Race Day #2 at 2019 USBA Junior Trials

At http://eabiathlon.org/ you can find all the results to date from
VT at US Biathlon Team Trials. Yesterday was a training day rather than today as was anticipated. Final race is tomorrow.

Note also the standings available. These are based on % back of the average of the top 3 in the race by class. After tomorrow’s shorter sprint [6 km women and 7.5 km men] each athlete’s top 2 scores will be used to determine final placement.

Our congrats to Garrett Beckrich..winner two days in a row!!

Our best to all the participants—today was sleet and wind.

Bill Meyer, Coach

Elk River Biathlon Novice Clinic – Sunday, Jan 12, 2020

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

  • 11:00AM:​ Come see experienced biathletes compete at a 9km, 5-lap race from a close-up, range-side view.
  • 12:00PM – 12:45: Mandatory ​safety instruction and rifle practice.
  • 1:00PM: ​Untimed, low-key 2.4km race. Three ski laps, two shooting stages!

Woodland Trails Biathlon Range – Directions

$40 / participant
In-person cash or check made out to Minnesota Biathlon.

What’s Included
● Rifle safety and marksmanship instruction.
● Shooting practice.
● A low-key, non-technical, and untimed “race” to test our your new skills.
● Rifles and ammunition will be provided by the club.

● Parental permission if under the age of 18.
○ For participants under the age of 14, a parent ​must ​be present during the clinic.
● Basic cross-country ski proficiency.
○ You don’t have to be fast!
○ You should be able to ski a few kilometers and negotiate easy hills and turns.
● There is no minimum age to register, but:
○ The rifles will be adult-sized.
○ Attendees ​must ​be able to listen and carefully follow coach directions for the duration of the clinic.

What to Bring
● Skis, poles, and boots.
○ Skate gear strongly preferred, but classic can work.
● Gloves. Mittens will interfere with riflery.
● Appropriate clothing to the weather.
● A snack.
● A positive attitude!

Interested? Have questions?
Contact Brian Wray at brian@minnesotabiathlon.com, or sign-up online (save some paper!) at https://forms.gle/nBgB4xB3d7489h69A

US Team Trials

Starting Saturday morning in Jericho, VT, 9 MN Youth and Jr Biathletes will compete in the US Team Trials for positions on the US team to the Youth and Junior World Biathlon Championships. The annual World Championships, normally involving teams from 25-30 nations, will be held this year in Lenzerheide, Switzerland from 23 Jan to 02 Feb.

Following are the participants and home towns:

Youth Women:

  • Kaisa Bosek—Alexandria [Currently named a member of the Youth Olympic Games team for the Games starting 9 Jan in Lansanne, Swiz.] 

Youth Men:

  • Matej Cervenka- Grand Rapids
  • Joey DelToro  – Woodbury
  • Sam Stertz- Grand Rapids

Junior Women:

  • Emma Stertz- Grand Rapids

Junior Men:

  • Garrett Beckrich- Grand Rapids
  • Vasek Cervenka- Grand Rapids
  • Gabe Raguse- Nisswa
  • Hunter Zupko- Little Falls

Qualifying races will be held on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, and scored on a percent back basis against the average of the top 3 in the race. All racing is done on a standard wax picked by the organizers and applied by the coaches working in unison. 

There are 4 positions to be filled in each category, with all open except a slot taken in the Junior Men category by a qualifier from the IBU Trials held earlier. Each participant will be scored based on their best 2 of the 3 races. 

Shortly after YJr Trials, on the 6th and 7th of Jan, 4 older biathletes from the Midwest will compete in Arber, Germany, for positions on the US Teams to the IBU Cup and World Cup events starting again shortly in Europe. In addition,  Leif Nordgren, originally from Marine on the St Croix, will start on the World Cup circuit based on his previous results. 

Competing in the final round of qualifying races will be: Jake Brown, St Paul, MN: Raleigh Goessling, Duluth, MN native; Deedra Irwin, Pulaski, WI; and Paul Schommer, Appleton, WI. 

Our best wishes for success to all!!

Enjoy the Journey!

Bill Meyer, Coach

MNCup #3 – Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at Elk River – RESULTS

Elk River Biathlon Sunday, January 12th, 2020
Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

Elk River January Biathlon – 2020-01-12 – By Event
Place / Class Name Category Start Finish Overall Back P P S S Total
1 / 1 Ellingson, Jake SM 1:10 32:52 31m 42s 0m 0s 2 2 0 1 5
2 / 2 Baker, Zean SM 1:20 37:18 35m 58s 4m 16s 1 2 2 1 6
3 / 1 Grant, Connor B 1:50 38:13 36m 23s 4m 41s 2 1 2 0 5
4 / 1 Grant, Jackson YM 1:00 37:48 36m 48s 5m 6s 4 4 3 2 13
5 / 2 Bean, Parker B 1:30 39:08 37m 38s 0ms 5m 56s 0ms 3 1 1 3 8
6 / 3 Mattison, Dietrich B 1:40 42:01 40m 21s 0ms 8m 39s 0ms 1 2 4 5 12
7 / 1 Bouley, Cheresa JW 2:10 45:20 43m 10s 0ms 11m 28s 0ms 2 3 4 4 13
8 / 1 Torresani, Julia G 2:40 46:00 43m 20s 0ms 11m 38s 0ms 1 3 4 1 9
9 / 2 Landrum, Saylor G 2:30 48:03 45m 33s 13m 51s 4 2 3 3 12
10 / 3 LaHammer, Audrey G 2:00 55:10 53m 10s 21m 28s 3 3 4 4 14

Woodland Trails Biathlon Range – Directions

9km – All Divisions
5 laps of the famed and thrilling 1.8km “Scouring Rush” loop.
4 shooting stages, PPSS.

Registration @ 9:30 AM

Please have your paperwork filled out beforehand.
Either print and complete the second page of this announcement or online at https://forms.gle/93exZsTR9XEibxNv9

Zero @ 10:00 AM
Race Start @ 11:00 AM
Time-trial start, 10 second interval.

$10 / racer
Cash or check made out to Minnesota Biathlon

Race for free!
Stay after the race and lend a hand (and rifle) to the novice clinic that will run from noon until 1:30pm. All helpers will have their race fees waived.

Contact Bill Meyer at ​wmeyer@nisswa.net​, or sign-up online at: https://forms.gle/93exZsTR9XEibxNv9

MN Cup #2: Sunday, December 22, 2019 at Mt Itasca – RESULTS

Minnesota Cup #2:
Hosted by Mt.Itasca Nordic Ski Association

Date: Sunday, December 22, 2019 (previously Dec 15th)
Place: Mt.Itasca, Coleraine
Race Format: Sprint prelim, followed by Pursuit race!             

Distance:  4k Sprint + 6k Pursuit
Registration:  9:30  AM –  9:55 AM
Zero:             10:00 AM – 10:40 AM

Race Start:   10:45 AM -Sprint prelim. (mass start)
                      11:30 – approx. Pursuit race

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

Questions?  call Vlad 218 256 8323 or email cervenkv@gmail.com