Kaisa Bosek Nominated to 2020 Youth Olympic Games by United States Biathlon Association

Kaisa Bosek, 16, from Alexandria MN and a member of the Wolfpack/MN Biathlon Club has been nominated by the US Biathlon Association to be a member of the 6 athlete US Biathlon Team to the Youth Olympic Games to be held Jan 9-22 in Lausanne, Switzerland. This event is sponsored by the International Olympic Committee and includes all the Winter Olympic sports.

The US team will consist of 3 men and 3 women who were selected based on each athlete’s best 4 of 8 national level races starting with Team Trials in Utah, continuing at Nationals in VT and finishing at the National Roller ski Biathlon Championships in VT early in August. Only one roller ski event could be counted even though the competitors skied on matched roller skis provided by USBA.

Bosek was in 3rd place on the Youth Women roster coming into the last races then dominated in the final two, finishing the series with a 7.5km Pursuit race shooting 0,0,0,1 [one miss in 20 shots] and finishing over 3 min ahead of her nearest YOG competitor and scoring 107.3% based on the avg of the top 3 finishers to move her up to 1st in the selection process, which is based on percent back scores.

Our congratulations to Kaisa and her coach, Jeff Bosek!

Elk River Roller Ski Biathlon Race – August 8th, 2019 – RESULTS

Elk River Roller Ski Biathlon Race

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon
Thursday, August 8th, 2019 Woodland Trails Biathlon Range

RECAP:

Good weather—a bit tough on the wind—rarely does the wind affect much at Elk River in that tree surrounded bowl, but tonight was an exception. For those that didn’t get to shoot where you zeroed, it cost you!! Need to focus on the wind as you zero and then each time you come into the range and get into your assigned shooting point!! 

Thank you all for participating!! It was a good turnout considering a lot of folks on the road to Vermont already!
Bill Meyer, Coach

Photos by Brian Wray: https://photo.wrocket.org/2019/august_elk_river_biathlon/
and here

Elk River Summer Biathlon – 2019-08-08 – By Event
11.4km
Place / ClassNameCategoryStartFinishOverallBackPPSSTotal
1 / 1Schommer, PaulSM1:0038:1837:18+0:0003014
2 / 1Grant, JacksonYM1:1042:1841:08+3:5032207
3 / 2DelToro, JoeyYM1:2042:3041:10+3:5233219
4 / 1Lindberg, DerekMM1:3049:0047:30+10:12324312
5 / 2Platenburg, KortMM1:4051:2249:42+12:2422127
9.3km
Place / ClassNameCategoryStartFinishOverallBackPPSSTotal
1 / 1Cervenka, MatejB2:2036:0533:45+0:0034007
2 / 1Bosek, KaisaYW1:5037:5036:00+2:1541016
3 / 2Bosek, RykerB2:3040:4738:17+4:3210146
4 / 1Bouley, CheresaYW2:0040:5938:59+5:14323311
5 / 2Viren, ElsaYW2:1044:4842:38+8:5332218
6 / 1Landrum, SaylorG2:4045:5943:19+9:34343313
7 / 1Saxton, TimMM3:0047:0044:00+10:1523229
8 / 2Bitzan, TeresaG2:5053:3750:47+17:02314311

Online Registration: https://forms.gle/fnWzUGhkCmyvqPim6

Elk River Venue Directions

Older Racers (Youth and Older) – 11.4km
5x medium loops, 4 shooting stages, PPSS.

Younger Racers (Boy/Girl categories) – 9.3km
3x medium, 2x short loops, 4 shooting stages, PPSS.
9.3km distance allowed for novices/masters if requested.

Registration @ 4:30 PM
Please have your paperwork filled out beforehand.

Zero @ 5:00 PM Race Start @ 6:00 PM
Time-trial start, 10 second interval.

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

Racing?
Contact Bill Meyer at ​wmeyer@nisswa.net​, or sign-up online (save some paper!) at ​https://forms.gle/fnWzUGhkCmyvqPim6

Interested in volunteering, or have other questions?

