A dozen Wyoming high school skiers soldiered through the first two days of the 2019 Junior National Cross Country Championships in Anchorage, Alaska, this week with posted times in both freestyle and classic.

The girls have skied considerably better than the boys so far, starting with the individual freestyles that ran on Monday.

Laramie’s Abigail Whitman led the charge by finishing in 15 minutes, 26.7 seconds, good for 65th in the U18 division. Natrona County’s Madyson Willis finished over a minute behind in 111th. Kaylynn Sandall of Lander guided Wyoming’s U16 division with a sub-16 minute time to get 48th. Natrona County’s Abigail Gruner and Lu Elder earned 54th and 60th, respectively, Kelly Walsh’s Sam Veauthier finished just behind Elder in 61st, and Lander’s Kathryn Wilmot settled for 63rd with a 16:36.8.

All those skiers once again competed in Wednesday’s individual classic. All of them posted qualifying times but none advanced to the quarterfinals of their respective divisions. Whitman finished just outside the top 30 in 33rd with a 4:17.36 time, and Willis came in 78th. Sandall once again led the U16 division of Wyoming skiers, finishing in 4:34.51 to earn 54th. Gruner, Veauthier and Elder placed 62nd, 63rd and 64th consecutively, and Wilmot finished just behind in 72nd.

Natrona County’s Ben Radosevich has been the Wyoming boys’ top skier so far this week, finishing 98th in Monday’s freestyle (26 minutes, 45.2 seconds), U18 division. Lander’s Kaleb Simonson and Laramie’s Sam Fay finished consecutively at 112th and 113th, the Natrona County duo of Adam Pickett and Evan Corson earned 118th and 128th, respectively, and Zane Sandall of Lander finished just behind in 130th. Max Radosevich of Natrona County finished 65th in the boys’ U16 division.

Ben Radosevich finished outside the quarterfinals in Wednesday’s individual classic, earning 40th (3:37.21). Corson was the only other Wyoming skier competing in the U18 division of the classic and finished 42nd. Max Radosevich was once again the only Wyoming skier in the boys’ U16 division and missed the quarterfinals by also finishing 40th.

Skiers earned Thursday off but will return to competition Friday for the mass start classic. The weeklong event comes to a culmination with Saturday’s freestyle relay.

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Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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