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

Y Jr World Championships- Youth relays this morning

Today saw the Youth class relays at the Youth and Junior Biathlon World Championships in Orsblie, Slovakia.

In the Youth Men’s 3 x 7.5 km event the USA finished 15th, 4:47.9 behind winner Germany.
Germany’s 3 athletes used only 5 spare rounds total [in a relay each athlete must use up to 3 extra single rounds after the 5 round magazine in each shooting stage, if all the targets were not hit] and the team finished in 1:01:50.6. The USA’s team used 14 extras and still had to do 2 penalty loops.

Garrett Beckrich will be skiing tomorrow with the Junior Men in the 4 x 7.5 event as one of the Junior athletes has been sick all week.

In the Youth Women’s 3 x 6.0 km event, the US finished 19th, 7:22 behind winner Norway, who only used 3 extra rounds and finished in 57:19.2
Emma Stertz had a good first leg—using only 3 extras and handing off in the middle of the pack. Lina Ferra struggled in standing using a total of 4 extra rounds and still needing 2 penalty loops before heading back to the course. Helen Wilson finished up using 3 extras.

So the next events will be tomorrow am with the Junior Men followed by the Junior Women. Then after a day break, the Youth Men and Women will do the Sprint events on Friday, the Juniors on Saturday and then all will do pursuit events on Sunday.

It’s a long tough week!!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

MN Cup #3 – NISSWA – Sun, Jan 13th, 2019 – RESULTS

MNCup #3 Biathlon Event Held at Nisswa

On Sunday, NNW Biathlon hosted MNCup#3 at the Nisswa range. Two events were held, a 4.5 km Sprint with 2 shooting stages followed by a 5 km Pursuit Format with 4 times in the range. In a Format event the start times are deducted from the time over the finish line.

In the Sprint, Little Falls Sophmore Jackson Grant, NNW, dominated in the Men’s side shooting 0,2 and finishing in 14:38. In second was Hunter Zupko, National Guard, also Little Falls, shooting 3,2 and finishing in 16:33.

In the Women’s field, Stormy Hegg, Wolfpack, Alexandria was first with 2,3 shooting finishing in 18:36. Emma Watson, Duluth Biathlon, shot 2,2 and finished in 18:56 for a close second.

In the Boy’s field, Ryker Bosek, Wolfpack, held off Connor Grant, NNW, with Bosek shooting 3,5 and outskiing Grant who shot 4,3, with Bosek finishing 36 sec ahead.

In the Girls field, Lucy Watson, Duluth Biathlon, shot 4,3 and finished in 22:43

In the Pursuit Format, the order of start was the order of finish in the Sprint. Zupko, shooting 1,3,2,1 outshot J Grant, 1,2,4,3 to edge him out by 15 sec, 23:25 to Grants 23:40.

In the Women’s side Hegg held on to the lead shooting 2,2,3,0 and outskiing E Watson who shot 2,1,1,2 with Hegg finishing 2:15 in front.

In the Boy’s event, Bosek, 0,1,3,3 again held off C Grant 1,1,2,3 with Bosek finishing just 39 sec ahead.

Complete results are attached.

Final results MNCup #3Sprint
NAMECLASSSTARTPSFIN TIMERACE TIMECLASS PLACEOVERALL PLACE
Jackson GrantYM05:30.00220:08** 14:38.011
Hunter ZupkoJM03:00.03219:33.016:33.012
Zean BakerSM02:00.01319:03.017:03.013
Derek LindblomSM03:30.02521:17.017:47.024
Joey DelToroYM01:00.01318:55.017:55.025
Evan IngebrigtsenMM02:30.00120:52.018:22.016
Stormy HeggYW01:30.02320:06.018:36.017
Emma WatsonYW04:00.022?22:56.018:56.028
Ryker BosekBOY04:30.03524:27.019:57.019
Connor GrantBOY00:30.04321:03.020:33.0210
Lucy WatsonGIRL05:00.04327:43.022:43.0111
Tim SaxtonSM00:00.02324:27.024:27.0312
Jeff DufreneSM06:00.03233:22.027:22.0413
** 26 sec wait for target
BIATHLON START LIST- PURSUIT
NAMESTARTPPSSTFIN TIMERACE TIMECLASS PLACEOVERALL PLACECLASS
Hunter Zupko00:10.01321723:35.023:25.011JM
Jackson Grant00:00.012431023:40.023:40.012YM
Zean Baker00:20.01131624:35.024:15.013SM
Stormy Hegg01:00.02230726:39.025:39.014YW
Derek Lindblom00:30.034121026:45.026:15.025SM
Ryker Bosek01:20.00133727:55.026:35.016BOY
Conner Grant**01:30.01123728:44.027:14.027BOY
 Emma Watson01:10.02112629:04.027:54.028YW
Evan Ingebrigtsen**00:50.01122629:05.028:15.019MM
Joey DelToro00:40.021441128:56.028:16.0210YM
 Tim Saxton01:40.02201532:23.030:43.0311SM
Jeff Defrene01:50.043431440:42.038:52.0412SM
**time adjusted for no target

MN Cup #3 – NISSWA – Sun, Jan 13th, 2019

Minnesota Cup #3

Date: Sunday, Jan 13th, 2019
Place: Nisswa Range [note change in venue from Elk River!]
Race Format: Sprint prelim, followed by Pursuit race!
Distance:  4.5k Sprint + 5k Pursuit format 5 sec intervals

Registration:  9:15 AM –  9:55 AM
Zero:             10:00 AM – 10:40 AM
Race Start:   10:45 AM –Sprint 30 sec Individual start
                      11:30 – approx. Pursuit race

Cost:            $10 (cash or check payable to Bill Meyer Includes lunch at my house after race

You can register at the race but I need to know who is coming and who will stay for lunch including parents!! wmeyer@nisswa.net

Questions?  call Bill 218 839 4727 or email wmeyer@nisswa.net