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

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
MNBiathlon

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
MNBiathlon

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                                                                                                   

MN Biathlon long sleeved Tee shirts for sale

The Landrum family, at our request,  has put together a design and suppliers for a new long sleeved MN Biathlon Tee shirt! 

Tara did the design work and also has researched suppliers as to sizing and delivery. Here are her comments:
SIZING:
There are two style versions, chosen because we have smaller female athletes who might find a mens small still too large for them. Compare measurements to shirts you already wear. Everyone, PLEASE REFER TO SIZE CHARTS for ordering. .

MATERIAL:
Both shirts are tech fabric, the mens is from Russell—4 oz polyester, typical slightly-shiny athletic fabric. The womens is from Gildan—a bit heavier, 5 oz polyester. Still tech fabric, but a softer, thicker jersey feel, not shiny. There was not a same-company version in both mens and womens that looked good. See descriptions for more specifics.

QUANTITIES:
We need 6 of each, minimum. 

PRICING: $32 per shirt. If you aren’t at the races in mid Dec at Mt Itasca to get your shirt or able to pick it up in St Paul, please add $5 per shirt for shipping and handling and we will mail it to you.  

It will take two weeks for delivery after ordering—so we have an order deadline of this Friday if you want the shirt mid Dec. If you just want it by Christmas—you can order up to Dec 1st, but we might have to mail it to you at an extra cost of $5 for shipping and handling. We will order the shirts based on your email to Tara, but delivery will depend on Lou’s receipt of your check.  

To order:
1] email Tara at like2hike@centurylink.net with your order—size and gender. 
2] Immediately mail Lou Chouinard a check and a paper copy of your email to Tara. 
Lou Chouinard – 3925 30th Avenue S – Minneapolis MN 55406-3108 

The shirts will be brought to the race in Dec at Mt Itasca—probably the 8th of Dec. Or can be picked up at Landrum’s in St Paul. otherwise they will be mailed.  Any questions, please get right back to me.

Thanks,
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon