The largest contingent ever to represent the Kenai Peninsula in the Junior Olympics cross-skiing championships showed Monday in Ishpeming, Mich., that they were not happy with merely making Team Alaska.
Two peninsula skiers picked up medals for top-10 finishes in the opening day of the Junior Olympics, an event showcasing the top junior skiers in the United States.
Monday, the Junior Olympics had six different 1-kilometer freestyle sprint races.
Homer senior Ida Martin had the top showing from the peninsula, finishing fifth in the Female Older Junior (born 1981 to 1982) category. Team Alaska's Kikkan Randall, a senior at East High in Anchorage, took first in the race while Team Alaska's Tara Hamilton, a Service senior, took second place.
The peninsula's other medalist is Skyview senior Jacob Fellman. Fellman finished sixth in the Male Older Junior race. New England's David Smutok won the race, while Team Alaska's Charlie Renfro was second.
Soldotna senior Andy Liebner paced peninsula finishers in the Male Junior 1 (born 1983 to 1984) race. Liebner finished 12th, while New England's Andrew Newell picked up the victory and Service senior Zach Hill led Team Alaska with a third-place finish.
Also from the peninsula in the Junior 1 race, Skyview senior Adam Tressler placed 37th and Soldotna junior Brent Knight placed 43rd.
The final peninsula racer Monday was Skyview senior Amy Lambe. Lambe picked up 20th in the Female Junior 1 race, which was won by Midwest's Lindsay Williams. Hannah Corral paced Team Alaska with a fifth-place finish in the race.
Finally, New England's Bret Bedard took the Male Junior 2 (born 1985 to 1986) race with Espen Haugen pacing Team Alaska with a fourth-place finish. In the Female Junior 2 race, Katie Ronsse gave Team Alaska its second win of the day.
The Junior Olympics continue with a long-course classical race Wednesday, a short-course freestyle race Friday and a mixed relay Saturday.
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