Team New England had been the strongest team all week, and they showed it again on Saturday by winning four of the six relay races on the last day of the 2006 Junior Nationals. The two relay races that New England didn't win, they came in second. New England won every day of races this week to wrap up their third consecutive Alaska Cup trophy, given to the top region at Junior Nationals.
New England won all the girls relays.
New England won the J2 girls 3x3K race with a team of Kaitlynn Miller, Megan Killgrew, and Sophie Cadlwell. Caldwell was able to pull away from the Intermountain team by four seconds on the anchor leg.
The New England J1 girls consisting of Ida Sargent, Elise Moody-Roberts, and Jennie Bender won their race as well. Bender moved past Pacific Northwest on the final leg.
The New England OJ girls put on the most dominating performance of the day, as Alice Nelson, Lucy Garrec, and Morgan Smyth all posted the fastest times on their respective laps on the way to victory.
Not to be outdone by their female teammates, the New England J1 boys not only took first in their race, they took second as well. The New England 'B' team of Stephen Bedard, Keith Kantack and Nils Koons won the race ahead of the New England 'A' team. Going into the last leg, six teams were packed close together, with Koons in 4th place. He skied the fastest final leg to win by two seconds.
Alaska won the other two relays to solidify its second place standing in the Alaska Cup.
The Alaska J2 boys team of David Norris, Lex Treinen, and Eric Packer won their race by 20 seconds.
Alaska, perhaps conceding New England's dominance in the J1 boys division, had its two top J1 skiers – Max Treinen and Patrick Johnson – race in the OJ category along with Justin Singleton. They won by 12 seconds over New England.
FULL RESULTS: http://www.2006juniorolympics.org/results.htm