MNCup #4 in Nisswa, Saturday, Feb 1, 2020

INVITATION 
MNCUP #4—SATURDAY FEB 1, 2020

NISSWA RANGE

Coming up two weeks from tomorrow, Feb 1st, is the next in our MNCup series of races. The following day, for anyone interested, is the BNSC’s Lumberjack Jaunt, at the Arboretum in BRD,  a 6/16 km Nordic race..classical or skate. For information regarding that event—please go to the BNSC webpage.

MNCUP #4 BIATHLON RACE

WHEN: Saturday, 1st of Feb, 2020  

TIME: zero at 10:00 am, races begin when all are zeroed—10:45- 11:00

WHERE: Nisswa range. 24757 Charmin Ave, Nisswa. Lower Roy Lake Rd, Nisswa. Next to the Nisswa Wastewater Treatment Plant/Nisswa Maintenance Facility. Note: there are no bathroom facilities available at the range. 

WHAT: Two races are planned, both short and fast! A 3.15 km sprint [2 shooting stages] followed by the first ½ of a single mixed relay with teams based on finish in the sprint [3 km and 2 shooting stages each w/ relay rounds].  The formats have been picked to help prepare you for the section races if you are in high school. 

CLASSES: There will be no age classes per say. Experienced athletes will carry and shoot normal p,s targets. Younger experienced athletes will do the same but not carry. Anyone who is just advancing from a Novice race will not carry and will shoot prone on standing.

  WHO: Any athlete who has been taught biathlon safety and who has shot on their home range is eligible to participate. All will zero at 10:00 am. All participants will use their own slings/cuffs, except Novices will shoot free position unless they provide a rest for the rifle. Those without their own rifle can use a club rifle but no support will be provided unless they bring something. Up to 4- possibly 5 Novices advancing from a Novice event this year or last can apply. [Based on my rifle availability] 

WEATHER: We have snow. A lot of snow. A whole lot of snow!! And are forecast tonight for up to 10” more. The temps appear to be mellowing toward race weekend. 

COST: There is no cost. 

SIGNUP AND LUNCH: Please let me know by Thursday, Jan 30th if you plan to attend the races. For Novices I suggest letting me know this weekend.  A lunch will be provided at Meyer’s after the races. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO JOIN US FOR LUNCH and how many we should expect—parents, coaches etc.

YOG–last race results- mixed relay

https://www.lausanne2020.sport/results/nh/en/Comp/Info/ResultList/BTX408101

This morning saw the last biathlon event at the Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland, a mixed relay. The results are linked in above.

The Mixed Relay starts with one of two women skiing 6 km each, shooting prone after 2 km with the normal 5 rounds from the magazine, then using up to 3 hand loaded ‘relay rounds’ if needed and doing penalty loops for any remaining targets; then standing after 2 km more, and then tagging off after 2 km more. After the two women, each of the two men on the team go 7.5km with two shooting stages for each one.

Kaisa Bosek, in her 4th race in 5 days, lead off for the US, used 2 extra rounds in prone, shot clean in standing and tagged off in 16th- 2 min behind the leader. From there the US struggled dropping to 18th then back up to 16th with the first boy and ending up in 19th after the last boy, a little over 10 min behind Italy, the winning team. Both boys used all their relay rounds and had a total of 3 penalty loops between them.

Kaisa has also qualified for the US team to the Youth and Junior Championships coming up with the first event on the 26th of January again in Switzerland.

Youth Olympic Games Update

https://www.lausanne2020.sport/results/nh/en/Comp/Info/ResultList/BTX409101

Results from yesterday’s Youth Olympic Games Single Mixed Relay. 21st. Each skier skis two laps [p,s w/ relay rounds] then tags off. Then they do it a second time [3rd and 4th legs] , with the man doing a finish lap after his last shoot. So 6 km for the woman and 7.5km for the man each with 4 shootings. 

Kaisa took a spill on the first lap of the first leg on an icy corner, did well on the second leg. 2 extra rounds to clean in prone the 1stleg, and 1 in the 3rd leg in standing to clean. Her partner didn’t fare as well in the range with numerous extra rounds and 4 penalty loops after using up his extras.

Coming up on tomorrow is the Sprint race for both Men and Women.

Bill Meyer

Youth and Junior Trials–team named

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (Dec. 31, 2019) – The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee is pleased to announce the 2020 Youth (U19) and Junior (U21) Biathlon World Championship Team. The 15-member squad will compete at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships taking place in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Jan. 26-Feb. 2.

The team was announced at the conclusion of the U.S. Biathlon Junior and Youth World Championships Trials held at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vt., Dec. 27-31. The trials consisted of two sprint races and one pursuit race for all categories.

“We are excited to field a great group of athletes for this season’s Youth and Junior World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland,” said U.S. Biathlon Director of High Performance Lowell Bailey. “The trials races were highly competitive, with bigger field sizes than we’ve seen in recent history.  A big congrats to all the competitors on a successful trials, and congrats to those athletes that qualified for the Youth and Junior World Championships.”

Qualifying for the 2020 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, were the following athletes:

Female Junior World Championship Team
Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt./USBA Junior National Team)
Ariana Woods (McCall, Idaho/Bridger Biathlon Club)
Emma Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./College of Saint Scholastica)

Female Youth World Championship Team
Helen Wilson (Eagle River, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club)
Lina Farra (Heber City, Utah/Team Soldier Hollow)
Kaisa Bosek (Alexandria, Minn./Minnesota Biathlon Wolfpack)
Eva Weymuller (Winthrop, Wash./Methow Valley Biathlon)

Male Junior World Championship Team
Lars Hammernes Leopold (Truckee, Calif./Asker Ski Club)
Garrett Beckrich (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon/USBA Junior National Team)
Vaclav Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn./U.S. National Guard/USBA Junior National Team)
Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, Wash./Crosscut Biathlon)

Male Youth World Championship Team
Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, Vt./Craftsbury Biathlon)
Maxime Germain (Anchorage, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club)
Timothy Cobb (Westford, Vt./Ethan Allen Biathlon/Mansfield Nordic)
Sam Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon)

Race Day #3 Results at 2019 USBA Junior Trials

Today saw the last of the 3 races in VT, Trials for the Youth and Junior World Championships. Results can be seen on http://www.eabiathlon.org/.

Also note the Overall series points (best 2 of 3):

Two things of note:
1] Kaisa Bosek won today’s YW race by 0.7 sec. She held off a young lady from Utah to hold 2nd place in the overalls by 0.5%.

2] Five MN biathletes are in the top 4 of the classes which makes them eligible for the US Team. The top two positions are normally automatic, while the remaining positions are subject to coach’s discretion. The International Competition Committee makes the final decision.

In contention:
Garrett Beckrich, Grand Rapids, 1st in Jr M. Garrett won his first two races
Vasek Cervenka, Grand Rapids, 2nd in Jr M, Vasek won the race today
Kaisa Bosek, Alexandria, 2nd in YW. Kaisa is also qualified for the Youth Olympic Games based on previous races
Emma Stertz, Grand Rapids, 4th in Jr W.
Sam Stertz, Grand Rapids, 4th in YM. Sam won his first race.

Our congrats to all who participated, and especially to those who won their races!! For those ultimately named to the 16 maximum person US team [4 each category] good luck in Switzerland!!!

Enjoy the next phase of your Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon