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Far West Nordic: Local skiers race against nation’s best

Far West Nordic brought 19 skiers to compete in the Intermountain/Rocky Mountain division Junior Olympic Qualifiers at Soldier Hollow, Utah, this past weekend.

The event was huge, with more than 600 athletes participating from those two divisions, plus Pacific Northwest skiers and a number of collegiate skiers.

Because the event was a qualifier for Intermountain/Rocky Mountain division, Far West treated the competition as a fun trip designed to give its skiers a chance to race against some of the best athletes in the country, and give its newer skiers some travel and race experience.

Bernie Nelson, Justin Ondry and Joanne Reid recorded the top finishes, with Nelson taking second place in the girls sprint race (OJ and J1 combined), Ondry placing second in the J2 boys sprint and Reid placing second in the girls J1 distance freestyle.

In the distance freestyle events, Annika Taylor was the fourth J2 girl, Nelson was the third OJ girl and Russell Kennedy was the third J1 boy.

Complete results can be found at http://www.summittiming.com.

Name Division Sprint Freestyle

Bria Riggs FJ3 30th 13th

Savannah Meng FJ3 25 27

Justin Ondry MJ2 2 20

Joe Piercy MJ2 60 68

Kelly Habibi FJ2 62 53

Allie McDaniel FJ2 49 DNF

Annika Taylor FJ2 16 4

Daniel Gelso MJ1 28 13

Alex Hamilton MJ1 23 39

Russell Kennedy MJ1 16 3

Carson Lindsay MJ1 50 53

Austin Meng MJ1 48 18

Sophie Aaron FJ1 24 30

Veronica Holmes FJ1 44 43

Joanne Reid FJ1 8 2

Lauryl Rudolph FJ1 51 47

Stefan Benier MOJ 14 20

Bernie Nelson FOJ 2 3

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