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Wyomingites completed their weeks in Anchorage, Alaska, at the 2019 Junior National Cross Country Championships with the team relay freestyle on Saturday.

The U16 girls had the best day, finishing 17th by clocking in at 32 minutes, 23.7 seconds. That team consisted of Natrona County’s Abigail Gruner, Lu Elder and Kelly Walsh’s Sam Veauthier. Gruner led with the best split (10:34.4), but all finished within 26 seconds of each other’s times. Lander’s Kathryn Wilmot skied on a mixed team (comprised of individual skiers from other regions) that got 20th after skiing the final leg in 11:15.4.

The U18 girls, made up of Laramie’s Abigail Whitman, Natrona County’s Madyson Willis and Lander’s Kaylynn Sandall, finished 22nd with a cumulative 30 minutes, 59.6 seconds time in the 3x3K. Whitman’s opening leg of 9:44.5 put the High Plains girls in contention to win before others built separation. Cody’s Margot Kuntz skied on a mixed team that finished 20th, just ahead of the High Plains team, and clocked in at 11 minutes flat.

Laramie’s Sam Fay, Lander’s Kaleb Simonson and Natrona County’s Max Radosevich skied as the High Plains U18 boys and finished 25th with a combined 25:56.8. Fay’s time of 8:10.4 was the best among the three. Lander’s Zane Sandall skied on the mixed team that finished just 2 seconds behind. Sandall skied the closing leg in 9:13.2.

The boys U20 team of Natrona County’s Adam Pickett, Evan Corson and Ben Radosevich finished 17th in their division with a combined 26:09.6. Pickett skied the team’s best leg, opening with a 8:15.5 run.

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High School Sports Reporter

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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