Local skiers make Alaska Junior Nationals Team

A pair of local skiers have qualified for the Alaska Junior Nationals team.

 

After a series of six Besh Cup races, which concluded Sunday in Fairbanks, Soldotna High School skier Sadie Fox qualified as a Junior 2, while SoHi graduate Bree Mucha qualified as an Older Junior.


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The Junior Nationals will be in Fairbanks from March 11 to 16.

In the final race of the season, a classic mass start at Birch Hill, Fox finished sixth in the five-kilometer Junior 2 girls race with a time of 19 minutes, 34 seconds, while winner Lydia Blanchet was at 17:27. Fellow Soldotna skier Hannah Pothast was seventh at 19:51.

In the five-kilometer Junior 2 boys race, Levi Michael of SoHi took 19th.

In the 10-kilometer Junior 1 and older women’s race, Mucha was 13th in 37:17, while winner Raphaela Sieber won in 34:39.

Finally, in the 10-kilometer Junior 1 and older men’s race, Lucas Michael of SoHi led area skiers by finishing 28th. Michael was one slot away from making the Junior Nationals team as an Older Junior.

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