ANR skiers turn in fast times on final day of Jr. Nationals
Michael Earnhart capped a superb U.S. Cross Country Junior Nationals with a second trip to the podium Saturday as part of the second-place U18 boys freestyle relay team on the final day of competition at Kincaid Park.
Earnhart — who won the U18 boys classic sprint race Wednesday — teamed up with Alexander Maurer and Zanden McMullen to finish just 0.6 seconds behind the winning team of Kai Mittelsteadt, Haydn Halvorsen and Johnny Hagenbuch of the Inter-Mountain team.
Earnhart’s Alaska Nordic Racing and Chugiak High School teammate Adrianna Proffitt also had a solid final day of the national meet, turning in the fifth-best individual lap time during the U18 girls relay. Proffitt’s lap time of 9:06.4 on the 3-kilometer loop was bested only by Alaska’s Kendall Kramer and Garvee Tobin and Northeast’s Charlotte Ogden and Nina Seemann. Kramer and Tobin were joined by Ivy Eski to win the race, while Ogden and Seemann teamed with Anna Lehmann to place second.
Former ANR skier Heidi Booher — a 2018 Chugiak High grad who skis for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation team — joined Arianna Woods and Lily Brunelle to help the Inter-Mountain team finish fourth in the women’s U20 relay.
ANR and Eagle River High teammates Emily Walsh and Helen Wilson joined APU’s Annika Hanestad to place eighth in the U18 girls relay Saturday, with ANR’s Hannah Cryder (Chugiak High) and Claire Nelson (ERHS) placing 23rd with Tjarn Bross of Fairbanks Ski Club.
ANR’s Miles Dennis, a Chugiak High senior, finished 11th in the men’s U20 relay on a mixed team with Alaska’s Micah Barber and Great Lakes’ Patrick Marbacher on a mixed team. Max Beiergrohslein (ANR/Chugiak) finished 16th in the U18 relay with George Cvancara (unaffiliated/Dimond High) and Dale Baurick (FXC).
In the U16 boys race, Konrad Renner (ANR/Chugiak) was on the 11th place team with Eli Merrill and Josh Baurick of Fairbanks while Porter Blei (ANR/Chugiak) finished 15th with Kai Caldwell (Alaska Winter Stars) and Noah Rehberg (APU).
For complete results, visit juniornationalsxc2019.com