Three area skiers qualify for Junior Nationals

Soldotna High School’s Sadie Fox and Hannah Pothast, and Kenai Central’s Travis Cooper, qualified for the Junior Nationals squad after the sixth and final Besh Cup race Sunday in Fairbanks.

Fox and Pothast both qualified as Under-18 girls. Cooper qualified in Under-18 boys.

The final Besh Cup of the season was a mass start classical race.

In the Under-18 boys 10-kilometer, Cooper was ninth in 31 minutes, 30 seconds, and SoHi’s Levi Michael was 12th in 31:50.

In the Under-18 girls 10-kilometer, Pothast was fifth in 37:58, Fox was sixth in 38:33 and Skyview’s Mika Morton was 14th in 41:37.

In the Under-14 boys three-kilometer, area skier David Michael was fourth in 9:44 and area skier Jeremy Kupferschmid was sixth in 9:48.

In the Under-16 boys three-kilometer, area skier John-Mark Pothast took 19th in 10:09.

In the Under-14 girls three-kilometer, area skier Addison Gibson was fifth in 11:53.

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