Team USA Women Finish 11th at World Championship Relay

By Linda Jager | Feb. 15, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

NOVE MESTO, CZE (February 15, 2013) - Team USA's Women raced to an 11th place finish in today’s 4X6-kilometer relay at the 2013 IBu World Championships in Nove Mesto, CZE. The squad (Annelies Cook (Saranac, Lake, NY), Sara Studebaker (Boise, ID), Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT) and Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, VT)) posted a time of 1:11:15.5 (1+6+0+4). Dunklee had clean shooting at the range, and Studebaker missed only one shot in her first standing stage.


“That broom wood helped me "clean" today- that was my first race with perfect shooting, said Dunklee, who broke her rifle stock during her final lap this week's 15k Individual. Dunklee worked with  and repaired the stock using wood from a broom handle. “Sara did an awesome job catching a big pack for me to chase right before the tag off. We matched our result from last year but our standards are higher now. We are all hungry for more!”


“Today was a good day for me. It was a tough, short loop without much rest, so skiing was definitely hard, but I was happy with my feeling on skis today,” said Studebaker.  “Likewise, I felt solid on the range and it was nice to be able to not use too many extras. Relays are equally tough and fun - we have a really positive team atmosphere right now and were really psyched to put our best effort out there today. While we didn't quite measure up to our own expectations, it was a solid day and a result that shows there is a lot more possible for us! We're looking ahead to three more weekends of racing, and pretty excited about where the team is!”


Team Norway (Fenne, Flatland, Solemdal, Berger) won today’s relay with a time of 1:08:11.0 (0+2+1+7). Ukraine (Dzhyma, Semerenko, Semerenko, Pidhrushna) took silver posting 1:08:18 (0+3+0+2), and Team Italy (Wierer, Gontier, Ponza, Oberhofer) surprised the field today taking bronze (1:08:22.6/0+2+0+2).


Extended results from today’s 4x6k relay are available here:


Team USA’s men take the course in Nove Mesto tomorrow for the 4x7.5 km relay, beginning at 9:15am (EST). Starting with bib 13, Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY) will ski the first leg, followed by Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY), Russell Currier (Stockholm, ME) and Leif Nordgren (Marine, MN), respectively. Watch the race live at Tomorrow’s start list and race results will be available here.