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Contact: Gary Colliander
Minnesota Biathlon
Community Olympic Development Program
Garouch@aol.com

March 7, 2002

 

North American Biathlon Championships/U.S. Biathlon Championships
Day 1

Ft. Kent, Maine - Athletes from around the country competed today in Ft. Kent, Maine seeking to gain the title of U.S. National Champion. Joining the American athletes were athletes from Canada competing in what is also the North American Biathlon Championships. Conditions at the Ft. Kent venue were perfect with a firm track and clear skies making it a great day to compete in today's scheduled Individual Race. Athletes stop at the range in between ski loops, where they have five rounds to hit five targets with one-minute penalties given for each miss.

In the Sr. Men's category a surprise victor took home the title of National Champion. Tim Burke of Paul Smiths, NY, who still competes as a junior (ages 20 and under) missed only 3 targets to gain his first win of the three race event. Behind Burke was St. Paul, MN native Jacob Beste, who skied just about even with Burke, but recorded two more misses. Three time Olympian Curtis Schreiner of Day, NY finished just 33 seconds behind Beste with the same shooting score. In his first race since the Salt Lake City Olympics, 2002 Olympian Dan Campbell of Hastings, MN finished in 4th place with 7 penalties.

Walter Shepard of Yarmouth, Maine just missed out at a National Championship crown in the Jr. Men's race hitting 15 of 20 targets. Shepard who lives and trains in Ft. Kent recorded one of the fastest ski times of the day, but couldn't overcome the great shooting of Canada's Dominic Villeneuve, who hit 18 of 20 targets. Steve Scott of St. Paul, MN finished in 3rd with 6 penalties.

The Minnesota Biathlon Program showed its dominance in the Youth Men's race placing seven athletes in the top 10. Training partners Kevin Patzoldt of Grand Rapids, MN and Ben Byrne of Bovey, MN finished 1-2 with near exact ski times. Patzoldt gained the upper hand in the range hitting two more targets than Byrne. Kurt Farchmin of Duluth, MN finished in 3rd with 8 penalties.

Russel Currier of Stokholm, ME finished 2nd in the Boy's race today just behind Canmore, Canada's Nathan Smith. Currier recorded the top shooting in the race hitting 15 of 20 shots to finish just 5 seconds behind Smith. Brendan Green of Canmore was 3rd.

Ekaterina Ivanova of the U.S. National Guard overcame 3 penalties in her second prone stage to just beat out 2002 Olympian Rachael Steer of Anchorage, AK. Ivanova had to ski faster over the final two loops to overtake Steer and did so by just 10 seconds. Steer recorded just 4 penalties, two of which came in her first shooting stage. A close race for third place came down to a battle between two Olympians. Gusting winds had increased throughout the Women's race, but 1998 Olympian Debbie Nordyke of Day, NY showed her accuracy hitting 17 of 20 targets to just beat out Kara Salmela of Duluth, MN. Salmela, who competed on both the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Teams, struggled in the range missing 6 targets to finish in 4th place just 10 seconds behind Nordyke.

In another close race, Marie-Piere Parent of Canada just beat out Stillwater, MN native Jenny Ester by just 37 seconds in the Jr. Women's race. Julie Warneke of Elk River, MN finished in 3rd. In the Youth Women's race, the top three athletes all recorded 8 penalties showing how the wind had become a factor with the shooting later in the day. Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake, NY got her first win of the week with the fastest ski time of the day. Emila Demarchis of Burlington, VT was 2nd, just 13 seconds ahead of Antonia Slaughter of Maple Plane, MN. All three were also members of the U.S. Youth Jr. World Team that competed in Ridnaun, Italy this past January. Michele Morin of Canada won the Girls (ages 14-15) race, with Shannon Meehan of New York finishing in 2nd.

