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Nordic Skiing

Annabel Hagen of Jackson leads at the start of the girls varsity race during the second day of the high school Nordic skiing event Dec. 9, 2017, on Casper Mountain.

Less than two weeks after the Wyoming State High School Nordic Skiing Championships, a select number of Wyoming cross-country skiers were selected to participate in the 2018 US Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Junior National Championships, which began last week in Soldier Hollow, Utah, and finish Saturday.

Seven girls and 12 boys were chosen from Wyoming to compete among four separate age groups with participants scattered throughout the state.

The 5km/10km classic interval took place on Wednesday, which most Wyomingites that received invitations competed in.

In the Boys Under-20 division, Laramie’s Liam McInroy finished 22nd with a time of 26:17.1. McInroy was state champion in the classic at this year’s meet.

The Boys U18 division also had more Wyoming representation. Lander’s Noah Gans had Wyoming’s best finish, coming in 36th with a time of 26:26.3. Then came Albert Steiner of Laramie, who took 52nd, Silas Goetz of Lander in 60th, Sam Fay of Laramie in 63rd and Ben Radosevich of Natrona County, who placed 65th, just one spot ahead of Mustang teammate Evan Corson. Zane Sandall of Lander finished 71st. Natrona County’s Adam Pickett took 77th while Lane Meyers came in 86th.

In the Girls U18 division, Jackson’s newly-crowned state champion Annabel Hagan finished 35th with a clocked time of 17:10.1. Molly Fehringer of Lander came in 66th and Zoe Noble of Pinedale took 76th. Lander’s Emilee Robins took 79th and teammate Ursula Anderson finished just after in 80th.

Jackson’s Elijah Weenig led the way for Wyoming in the Boys U16 division with a 17th-place finish. Then came Natrona County’s Max Radosevich with a 54th-place finish.

Kelly Walsh’s Samantha Veauthier came in 54th to give Wyoming its best finish in the Girls U16 division while Natrona County’s Luciel Elder took 57th and teammate Madyson Willis finished just behind in 58th.

The youngest of the Wyoming qualifiers was Kaleb Simonson of Lander, who placed 37th in the Boys U14 division.

The free sprint qualifier took place on Wednesday afternoon, with most qualifying Wyomingites competing in that as well. McInroy finished 28th in the Boys U20 division there.

Gans once again had the best finish among Wyoming racers when placing 15th in the U18 division of the free sprint. Pickett finished 45th, Meyers took 47th and then a trifecta of Wyoming racers in Steiner, Corson and Goetz took 59th, 60th and 61st, respectively. Ben Radosevich was just behind at 64th and Fay came in 85th of 87 finishers.

Hagan once again had Wyoming’s best finish in the Girls U18 division after finishing in 3:07.18 to place 14th. Fehringer finished just over 14 seconds later at 58th. Noble (75th), Robins (76th) and Anderson (77th) all finished separated by 11 seconds.

Weenig finished 7th in the Boys U16 division after posting a time of 2:47.58. Max Radosevich posted a 55th-place finish, meanwhile.

In the Girls U16 division, Elder placed 50th while Veauthier (60th) and Willis (61st) finished .43 seconds apart.

Hagen finished third in Wednesday’s sprint after becoming the only female Wyomingite to qualify for the semifinals. Her Jackson teammate, Weenig, took fourth in his division.

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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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