 +4:54 1 3 3 3 10
5 / 2 Watson, Emma YW 2:40 44:38 41:58 +7:20 1 1 0 1 3
6 / 3 Bouley, Cheresa YW 2:30 50:02 47:32 +12:54 3 2 4 3 12
7.1km
Place / Class Name Category Start Finish Overall Back P P S S Total
1 / 1 Lau, Aiden YMN 3:00 36:45 33:45 +0:00 5 5 5 5 20
Shot prone-on-standing last two stages. Need shooting results.
2 / 1 Bosek, Ryker BN 2:50 42:40 39:50 +6:05 3 2 4 2 11
Shot prone-on-prone all four stages.
3 / 1 Watson, Lucy G 3:10 44:28 41:18 +7:33 1 0 5 3 9

 

76     Jakob Ellingson, Mt Itasca Biathlon Grand Rapids,  [Hopkins]
102    Jake Dahlberg  MN National Guard, Duluth {Ely]
352    Paul Peterson  MN Natiional Guard, Hastings
353    Sam Stertz    Mt Itasca, Grand Rapids
354    Kort Plantenberg, MN Guard, [St Cloud]
4580  Siena Ellingson, Mt Itasca Biathlon, US Biathlon Team,  Grand Rapids, [Hopkins]
4677  Hanne Guthrie, NNW, Duluth [Chanhassen]
6788   Emma Stertz, Mt Itasca Biathlon, Grand Rapids
6764   Kaisa Bosek, Wolfpack Biathlon, Alexandria
6776   Cheresa Bouley, NNW, Zimmerman
6809  Emma Watson, Duluth Biathlon, Duluth
7536  Ryker Bosek, Wolfpack, Alexandria
7537  Aiden Lau, MN Guard…?
7541  Lucy Watson, Duluth Biathlon, Duluth

 

  • Men – 11.4K (5 Medium loops)
  • Women – 9.3K (3 Medium / 2 Short loops)
  • Boys / Girls – 7.1 K (1 Medium / 4 Short loops)
    • PPSS with Penalty Loops
    • 10 second interval starts 
  • Registration 9:30 AM
    • Please have your paperwork and payment complete before you come to the range.
  • Zero – 10:00 AM
  • Race Start – 11:00 AM
  • Cost – $10.00 (Cheap!)
    • Make checks payable to Minnesota Biathlon
  • Volunteers needed!! Please call Brian to volunteer.
  • Any questions? – Call Brian Wray at 651-366-2952

Elk River Roller Ski Biathlon Race – Thurs, August 24, 2017 – RESULTS

Minnesota Biathlon Summer Series Race #2 Recap

Link to Photos

On a beautiful and cool summer evening, MN Biathlon held their second race in the Summer Rollerski Race series on the paved trails at Woodland Park in Elk River. Fifteen athletes from around the state participated in the Pursuit format event.

In the Men’s and Senior Women 11.4 km race, Jakob Ellingson, Mt Itasca Biathlon, shooting 1,1,1,2 finished in 34:35 beating out second place Cam Christiansen, Nisswa Northwest, who shot 1,0,0,1 and finished 4 min back.
In the Woman’s event Siena Ellingson, Mt Itasca and USBA Development, shot 3,1,2,2 and finished in 41:56.

In the Youth Women and Older Girls 9.3 km race Stormy Hegg, Wolfpack Biathlon from Alexandria, shot 2,1,0,2 to take the top honors in 35:55 edging out second place Emma Stertz, Mt Itasca, 2,2,0,3 by 5 sec.

In the Younger Girls/Boys 7.1 km race, Frank Gangi, Mt Itasca, 0,2,3,2 finished in 29:38 just ahead of Matej Cervenka Mt Itasca, 0,0,2,3 who finished in 30:12.

On the Girls side, Clara Kramer, Duluth Biathlon, shooting 3,2,4,5 finished in 35:45, ahead of Maj Lis Helmer, Duluth Biathlon, 5,4,4,2 who finished in 39:52.

The next event in the series will be again at Elk River on Sunday, the 24th of Sept with a 10:00 zero.

