BIATHLON: Christiansens win MN Cup pursuit
COLERAINE — Father and son Pelle and Cam Christiansen of Nisswa each won their class in Saturday’s MN Cup pursuit event at Mt Itasca.
On Friday, Pelle was also first and Cam was second.
In the 3-race series, athletes from across the U.S. and one from Canada gathered for the U.S. Biathlon Trials for the Youth and Junior World Championship Team and MN Cup series races. Each athletes’ best two of the three races were scored on a percent back basis to choose the team.
Anna Kubek, Duluth, and Sean Doherty of Vermont dominated the three races, each winning the under age 21 title in all three events.
In Friday’s Sprint event with two shooting stages, in the 7.5km Women’s and Masters Men races, Anna Kubek won with clean shooting in a time of 21:53. She was followed in seventh by Jenna Ruzich, Baxter, shooting 1,3, in 28:15 for seventh in Junior, 12th overall.
In the Master’s Men class, Pelle Christiansen, won by shooting 2,3, in 31:07. Following in third place was Josh Duda, Brainerd, 4,3, in 32:55.
In the 10km Youth Men’s race, Doherty won by shooting 1,2, in 25:07. In eighth place was Ty Hadrits, Brainerd, shooting 1,2, in 30:39. Ninth was Zean Baker, Nisswa, 3,5, in 30:43.
In the Boys 6.0km event, Cam Christiansen was second, shooting 2,2, in 23:13.
In Saturday’s Pursuit Race with four shootings, men and women in the Trials competition skied 10km.
Kubek won the women’s event, shooting 0,1,1,0, in 33:23. Ruzich was seventh, and 11th overall shooting 2,1,2,1, in 42:50.
In the Youth Men’s race, Sean Doherty won, shooting 2,2,0,2, in 29:43. In ninth place, Baker shot 3,1,5,4, in 38:05.
Hadrits did not race due to illness.
In the Masters Men class, Pelle Christiansen dominated again. overcoming a rough day in the range 4,5,5,3, in 55:44.
In the Boys 7.5km Class, Cam Christiansen shot 0,1,2,3, in 36:14 for the win.
On Sunday, another Sprint was held with shorter distances — 6km for women, 7.5km for men.
In the Women’s race, Kubek won for the third day, shooting 2,2, in 20.26. Ruzich was seventh in Junior, 13th overall, shooting 2,2, in 24:55.
In the Men’s race, Doherty won also for the third day, shooting 1,0 in 17:28. Baker moved up to fourth in the Youth class, shooting 3,0, in 21:05. Cam Christiansen, racing in the Youth class, was 12th, shooting 3,0, in 26:01.
In the Masters Men class, Pelle Christiansen took second, shooting 0,4, in 29:09 with Josh Duda fourth, shooting 5,4, in 33:43
Next race will be Jan. 6 in the Snowflake venue at Duluth.
■ Biathlon team named
On Monday, U.S. Biathlon named the following to the Youth and Junior team that will travel to Austria this month:
Junior Men age 19-20: Casey Smith, Washington; Jacob Dahlberg, Ely
Junior Women: Tara Geraghty-Moats, Vermont
Youth Men 17-18: Sean Doherty, Vermont; Jordan McElroy, California; Jakob Ellingson, Hopkins; Brian Halligan, New York
Youth Women; Anna Kubek, Duluth; Aleksandra Zakrzewska, Vermont; Mikaela Paluszek, Vermont