Novice Biathlon Clinic Elk River Saturday 2nd of March

“The registration cap for this event has been reached. Stay tuned to this website for further novice clinics at the Duluth and Mt. Itasca venues.”

See the revised schedule below:

Hi Everyone-
Here is a signup sheet for the Novice Clinic to be held at the Elk River Range on Saturday the 2nd of March, 2019.

10:00 Novice clinic begins on the range at Woodland Trails –[1 km from the parking lot—so allow time to get out there]
11:00 Experienced athletes will zero- Novices observe procedure and actual race
11:45 approx Experience athletes will race
1:00 pm Novice race

https://goo.gl/forms/SzB465mCPw8Sfa1w2

Space will be very limited. We will try to keep a measured number of slots open for those under age 20. Please get in touch with Brian Wray at brian.the.wray@gmail.com for more information. There will also likely be Novice Clinics held in conjunction with the upcoming races on the 9th of March at Snowflake and the 16th of March at Mt Itasca.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Wisconsin Cup #6

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=165315

Interested in trying a Biathlon event out of state? Coming up on the 17th of Feb is Wisconsin Cup #6 to be held just north of Green Bay WI. One family has already talked to me about attending..Hanne Guthrie is now a local over that way, and I am sure would love to see some MN faces to race against.

Let me know if you are interested, and I might even pack an overnight bag.

We got about 10” more snow last night..packing the range again today.

Enjoy the Winter! And 3 more MN Cup races coming up on Saturdays starting on March 3rd!

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Eleven high school biathletes make Nordic Skiing State Meet

Eleven High School age Minnesota Biathletes were successful at their respective section meets and will move up to the State Nordic Skiing Meet next week.

Name, Club                            Grade  Place at Sections            
Garrett Beckrich, Mt Itasca Biathlon  12th   1st [2018 State Champ]
Kaisa Bosek,  Wolfpack Biathlon       10th   4th
Cheresa Bouley, TC Biathlon,          12th   4th
Jackson Grant, NNW                    10th   4th
Connor Grant, NNW                     8th    27th [team member]
Stormy Hegg, Wolfpack                 12th   8th
Maj Lis Helmer, Duluth                11th   14th [team member]
Clara Kramer, Duluth                  11th   3rd
Sam Stertz, Mt Itasca                 10th   4th
Elsa Viren, Mt Itasca                 10th   2nd
Annika Viren, Mt Itasca               12th   11th

Our congratulations to all, and our best wishes for your State meet races!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Youth and Junior World Championships

Today saw the completion of the YJr World Biathlon Championships in Slovakia with all 4 classes in their respective Pursuit races. Only the top 60 from the Sprint races advanced to the Pursuit—and the start time is not given back, so if you were 2 min behind in the Sprint—you start 2 min back in the Pursuit and the first one across the line wins.

Of extra note was Chloe Levins in the Jr Women’s event who moved from 29th starting 1:16 back based on her sprint results—up to 10th today 1:06 back shooting 0,0,1,1. Very nice!

In the Youth Men’s Pursuit, Garrett Beckrich of Mt Itasca/MN Biathlon moved up from 45th starting 2:42 back to 31st finishing 4:52 back with 1,1,1,1 on the range. Very nice way to finish the Championships!!

Garrett’s races both on Friday and today were won by Alex Cisar of Slovenia. Alex spent a couple of months training at Mt Itasca early this summer..and I grabbed a little video on him during a time trial on the Mesabi trail. Alex is in the white helmet doing V2 up a long pretty steep hill. Note how long he stays on his left ski as he initiates poling from a high forward position before he pushes across. Strong guy!! Really good technique!

Enjoy. Later this week the World Cup moves to Canmore, Alberta, then the following week to Soldier Hollow where we just had the US Youth and Junior Trials. Replays of those races are available on the IBU webpage under live broadcasts…Eurosport.

https://www.biathlonworld.com/competitions/youth-world-championship/events/ibu-youth-junior-world-championships-osrblie-1819/bt1819jwrlch__/race/ymen-10-km-pursuit/bt1819jwrlch__ympu/

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Y Jr World Championships- Junior classes Sprints

Leopold and Levins advance to Pursuits

Lars Leopold, and Chloe Levins will join Garrett Beckrich and Helen Wilson in the Pursuit races for the US tomorrow to conclude the 2019 Y Jr Biathlon World Championships.

Leopold finished todays Jr Men’s 10 km Sprint 2:59 behind Vebjoern Soerum, Norway, who shot clean and finished in 25:42. Lars shot 0,2 and finished in 54th place.
Vasek Cervenka shot 1,1 and was 3:08 back for 63rd; Cody Johnson shot 1,1 and finished 3:20 back for 72nd; and Camren Nielsen shot 1,1 and finished 5:48 back for 92nd.

In the Jr Women’s 7.5km event, Chloe Levins shot 0,1 to finish 29th, 1:16 behind winner Ekaterina Bekh of Ukraine who shot clean and finished in 21:03. Maja Lapkiss was 62nd shooting 1,1 and finishing 2:40 back; and Ariana Woods was 88 th shooting 2,5 and finishing 6:37 behind.

The top 60 in each race advance to the Pursuit races.

Good shooting and fast skiing to all !!

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Y Jr Worlds- Biathlon- Youth Sprints

Garrett Beckrich top US Youth Biathlete again.

In the 7.5 km Youth Men’s Sprint, Garrett Beckrich, Mt Itasca/MN Biathlon, again lead the US team with a 45th place finish shooting 1,2 and ending up 2:42 behind winner Alex Cisar, Slovenia, who shot 1,0 and finished in 20:27. Alex spent a couple of months training at Mt Itasca this spring.

Bjorn Westervelt shot 2,2 and finished 2:53 back for 54th place; Maxime Germain shot 3,1 and finished 3:22 back for 66th and Vincent Bonacci shot 4,0, finished 3:52 behind for 74th place, out of 110 finishers.

Garrett and Bjorn advance to the Pursuit race on Sunday.

In the Youth Women’s 6.0 km event, Emma Stertz, Mt Itasca/ MN Biathlon missed 3 shots to finish 62 nd, 3:37 behind Maren Bakker of Norway who cleaned and finished in 17:31. The top 60 advance to the Pursuit.

Helen Wilson, Anchorage, finished 55th with 1 penalty, 3:17 back; Lena Farra, Salt Lake City, had 5 penalties, finished 70th 4:03 back and Lexie Madigan, Truckee Calif, had 5 penalties and finished in 73rd 4:15 back out of 103 finishers.

Tomorrow the Juniors have their Sprint races followed on Sunday by the Pursuits for all classes.

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon