Posted on January 27, 2009 by Dylan Anderson

The Augustana Vikings biathlon team made another pilgrimage to Canmore on January 17th and 18th.

The Augustana Vikings biathlon team made another pilgrimage to Canmore on January 17th and 18th. These races were not only North American
Cup competitions, but World Youth and Junior trials. The team raced against athletes from across Canada, the United States, and Australia.

In Saturday’s sprint race, Philip Eriksson placed 12th in the Senior Men’s category and Paul Woloschuk placed eighth in Junior Men. Alicia Hurley placed seventh in the
Senior Women’s category, with Jytte Apel in eighth. Kathryn Stone raced to third place in the Junior Women’s category and Betsy Mawdsley finished in sixth place. Lauren Brookes and Carly Shiell placed ninth and 17th respectively in the Youth Woman’s category.

On Sunday in the longer pursuit race, Anna Apel placed sixth and Jodi Miller was seventh in the Junior Women’s category. Mike Kenny placed 20th in the hotly contested Youth Men’s category. In Youth Women, Jennifer Paterson placed 12th and Sara Jackson placed 21st.

A few athletes stayed in Canmore to train on Monday and race in a time trial on Tuesday. Throughout the days all athletes gained valuable experience. Kathryn Stone kept the team on the edge of their seats as she worked to gain a spot on the World Junior team. Making the Vikings proud, she put in impressive races all three days (third, fourth, and fourth place), and in the end was only one percent away from being named the Canadian spare. Congratulations Kathryn!

Other highlights of the weekend include an action-packed board game, eleven containers of pasta salad, and a fantastic team shooting percentage of 68 percent on Saturday.

The team now looks forward to volunteering at World Youth and Junior Championships in their new blue Halti coats from January 27th to February 3rd


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