Laramie senior Abigail Whitman once again fronted the charge of Wyoming girls Friday at the 2019 US Junior National Cross Country Championships in Anchorage, Alaska.
Whitman, a two-time runner-up in the individual classic state championship, finished 28th in the U18 division in the mass start classic by completing the course in 30 minutes, 49.3 seconds. Natrona County senior Madyson Willis was the only other Wyomingite to compete in that division, completing in 34:34.0 for a 77th-place finish.
Six different Wyoming girls competed in the event’s U16 division. Lander standout Kaylynn Sandall, the reigning state champion in the classic, led the High Plains Nordic team with a 48th-place finish that clocked in at 16 minutes, 26.2 seconds. Natrona County’s Abigail Gruner finished just 12 seconds behind Sandall for a 56th-place finish. Kelly Walsh’s Sam Veauthier barely edged out Natrona County’s Lu Elder for 64th. Veauthier, who barely finished ahead of Elder in the classic at state as well, finished in 16:48.7 while Elder clocked a 16.48.9. Lander’s Kathryn Wilmot (17:20.3) finished 67th, and Cody’s Margot Kuntz (18:46.9) placed 72nd.
The boys of Wyoming had a tougher day against the field. Laramie’s Sam Fay led four skiers in the U18 division of the classic mass start, with a 45th-place finish. Fay clocked a 27:45.3, just 15 seconds ahead of Lander’s Kaleb Simonson, who finished 49th. Natrona County’s Adam Pickett (29:08.4) finished 73rd, Lander’s Zane Sandall (29:30.5) finished 79th.
The Natrona County duo of Ben Radosevich and Evan Corson had their best days of the week in U20 division. Radosevich (42:08.0) finished in 34th and Corson (44:56.7) placed 40th.
Natrona County’s Max Radosevich was the only one to compete in the U16 division and finished in 15:39.8 to place 61st.
Action in Anchorage wraps up on Saturday with the relay freestyle.