Nordic team starts year fast
The Park City Nordic Ski team competed in the first Junior National Qualifier at Bogus Basin in Boise, Idaho, Jan. 16 and 17. The two-day Nordic event brought over 200 athletes from Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah. Athletes were not only competing for the win, but for those U16 and older groups, a chance to qualify to compete at U.S Junior Nationals. The race in Bogus Basin was the first of three races that will select the athletes U16 and older to represent the Intermountain Division at the Junior National Championships March 6-13 in Cable, Wisconsin.
Eighteen Park City Nordic Ski Club athletes competed over the weekend, bringing home twelve podiums and fourteen top-10 finishes.
The races started off Saturday with an interval start classic race. Coaches Gordon Lange, Torin Koos, Dan Guiney and Art Myshrall all worked hard to make sure the skis had great kick and fast glide in the blustery snowy conditions.
John Olson kicked off the day racing in the boys’ U12 category and took the win. Liam Wallis fought hard for 11th in the boys’ U14. Skyler Patten had an impressive race, taking second in the boys’ U16. Lane Myshrall took 11th and Tate Hoefler finished 19th.
Sydney Palmer-Leger had a strong race, taking the win for the U16 girls. Teammates Mila Leger Redel, Victoria Olson, Kate Young and Claire Oberg skied into 15th, 16th, 19th and 20th, respectively. Leah Lange dominated her race, winning the U20/U18 women’s field. Julia Lazzaroni had a standout performance skiing into second just behind Leah. Sienna Leger Redel, Lydia Strohl and Lindsey Adams all skied well and finished in 14th, 16th and 19th places, respectively.
Drew Palmer-Leger captured 12th place in the men’s U20/U18 race while teammates Connor Patten and Karsten Beling skied into 22nd and 24th place.
Day two of racing saw clear skies and good snow. The freestyle interval start race was 5 kilometers for all athletes U16 and older. John Olson again dominated the race with his win in the boys’ U12. Liam Wallis skied impressively into eighth place in the boys’ U14. Skylar Patten skied hard for the third step on the podium in the boys’ U16 category. Tate Hoefler skied fast into fifth place and Lane Myshrall finished strong into 10th place.
Sydney Palmer-Leger had another impressive race, winning the girls’ U16. Mila Leger Redel skied well and earned a fourth-place finish. Victoria Olson and Kate Young skied into 16th and 17th, respectively.
In the women’s U20/U18 race, Leah Lange skied her way to another win. Julia Lazzaroni, Sienna Leger Redel, Lindsey Adams and Lydia Strohl skied into 10th, 17th, 20th and 22nd places.
Drew Palmer-Leger and Connor Patten both had strong finishes in the men’s U20/U18 race. Drew Palmer-Leger fought hard for third place and Connor Patten took fourth. Karsten Beling finished 32nd.
It was an impressive weekend for the PCNSC athletes. The next JNQ will be held at Soldier Hollow Jan. 29-30.
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