Name Race Start Finish Overall Time P1 P2 S1 S2 Total Misses
Jakob Ellingson 11.4km 0:01:00 0:35:35 0:34:35 1 1 1 2 5
Cam Christiansen 11.4km 0:01:10 0:39:49 0:38:39 1 0 0 1 2
Garret Beckrich 11.4km 0:01:20 0:40:44 0:39:24 1 4 2 0 7
Siena Ellingson 11.4km 0:01:50 0:43:46 0:41:56 3 1 2 2 8
Warren Rosholt 11.4km 0:01:40 0:47:46 0:46:06 1 2 2 2 7
Sam Stertz 11.4km 0:01:30 0:48:45 0:47:15 2 4 3 1 10
Frank Gangi 7.1km 0:02:50 0:32:28 0:29:38 0 2 3 2 7
Matej Cervenka 7.1km 0:03:00 0:33:12 0:30:12 0 0 2 3 5
Ryker Bosek 7.1km 0:03:40 0:37:11 0:33:31 1 2 0 0 3
Clara Kramer 7.1km 0:03:20 0:39:05 0:35:45 3 2 4 5 14
Maj Lis Helmer 7.1km 0:03:30 0:43:22 0:39:52 5 4 4 2 15
Stormy Hegg 9.3km 0:02:20 0:38:15 0:35:55 2 1 0 2 5
Emma Stertz 9.3km 0:02:00 0:38:00 0:36:00 2 2 0 3 7
Kaisa Bosek 9.3km 0:02:10 0:41:00 0:38:50 2 0 4 2 8
Cheresa Bouley 9.3km 0:02:30 0:44:34 0:42:04 2 1 4 3 10

Notes: Cam Christiansen: Assessed +2:00 for missed penalty loop.
Ryker Bosek: Shot prone-on-standing in stages 3/4

Photos by Brian Wray

2017 North American Rollerski Biathlon Championships

After a week of training at the venue including an early morning run up the hill to the range, 100 pushups and a lot of combination training [skiing/shooting] , on Saturday and Sunday, the US Biathlon Association held the annual NorAm Rollerski Biathlon Championships at the challenging venue in Jericho Center, Vermont. Minnesota was represented by 18 Biathletes, 15 who traveled from MN plus Raleigh Goessling, currently in Maine,formerly from Esko; Leif Nordgren, with the US Team formerly from Marine on the St Croix and Jake Brown, with the US X Team formerly from the Twin Cities. Paul Schommer and Bill Bowler from Wisconsin also participated.

Results are online at http://www.eabiathlon.org/

On Saturday all classes did a Sprint Race followed on Sunday by a Mass Start for the Senior Women and Junior/Senior Men. For the other classes on Sunday was a Pursuit race with 5 sec interval starts based on the previous days finish.

Participating from MN:
Senior Men and finish places
Leif Nordgren             5th in Sprint, 7th in Mass Start
Paul Schommer         7th & 4th
Jakob Ellingson,         10th & 12th
Vasek Cervenka         11th &  11th-[Note: Vasek is a Youth racing up to Seniors]
Bill Bowler                 13th & 15th
Jake Brown                14th & 16th
Raleigh Goessling     16th & 17th
Senior Women
Siena Ellingson         7th & 10th
Junior Men
Cam Christiansen     1st in  Jr Sprint, 18th in Mass Start [Cam raced up to Seniors in Mass Start]
Junior Women
Halcyon Brown        3rd in Sprint and 3rd in Pursuit on Sunday
Youth Men
Garrett Beckrich        9th & 2nd
Youth Women
Emma Stertz            2nd & 2nd
Boys
Sam Stertz             6th & 8th
Matej Cervenka     8th & 11th
Frank Gangi           11th & 9th
Girls
Lucia Wyland         2nd & 4th
Kaisa Bosek            3rd & 2nd
Stormy Hegg           5th & 5th
Annika Viren          6th & 6th
Elsa Viren               7th & 10th

Note in the US podium picture [no Canadian]-all MN Girls—lr Lucia Wyland, Kaisa Bosek, Stormy Hegg

Bill Meyer, MNBiathlon Coach