Bailey 12th in Hochfilzen Sprint

Photos from the men's and women's sprint races on Dec. 11, 2015, at the BMW IBU World Cup 2 in Hochfilzen, Austria.

Dec. 11, 2015, 11:51 a.m. (ET)

HOCHFILZEN, Austria (December 11, 2015) - Shooting clean and clocking the 12th-fastest time in the men's 10-kilometer sprint, Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) led a group of five Americans in qualifying for tomorrow's pursuit races as the BMW IBU World Cup 2 got underway Friday in Hochfilzen, Austria. Clear skies and temperatures just above freezing made for near perfect conditions on this windless day.

Bailey, starting 48th and near the midpoint of the 108-man sprint field, hit all 10 targets and skied across the line with a time of 24:33.2, 40.9 seconds back of winner Simon Schempp of Germany, who also went clean in 23:52.3. France's Martin Fourcade had a single penalty as he finished 9.9 seconds back, with Norway's Tarjei Boe also shooting clean to claim third, 18.9 seconds behind.

For Bailey, it was a welcome bounce back after failing to qualify for last week's pursuit at World Cup 1 in Oestersund, Sweden.

"I was happy with today's race coming off last week's disappointing start," Bailey said. "The course was really fast and the corners were about as icy as I've ever seen. The shooting range conditions were nearly perfect and it was a nice change from the gale-force winds of Oestersund. Looking forward to tomorrow."

Joining Bailey in Saturday's men's 12.5km pursuit will be all three of his U.S. teammates...Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.), Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) and Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.). Doherty finished 25th (25:05.4/+2), Burke was 30th (25:19.2/+3) and Nordgren placed 55th (25:58.8/+2). The top 60 finishers qualified for the pursuit. Full men's sprint results available here.

Joining the men on Saturday will be Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) in the women's 10km pursuit. Dunklee also rebounded from last week's World Cup sprint where she failed to qualify for the pursuit after placing 64th. On Friday, Dunklee finished 53rd with a time of 21:52.7 and four penalties in the women's 7.5km sprint.

"Today was a rough day for the team with none of us showing our full potential," said Dunklee. "We'll be hungry to make amends in Sunday's relay. My legs felt heavy skiing and I am still working through some minor problems with my standing shooting, but tomorrow is a new day. I love to chase people down and the pursuit is the perfect race for that."

Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) finished just outside the pursuit qualification cutoff in 65th (22:08.5/+2), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) was 83rd (22:40.5/+2) and Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) finished 99th (23:43.0/+5).

Germany swept the women's podium on Friday with Franziska Hildebrand earning her first World Cup win in 20:04.1 with clean shooting. Second place went to Maren Hammerschmidt, also clean but 15.1 seconds behind, while third went to teammate Miriam Gossner, with one penalty, 21 seconds back. Full women's sprint results available here.

The BMW IBU World Cup 2 continues on Saturday with the pursuit events. The women's 10k event starts at 5:30 a.m. EST, and the men's 12.5k pursuit follows at 8:30 a.m. Live streaming coverage of the races can be seen here.

Men's 10km sprint results

1. Simon Schempp (GER) 23:52.3/+0
2. Martin Fourcade (FRA) 24:02.2/+1
3. Tarjei Boe (NOR) 24:11.2/+0
12.
Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.)
24:33.2/+0
25.  Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) 25:05.4/+2
30. Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 25:19.2/+3
55. Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) 25:58.8/+2

Women's 7.5km sprint results

1. Franziska Hildebrand (GER) 20:04.1/+0
2. Maren Hammerschmidt (GER) 20:19.2/+0
3. Miriam Goessner (GER) 20:25.1/+1
53.
Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)
21:52.7/+4
65.  Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) 22:08.5/+2
83. Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) 22:40.5/+2
99. Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) 23:43.0/+5