Sr. Men 20k Individual Event
        Name		Club		Hometown	         Penalty	Time
1   Tim Burke		NYSEF		Paul Smith, NY		0 1 0 2		1:01:16
2   Jacob Beste		Nat'l Guard	St. Paul, MN		1 1 1 2		1:03:22
3   Curtis Schreiner	WCAP		Day, NY			1 3 1 0		1:03:55
4   Dan Campbell	MN Biathlon	Hastings, MN		1 2 2 2		1:04:09
17  Brett Piper		USOEC		Lakeville, MN		2 3 2 1		1:10:28

Jr. Men's 15k Individual Event
      Name		Club		Hometown	         Penalty	Time
1   Dominic Villeneuve	Courceltte				2 0 0 0		46:00
2   Walt Shepard	MWSC		Yarmouth, ME		1 1 1 2		47:54
3   Steve Scott		MN-Twin Cities	St. Paul, MN		1 2 1 2		50:18
4   Anders Osthus	MN-Duluth	Duluth, MN		0 4 3 2		51:17
5   Brian Olsen		MN-Twin Cities	Bloomington, MN		1 3 2 3		52:17
6   Chris Gadacz	MN-Twin Cities	Elk River, MN		1 1 2 0 	52:30
7   Lars Gaalaas	MN-Mt. Itasca	Grand Rapids, MN	1 1 0 4		52:37
9   Tom Secord		MN-Twin Cities	New Brighton, MN	1 2 3 1		54:05
14  Ross Roetman	MN-Bemidji	Bemidji, MN		3 2 1 5		1:04:38

Youth Men 12.5k Individual Event
      Name		Club		Hometown	         Penalty	Time
1   Kevin Patzoldt	MN-Mt. Itasca	Grand Rapids, MN	0 1 1 2		41:38
2   Ben Byrne		MN-Mt. Itasca   Bovey, MN		0 2 2 2		43:44
3   Kurt Farchmin	MN-Duluth	Duluth, MN		2 1 2 3		45:08
4   Bjorn Bakken	MN-Duluth	Duluth, MN		2 2 3 2		46:05
6   Nathan Erlandson	MN-Mt. Itasca   Grand Rapids, MN	1 3 3 2		47:10
9   Kai Salmela		MN-Duluth	Duluth, MN		2 4 2 1		49:15
10  Tyler Gerling	MN-Mt. Itasca   Grand Rapids, MN	4 3 1 2		50:28
14  Aaron Nistler	MN-Bemidji	Bemidji, MN		5 2 3 3		55:45

Boys 7.5k Individual Event
      Name		Club		Hometown	         Penalty	Time
1   Nathan Smith	Canmore 2010	Canmore, Canada				29:08
2   Russel Currier    	MWSC		Stokholm, ME				29:15
3   Brendan Green	Canmore 2010	Canmore, Canada				30:06
7   Mark Johnson	MN-Mt. Itasca	Grand Rapids, MN	2 2 2 1		31:10
9   Ian VanStraten	MN-Duluth 	Duluth, MN				32:11
12  Brandon Ostroot	MN-Twin Cities	Columbia Heights, MN			33:31
14  Wynn Roberts	MN Biathlon	Battle Lake, MN				36:25

Women's 15k Individual Event
      Name		Club		Hometown	         Penalty	Time
1   Ekaterina Ivanova	Nat'l Guard				0 1 3 1		50:47
2   Rachel Steer	Nat'l Team	Anchorage, AK		2 0 1 1		50:58
3   Debbie Nordyke	Nat'l Guard	Day, NY			1 1 0 1		51:34
4   Kara Salmela	MN-Duluth	Duluth, MN		1 2 1 2		51:44
6   BethAnn Ellingson	MN-Mt. Itasca	Grand Rapids, MN	2 1 2 1		54:59
7   Sarah Riley 	USOEC		Proctor, MN		1 2 2 3		58:01
8   Carolyn Treacy	MN-Duluth	Duluth, MN		3 4 5 2		1:02:30

Jr. Women's Individual Event
      Name		Club		Hometown	         Penalty	Time
1   Marie-Pierre Parent	Courcelette				2 0 0 3		50:46
2   Jenny Ester		MN-Twin Cities	Stillwater, MN		2 1 0 1 	51:23
3   Julie Warneke	MN-Twin Cities	Elk River, MN		3 4 2 2 	57:00

Youth Women's Indvidual Event
      Name		Club		Hometown	         Penalty	Time
1   Annelies Cook	NYSSEF		Saranac Lake, NY	3 2 1 2		39:11
2   Emilia Demarchis	EARCE		Burington, VY		2 1 2 3		40:18
3   Antonia Slaughter	MN-Twin Cities	Maple Plane, MN		0 2 4 2		40:32
4   Cayley Baird	MN-Twin Cities	Stillwater, MN		3 1 3 2		42:51
9   Brynden Manbeck	MN-Mt. Itasca	Grand Rapids, MN	2 3 3 1		45:05

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