Summit Nordic Ski Club’s Shamberger, Varble place high at Junior National meet
On Monday, March 7, eight athletes from the Summit Nordic Ski Club got action underway at the Junior National Cross-Country Ski Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The eight Summit Nordic Ski Club athletes competing qualified to the national event based on their performances from earlier in the season. Together, they will be representing the Rocky Mountain Nordic region as they compete in Minnesota.
The naming of eight athletes to the national meet marks the second-most athletes Summit Nordic Ski Club has sent to the meet in the last decade. The team sent nine in 2019.
On Monday, all of the Summit Nordic Ski Club athletes raced in the freestyle races.
In the U20 age division, Sam Thebeau was the lone Summit Nordic Ski Club athlete to compete over the three-lap, 10-kilometer course.
Thebeau raced consistently, staying in about the same position throughout the competition. Thebeau’s first lap of the course was his fastest and he finished in a total time 26:1.4 to place 31st overall in the age division.
In the women’s U18 age category, Summit Nordic Ski Club qualified two athletes: Nina Schamberger and Elona Greene.
Schamberger continued her success this season as she placed fourth in the U18 age division. The 16-year-old was in second place after completing the first lap of the course in a blazing 7:11, but she was passed by a few older competitors on the second lap to finish fourth in 15:18.5.
Elona Greene also raced in the U18 age division. Greene placed 70th, registering a time of 17:34.3.
In the men’s U18 division, Kai Oppito raced hard over the 10-kilometer race, moving up after the first lap to place 69th in a time of 26:06.8.
In the U16 races, Kiera Stabile, Sophia Bertonneau, Roan Varble and James Sowers all had performances that placed them within the top 70 among other U16 racers.
In the women’s race, Stabile was the first Summit Nordic Ski Club athlete to cross the line as she placed 29th, finishing the 5-kilometer course in 17:10.3.
Bertonneau followed Stabile about a minute later as she placed 56th, finishing in a time of 18:03.4.
In the men’s race, Varble notched a top-20 finish in his age division as he ended the race with a time of 14:25.3 to place 17th.
Sowers finished the course in 15:54.9 to place 68th.
The Summit Nordic Ski Club athletes will compete in a classic sprint race, a classic mass start, and a freestyle mixed relay before the meet wraps up on Saturday, March 12.
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