Team USA Women Finish 11th at World Championships Relay in Ruhpolding

March 10, 2012, 3:11 p.m. (ET)

RUHPOLDING, Germany (March 10, 2012) - Team USA’s women’s relay squad - Sara Studebaker(Boise, ID), Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT), Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, NY) and Lanny Barnes(Durango, CO) - raced to an 11th place finish at today’s 4x6 Relay at the IBU 2012 World Championships in Ruhpolding. Posting a time of 1:13:33.1 (0+4+0+5), and starting in 14th position, the team had solid shooting and finished 4:00.1 minutes back from Team Germany (Bachman, Neuner, Gossner and Henkel) winning today’s Relay with a time of 1:09:33.0 (0+6+1+4).

Team France (Brunet, Boilley, Bescond and Dorin Habert) took 2nd with a time of 1:10:01.5, followed by Norway (Horn, Ringen, Solemdal and Berger) in third at 1:10:12.5 (0+4+0+8).

“ I think our moods mirrored the sunny blue skies today,” said Dunklee. “The race was a lot of fun and it was very satisfying to finish several places higher than our rank coming in. I couldn't quite find the zen-like shooting zone that I experienced the last couple races and hoped to use fewer spares, but Annelies and Lanny more than made up for it.”

“ For me, relays are my favorite race,” said Barnes. “I love team events, and I love fighting for my teammates and country. It makes it that much more special and makes you push harder knowing you have people relying on you. I think we all had a blast in the relay today. It was so much fun to be a part of this team and there was great team atmosphere.  We all dyed our hair before the race in honor of Susan's performance in the individual and to join our coach, Jonne, who had his hair dyed purple the night before. I was happy to end the international racing season with a clean race. We were so close to catching teams 9 and 10 on the last loop, but just ran out of room. I think we have the potential to consistently finish in the top 10 now and hopefully we'll jump into the top 10 next year.”  

Extended results from today’s Relay are available here.  The 2012 IBU World Championships conclude tomorrow with the Women and Men’s Mass Start. Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY) and Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) will start for Team USA in the Men’s 15K Mass Start, beginning at 13:30 (CET). Dunklee will represent Team USA in the Women’s 12.5K Mass Start at 16:00 (CET) Both events will be webcast live at