Auburn Ski Club Training Center biathletes impress at Nationals
Auburn Ski Club Training Center’s biathlon team rounded out a productive season with impressive results at the recent North American & United States Biathlon Championships in Maine.
The competition, which draws the top biathletes from North America, consisted of three events — a sprint, pursuit and mass start race — over the course of three days at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center.
In the Junior girls and boys age 13/14 category, ASCTC’s youngest competitors, Lexie Madigan and Nikolas Burkhart, placed first in all three of their races.
Joanne Reid placed second in each of her three events in the women’s 21-and-over division, while Peter Carroll took second place in the men’s 17/18 sprint division and sixth in the mass start, and veteran racer Dave Eastwood placed first in the men’s 50-and-over category in each of his three races.
In the highly competitive field of 21-and-over men, US Biathlon Team member Patrick Johnson, who spent his formative years training under ASCTC Head Coach Glenn Jobe, placed fourth in the pursuit and fifth in the sprint.
ASCTC’s Ted Hulbert also posted impressive results in the senior Master men’s division, taking first in the sprints, second in the pursuit, and third in the mass start.
In the boys 15/16 division, Jason McCayMoran improved his performance over the course of the competition, with fifth place and fourth place in the sprint and pursuit, and a move onto the podium with a third place finish in the mass start race.
Reflecting on a long and successful season, which wrapped up on April 3 with the Tahoe Mountain Sports Spring Biathlon at ASC this past weekend, Jobe commented, “We could not have asked for a better year of snow, practices, races and success for our ASC biathletes.
“From youth to Masters, we’ve had representation at the World Cup, the IBU Cup, the Youth/Junior World Championships and National Championships, with multiple wins and podium finishes in Fort Kent.”
Jobe also acknowledged the many individuals who work tirelessly to make ASC Training Center’s program a success. After a short break, Jobe’s summer biathlon program will start up in early June.
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