The third and final day of the Soldier Hollow U.S. Biathlon Fall Team Trials was postponed temporarily due to snowfall. An occurrence that normally would not quell the skis, but can make skate rollerskis squirrely.
After a delay, and with the course sufficiently dry, the men and women raced a 10-kilometer and 7.5 k sprint, respectively.
Susan Dunklee (USBA) won the women’s race in a time of 24:16.53 while missing a single target standing. Joanne Reid (USBA) took second in 24:32.06 minutes and shot clean. Emily Dreissigacker (USBA/Craftsbury GRP) raced to third in 25:21.90 (0,1).
Jake Brown (Craftsbury GRP) missed one target in prone and won the men’s race in 27:45.27. Alex Howe (USBA) took second place in a time of 27:59.58 (0,1). Paul Schommer (USBA) was third stopping the clock in 28:00.85 (3,0).
The day’s racing concluded the trial period to determine the group of athletes representing U.S. Biathlon during Period 1 on the IBU World Cup and Period 2 and 3 on the IBU Cup.
FasterSkier will publish a piece early this week with the full rundown of those athletes earning early season international starts.
Five athletes already locked up IBU World Cup starts with top-25 results on the World Cup or World Championships last season. They include Joanne Reid, Clare Egan, Susan Dunklee, Sean Doherty, and Leif Nordgren.