On Day 3 of the Biathlon World Team Trials, Wynn Roberts, Battle Lake, MN, got his act together on the shooting range cleaning prone and missing 2 on standing. With excellent skiing he finished 25 seconds ahead of Zach Hall of Anchorage, AK. Only .3 seconds separated Walt Shepard, Yarmouth, ME, in third place, and Leif Nordgren, Marine on St Croix, MN in fourth. Nordgen is a last year junior and was trying to claw his way back into contention after missing the first race because of sickness.
In the senior women’s field, Tracy Colliander for Durango, CO put a 90% shooting race together, and with solid skiing finished 27 seconds ahead of Susan Dunklee. Dunklee has consistently had the fastest ski times at the Biathlon Trials. Annalies Cook, Saranac Lake, NY missed only one target, and moved up on the podium for the first time during the 5 race series. Cook was visibly relieved as she crossed the finish line.
The typically cold Mt Itasca venue was unusually cold, with temperatures in the teens and fast ski tracks a pleasant change from last weekends cold, slow snow. Today’s Sprint format was the first of the World Junior Trials. Addie Byrne, Grand Rapids, MN, took first with 90% shooting. Grace Boutot, Presque Isle, ME matched her shooting, and finished 25 seconds behind. In third was Corrine Malcolm, of Haward, WI racing in her first major biathlon event.
In the junior men’s race, Leif Nordgren took first, with Mike Gibson, Burlingon, VT and Wayne McClure of Anchorage, AK in third. In the Youth Men’s Sprint, Conrad Roberts made it 2 for 2 for the Roberts family and shooting the same as his big brother, 0, 2. Casey Smith of Methow Valley placed 2nd with 3 penalties, and in third was Ethan Dreissigacker, Craftsbury, VT, with 4 penalties.
Kelly Kjorlien, Grand Rapids, MN, shot 80% and took first in the Youth Women’s Sprint. Andrea Mayo, Soldier Pond, ME had a rough day on the range (3,2) but managed a second place with good skiing. In third was Mackenzie Wonders of Anchorage, AK.
Tomorrow’s Pursuit race will start at noon eastern time and will have four shooting stages, placing more emphasis on shooting accuracy.
Full results can be found at www.minnesotabiathlon.com