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Far West Junior Nordic Nationals under way

More than 35 members of the Far West Nordic Junior National Team are competing this week on the hallowed trails of Telemark, Wisc., at the USSA Cross Country Ski Junior National Championships.

Telemark has hosted Nordic ski races since 1973, including the first ever World Cup, the American Birkebeiner. This is the first time the venue has hosted the Junior National Championships, however, which draws over 500 of the top 14-19-year-old skiers from 10 different teams across the country for a week of competition, ranging from sprints to distance individual events and relay racing.

The event — hosted last year by the Auburn Ski Club on Donner Summit — kicked off Monday with the 10/5K individual classic races. Wednesday’s classic sprint was postponed.



Sugar Bowl Academy senior Hannah Halvorsen led the Far West contingent on Monday, placing 21st overall in a field of 109 racers in the U18/U20 division. Halvorsen was 13th among U18 skiers.

Ryland Belisle, who also skis for the Sugar Bowl Academy, led Far West with a 49th-place finish in the men’s U18/U20 race, placing 29th among U18s.



In U16 girls racing, Sofia Sanchez (Auburn Ski Club) and Nina Seemann (Tahoe XC) led Far West in 21st and 23rd, respectively, while JC Schoonmaker (Auburn Ski Club) finished 10th in the U16 boys race, Haydn Halvorsen (Sugar Bowl Academy) was 11th and Nate Cutler (Sugar Bowl Academy) 23rd.

See below for complete Far West results. Competition is scheduled to continue with the freestyle distance races on Thursday and the freestyle relays on Saturday. All races will be streamed live.

USSA Junior National Championships

Day 1 results (top 3 plus Far West)

U18/U20 Women’s Classic

1. Leah Brams, New England, 17:13.2

2. Mackenzie Rizio, New England, 17:18.0

3. Hailey Swirbul, Rocky Mountain, 17:42.0

21. Hannah Halvorsen, Far West, 18:40.4

36. Quinn Lehmkuhl, Far West, 19:16.4

55. Ursula Volz, Far West, 19:54.6

73. Lizzie Larkins, Far West, 20:29.6

84. Eleanore Hamilton, Far West, 21:08.5

96. Bri Parker, Far West, 22:28.8

99. Erika Wolf, Far West, 22:40.4

100. Abigail Tinker, Far West, 22:40.4

U18/U20 Men’s Classic

1. Hunter Wonders, Alaska, 28:23.3

2. Nick Gardner, Mountain West, 28:36.4

3. Nolan Herzog, Rocky Mountain, 28:49.3

49. Ryland Belisle, Far West, 31:29.5

59. Casey Jobe, Far West, 31:47.7

76. Dylan Syben, Far West, 32:27.9

88. Julien Bordes, Far West, 33:22.7

92. Calvin Forsythe, Far West, 33:35.1

96. Brandon Herhusky, Far West, 33:47.7

102. Trace Calvin, Far West, 34:12.6

107. Christopher Miller, Far West, 34:42.3

109. Peter Carroll, Far West, 35:09.7

113. Sam Zabell, Far West, 35:16.7

118. Skyler Mullings, Far West, 35:54.6

120. Connor Kusumoto, Far West, 36:18.4

129. David Dalicandro, Far West, 38:55.6

U16 Girls Classic

1. Mae Chalmers, New England, 18:03.4

2. Anna Lehmann, New England, 18:07.3

3. Abigail Jarzin, Mountain West, 18:21.0

21. Sofia Sanchez, Far West, 19:46.1

23. Nina Seemann, Far West, 19:49.0

45. Ella Kuzyk, Far West, 21:35.9

48. Lexie Madigan, Far West, 21:56.9

51. Grace Bronstone, Far West, 22:28.7

52. Camille Syben, Far West, 22:50.1

54. Kianna Mullings, Far West, 23:22.7

58. Meaghan Thompson, Far West, 24:02.5

59. Alexia Craven, Far West, 24:09.6

62. Chloe Gorman, Far West, 26:11.5

U16 Boys Classic

1. Gus Schumacher, Alaska, 15:29.1

2. Ben Ogden, New England, 15:35.9

3. Conor Munns, New England, 15:40.3

10. JC Schoonmaker, Far West, 16:14.5

11. Haydn Halvorsen, Far West, 16:14.6

23. Nate Cutler, Far West, 17:19.2

48. Cooper Anderson, Far West, 18:24.9

60. Nikolas Burkhart, Far West, 19:47.3

62. Max Roske, Far West, 21:53.7


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