Contact Brian at ​brian@minnesotabiathlon.com​ or 651-366-2952

Roller Ski Biathlon Race #1 – Elk River – July 18, 2019 – RESULTS

Sponsored by Minnesota Biathlon and Twin Cities Biathlon

Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Woodland Trails Biathlon Range

Recap and results below –

Photos from Bryan Wray:
Full set here: https://photo.wrocket.org/2019/july_elk_river_biathlon/
More here: https://minnesotabiathlon.com/2019/07/roller-ski-biathlon-race-1-elk-river-july-18-2019-photos/

Elk River Summer Biathlon – 2019-07-18 – By Event
Place / ClassNameCategoryStartFinishOverallBackPPSSTotal
1 / 1Grant, JacksonYM1:3035:5934:29+0:0011226
2 / 1Bosek, KaisaYW2:2037:1834:58+0:2912216
3 / 1Raguse, GabeJM1:1036:4135:31+1:0222239
4 / 1Cervenka, MatejBoy3:0038:4835:48+1:1913329
5 / 1Lindberg, DerekMM1:5038:0336:13+1:4431116
6 / 1Stertz, EmmaJW2:1039:5537:45+3:16123410
7 / 2Stertz, SamYM1:4039:2637:46+3:17134311
8 / 2Pattison, GregMM2:4040:3337:53+3:2411136
9 / 1Kautzer, AmandaSW2:0040:0138:01+3:3232319
10 / 2Grant, ConnorBoy3:1043:1840:08+5:39431210
11 / 3Bosek, RykerBoy2:5043:5441:04+6:3512137
12 / 1Landrum, SaylorGirl3:3047:4244:12+9:4331239
13 / 1Saxton, TimSM3:5056:1352:23+17:54153211

The trails are Elk River Woodland Park were in good condition. The weather was not—close to 90 with a dew point in the 70’s yielded an effective temp of about 95F. Fortunately the trails are shaded and there was a slight breeze.

The course was 3 med loops plus 2 short loops for 9.3km total. A pursuit format was used with 10 sec intervals to spread out the range. Originally 18 athletes has signed up, but 5 were sidelined with illness or injuries. Shooting was PPSS on standard targets for everyone.

The top finisher was Jackson Grant of Little Falls [NNW Biathlon] who missed 6 shots and finished in 34:29. In second was Kaisa Bosek [Wolfpack Bia] who was laying on the speed last night, still missing only 6 shots, and finishing in a time of 34:58 for first woman. Third place went to Gabe Raguse of NNW who struggled in the range a bit, missing 9 targets and finishing in 35:31.

Matej Cervenka, Mt Itasca, was the top Boy missing 9 and finishing in 35:48 followed by Connor Grant, NNW, missing 10 and finishing in 40:08.

Newcomer Saylor Landrum did really well in the range missing 9 for her first race effort, and was the only Girl with a 44:12 finish.

The next event will be on the 8th of August at the same venue.

–Bill Meyer

9.3km
3x medium, 2x short loops, 4 shooting stages, PPSS.

Online registration link: https://forms.gle/oRLkaskeuujEuEtK8

Younger/novice race categories may have a shorter race depending on coach/athlete decision.

Registration @ 4:30 PM
Please have your paperwork filled out beforehand.

Zero @ 5:00 PM
Race Start @ 6:00 PM
Time-trial start, 10 second interval.

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

Racing?
Contact Bill Meyer at ​wmeyer@nisswa.net​, or sign-up online (save some paper!) at ​https://forms.gle/oRLkaskeuujEuEtK8

Interested in volunteering, or have other questions?

Contact Brian at ​brian@minnesotabiathlon.com​ or 651-366-2952

May June 10+10 contest results

Here is the results for the contest. The clear winner is Kaisa Bosek with a combined total of 356 including a 180 test yesterday!! Emma Stertz is in second with a 331, and Gabe and Garrett tied for 3rd with 307. Honorable mentions go to a couple of young athletes, Matej and Ryker who both got over 300 combined!!

So Kaisa wins the brick of ammo compliments of MNBiathlon!!

Now, all should be striving for perfection in your accuracy shooting. Don’t camp on each shot—but work with a smooth rhythm, shooting for the center of the target not just sloppy biathlon hits and keep squeeeeezing the trigger?? And send me your results! Keep beating your own PR!!

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon