Summit Nordic Ski Club competes in sprint races at junior national meet
Summit Nordic Ski Club’s Nina Schamberger was the only club athlete to advance past the qualification round in the sprint races at the Junior National Cross-Country Ski Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Wednesday, March 9.
Schamberger competed in the women’s U18 age bracket and placed 28th in qualifiers with a time of 3:49.18.
Even though Schamberger advanced to the quarterfinals, she did not start the race due to fatigue from Junior World Championships in Lygna, Norway, and the international travel that came with the competition in February.
Not starting the race meant Schamberger placed 30th overall in the U18 age division.
Schamberger is hoping to feel rested enough to compete in the classic mass start and team relay race to close out the national meet. Seven other athletes representing Summit Nordic Ski Club also competed in the sprint races but did not advance past the qualifying race.
The sprint races were all slightly more than 1 kilometer long and consisted of a few rounds. The top 30 advanced to the quarterfinal race. The top 12 from quarterfinals went on to the semifinals to determine the heats for the finals.
Elona Greene competed alongside Schamberger in the U18 sprint race and placed 62nd in a time of 4:00.28.
On the men’s U18 sprint race, Kai Oppito placed 84th with a time of 3:33.25.
Sam Thebeau had the second best finish for the Summit Nordic Ski Club on the day as he placed 35th in the men’s U20 sprint race, narrowly missing out on the quarterfinal round.
Kiera Stabile had an impressive finish for the Summit Nordic Ski Club as she placed 46th with a time of 4:09.51 in the women’s U16 age division. Sophia Bertonneau also raced in the U16 sprint race and placed 69th in a time of 4:23.52.
Additionally, Roan Varble placed within the top 50 in the men’s U16 race by placing 47th in a time of 3:35.92. James Sowers followed Varble in 70th place in a time of 3:47.75.
The Summit Nordic Ski Club will compete in its final races of the national meet Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12.
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