Top 20 for Bailey and Burke in Pokljuka Sprint

By Linda Jager | March 06, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

POKLJUKA, Slovenia (March 6, 2014) – Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY) raced to a 12th place finish (25:49.8/+1), and Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) was 16th (26:01.9/+1) in the men’s 10-kilometer sprint at World Cup 7 in Pokljuka, Slovenia today.


"I was happy with the result today, and psyched to have a good shot at the top of the field on Saturday," said Bailey. "The conditions were gusty winds from the start, and I had a little bit of luck on my side in that the winds stayed about the same as zero for my prone and standing. I felt pretty good on the first two laps, but I just couldn't quite hold the speed on the last lap. I'm looking forward to the pursuit on Saturday."


“This was a solid start for me, and now I am looking forward to the pursuit on Saturday,” said Burke. “The shooting conditions have been really hard here in Slovenia, so I think anything is still possible for the pursuit. I am hopeful that I can still get back in top form before the end of the season.” 


Bjoern Ferry (SWE) won the sprint posting a time of 23:03.5/+1, Anton Shipulin (RUS) was second (25:05.0/+0), and Arnd Peiffer (GER) finished third (25:06.2). Leif Nordgren (Marine, MN) finished 42nd (27:45.3/+3) and Russell Currier (Stockholm, Maine) was 73rd (29:51.6/+2). Extended results from today’s race are available here . Bailey, Burke and Nordgren will race in Saturday’s 12.5k pursuit beginning at 5:15am (ET).


Sara Studebaker had the top finish for Team USA’s women today, posting a time of 23:16.4/+1 for 35th place. Susan Dunklee (Barton, VT) was 38th (23:22.7/+4), Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, NY) was 79th (25:32.2/+5) and Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, VT) was 84th (27:36.5/+8).


"Today was definitely a tough day on the range," said Studebaker. "Some people got lucky with the wind, and some people had super windy conditions while they were shooting. I definitely was lucky, but I've also been really working on my shooting since Sochi did not go as I had hoped on the range. I was really happy to have a solid race today and score some World Cup points!  It was a good race for me to have right now and I'm looking forward to improving in the Pursuit."


Katharina Innerhoffer (AUT) won the sprint with a time of 21:19.1 and clean shooting. Daria Virolaynen (RUS) took second (21:28.3/+0), and Nadezhda Skardino (BLR) was third (21:31.2/+0). Extended results from the women’s sprint are available here. Studebaker and Dunklee will compete in Saturday’s 10k pursuit beginning at 7:25am (ET).


Saturday’s World Cup races will be webcast live here


Team USA Youth Relays in Presque Isle


Team USA men’s youth relay team - Paul Everett (Tacoma, WA), Sean Doherty (Center Conway, NH) and Brian Halligan (Gansevoort, N.Y.) – finished 5th (1:01:53.1/3+12) in today’s 3x7.5 km relay at the 2014 youth/Junior World Champrionships in Presque, Isle, Maine. Russia won with atime of 59:18.9/2+9, Canada took second (1:01:29.1/1+10), and Finland was third (1:01:32.8/2+14).


The youth women’s team - Anna Kubek (Duluth, MN), Madeleine Grace Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.) and Mikaela Paluszek (Fort Kent, Maine) – finished 9th in the 3x6 km relay with a time of 1:04:29.3/3+9. France won the women’s relay (59:32.8/0+4), Russia took second (59:42.8/0+7), and Austria was third (1:00:05.5/0+9).


Racing concludes in Presque Isle tomorrow with the junior men and women’s relays.