Proffitt leads locals on final day of individual racing at Jr. Nationals

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 16:31
  • Alaska Nordic Racing’s Adrianna Proffitt of Chugiak competes on the first day of the U.S. Junior Nationals Cross Country Junior Nationals on Monday, March 11, 2019. On Friday, Proffitt finished seventh in the U18 women’s mass start classic race. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Michael Earnhart and Adrianna Proffitt continued to rack up Alaska Cup points Friday at the U.S. Cross Country Junior Nationals at Kincaid Park.

Proffitt led Chugiak-Eagle River’s large contingent of athletes on Friday by finishing seventh in the girls 10-kilometer U18 mass start classic race. Proffitt was the second Alaskan across the line behind race winner Kendall Kramer of Fairbanks.

Earnhart — who won a national title in Wednesday’s classic sprint competition — finished ninth in the men’s 10-kilometer classic race Friday and was the third Alaskan in the race won by Anchorage’s Zanden McMullen.

Through the competition’s three individual days of racing, Earnhart earned 47 Alaska Cup points and Proffitt bagged 35 to help Team Alaska into second place in the overall standings heading into Saturday’s relay races.

Proffitt and Earnhart attend Chugiak High and both ski for the local Alaska Nordic Racing team, which sent 10 athletes to the national competition. Former ANR skier Heidi Booher — a 2018 Chugiak High grad competing for the Sun Valley (Idaho) Ski Education Foundation team — finished 19th Friday in the women’s U20 10-kilometer race.

Also Friday, ANR’s Miles Dennis placed 27th in the men’s 15-kilometer U20 race, Max Beiergrohslein was 43rd in the U18 race and in the 5-kilometer U16 boys race, Konrad Renner was 29th and Porter Blei finished 38th.

Among local girls, Emily Walsh placed 39th in the 10-kilometer U18 race, followed by Helen Wilson in 60th, Claire Nelson in 62nd and Hannah Cryder in 76th.

Alaska skiers once again dominated the competition’s final day of individual skiing, with Gus Schumacher winning his third individual title in the men’s U20 race and Kramer claiming her third straight individual victory.

Racing concludes Saturday. For more, visit juniornationalsxc2019.com.

Alaska Cup Standings (through Friday, March 15)

New England, 1,097; 2) Alaska, 862; 3) Midwest, 713; 4) Intermountain, 577; 5) Rocky Mountain, 447; 6) Pacific Northwest, 176; 7) Great Lakes, 85; 8) Far West, 77; 9) Mid-Atlantic, 71

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