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Hannah Halvorsen dominates junior competition at U.S. Nationals

Staff report

Sugar Bowl Academy senior Hannah Halvorsen, shown racing at Junior Nationals last spring, dominated the U-18 Junior division at the U.S. Nationals Competition in Houghton, Mich., earlier this month.

Far West Nordic sent a few of its top racers to the U.S. Nationals Competition in Houghton, Mich., earlier this month.

While all the competitors recorded excellent results, the highlight of the week was the performance of Sugar Bowl Academy senior Hannah Halvorsen, who dominated the U-18 Junior division, winning the 5K Junior Freestyle race outright.

Halvorsen also placed extremely well in the overall — she was 11th in the Women's 10K Classic, fifth in the Women's Freestyle Sprint and 12th in the Classic Sprint.

As a result, Halvorsen was selected to both the U.S. Youth Olympics Team, which will compete in Lillehammer, Norway, and the U18 U.S. Nations Cup team, which is headed to Otepää, Estonia. Halvorsen also qualified for the World Junior Championships Competition in Romania, but will instead compete at the Youth Olympics this year.

Also competing in Houghton were Far West Senior Division (20-29) racers Spencer Eusden and Emily Blackmer from the Sugar Bowl Elite Team, Wyatt Fereday of the Auburn Ski Club Elite Team and Patrick McElravey from Middlebury College.

Junior racers included Dylan Syben and Julien Bordes of Team Unleashed, Casey Jobe and Lizzie Larkins from Auburn Ski Club, and Ryland Belisle and Brandon Herhusky from the Sugar Bowl Academy. Far West coaches included Martin Benes from Sugar Bowl Academy, Gustavo Johnson of Auburn Ski Club and August Teague of Unleashed Coaching.

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— Information for this article was provided by Far West Nordic.