Strong Relay Performances by Team USA

By Linda Jager | Dec. 07, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

HOCHFILZEN, Austria (December 7, 2013) – Posting one of their best recent relay results, Team USA  - Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT), Sara Studebaker (Boise, ID), Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, VT), and Lanny Barnes (Durango, CO) – excelled on the range at today’s World Cup 4X6-kilometer relay. Finishing eighth, with a time of 1:15:54/0+3, the squad was 2:44.8 back from Team Ukraine (Dzhyma, Vita Semerenko, Valj Semerenko, Pidhrushna) winning today with a time of 1:13:09.2/0+3.


Studebaker and Barnes both shot clean in the second and fourth relay legs, respectively.


“Today was a really good race for me,” said Studebaker. “I was definitely motivated to have a good one after sitting out yesterday, and relays are always fun. I was psyched to shoot so well and this definitely feels like a step in the right direction personally after Ostersund. As a team, this is a great result. We were looking for some redemption after a tough day yesterday and I think we proved that we're on our way back up!”


“It was a really fun relay today and a tough battle from start to finish,” said Barnes. “The girls did an awesome job setting me up for a fight in the top-10. It was nice to have a good result like this for the first relay especially after a disappointing day yesterday. I am excited about the possibility of our team improving on that result in the next relay. I am very proud of my teammates and happy with our result today.”


Germany (Preuss, Henkel, Hildebrad, Dahlmeier) took second (1:14:05.5/1+7), and France (Brunet, Boilley, Chevalier, Bescond) finish third  (1:14:10/0+7).


Complete results from the women’s relay are available here.


Team USA Men Finish 11th in Hochfilzen


Team USA  - Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY), Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY), Jeremy Teela (Heber City, UT), and Leif Nordgren (Marine, MN) – finished 11th in today’s 4x7.5km relay. Finishing with a time of 1:21:16.2/0+10, the team was 1:25 back from Norway (Christiansen, Bjoerndalen, Boe, and Svendsen), winning with a time of 1:19:50.8/0+10. Sweden (Eriksson, Ferry, Lindstroem, and Bergman) finished second (1:20:10.1/0+5), and Russia (Volkov,Ustyugov,Shipulin and Malyshko) took third (1:20:11.9/0+10).


"I think we can be really happy with how things went in the relay today," said Burke. "Of course we want to finish better than 11th place, but I think the fact the we were only 1:25 behind the leaders says a lot about our performance. With just a few less extra shots, we can be right in the mix for a podium finish!"


Team USA was among the top-3 during the first half of the relay, but  snow set in mid-race slowing down the track. Extended results from the men’s relay can be found here. 


World Cup 2 competition wraps up in Hochfilzen tomorrow with the men’s and women’s pursuit events. Bailey and Burke will race for Team USA in the men’s 12.5km pursuit beginning at 7:30am (ET). Watch the pursuit live here.