Top 10 for Men's Relay in Hochfilzen

Photos from the men's and women's relay races on Dec. 13, 2015, at the BMW IBU World Cup 2 in Hochfilzen, Austria.

Dec. 13, 2015, 10:37 a.m. (ET)

HOCHFILZEN, Austria (December 13, 2015) - Team USA's men turned in a top-10 finish in today's 4x7.5-kilometer relay as the BMW IBU World Cup 2 came to a close in Hochfilzen, Austria. The squad -- Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.), Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) -- crossed the finish line in eighth place with one penalty and using 12 spares at the shooting range, two minutes and six seconds behind the Russian team of Alexey Volkov, Evgeny Garanichev, Dmitry Malyshko and Anton Shipulin that won today's relay with a time of 1:11:40.8/0+6, edging out Norway (Henrik L'Abee-Lund, Johannes Thingnes Boe, Tarjei Boe and Emil Hegle Svendsen) by 3.1 seconds. Third place went to France (Simon Fourcade, Quentin Fillon Maillet, Simon Desthieux and Martin Fourcade) with six spares, 1:01.9 back.

Bailey raced the opening leg for Team USA moving up from the 19th start position to sixth place at the first exchange after using only one spare in prone and skiing the fifth-fastest course time. Burke took the exchange from Bailey and cleaned from the prone position to put the U.S. into first place exiting the range, with Russia and Sweden right on his heels. However, a penalty and three spares in standing bumped the U.S. squad back to eighth, a position held on to at the finish by the efforts of Nordgren and Doherty.

Complete results from the men's relay are available here.

Earlier in the day, the women's 4x6km relay was held with the U.S. team of Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.), Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) finishing 15th with two penalties and using 12 spares. They crossed the line in a time of 1:09:43.5. The Italian team of Lisa Vittozzi, Karin Oberhofer, Federika Sanfilippo and Dorothea Wierer won their first-ever relay in 1:05:32.6 with eight spare rounds. Germany (Franziska Hildebrand, Maren Hammerschmidt, Vanessa Hinz and Franziska Preuss) was second, a mere.2 seconds back with seven spare rounds and no penalties. Ukraine (Yuliia Dzhima, Olga Abramova, Valj Semerenko and Olena Pidhrushna) finished third, 13.1 seconds behind with 10 spare rounds. Complete results from the women's relay are available here.

"We had perfect sunny and warm conditions for the relay and it was such a super atmosphere," said Cook. "We didn't perform to our capabilities as a team, but there were some really good aspects to take away from today and also some good things to learn for the next one. I personally felt much stronger skiing today than in the sprint and it was really fun to be the start leg and have people close to me to chase. Using three extra rounds kept me from the top but not far behind the leaders, so I was satisfied."

The BMW IBU World Cup 3 begins Thursday in Pokljuka, Slovenia. 

Men's 4x7.5km relay results

1. Russia (Volkov, Garanichev, Malyshko, Shipulin) 1:11:40.8/0+6
2. Norway (L'Abee-Lund, J. Boe, T. Boe, Svendsen) 1:11:43.9/0+7
3. France (S. Fourcade, Fillon Maillet, Desthieux, M. Fourcade) 1:12:42.7/0+6
USA (Bailey, Burke, Nordgren, Doherty)

Women's 4x6km relay results

1. Italy (Vittozzi, Oberhofer, Sanfilippo, Wierer) 1:05:32.6/0+8
2. Germany (Hildebrand, Hammerschmidt, Hinz, Preuss) 1:05:32.8/0+7
3. Ukraine (Dzhima, Abramova, Semerenko, Pidhrushna) 1:05:45.7/0+10
USA (Cook, Dunklee, Egan, Dreissigacker)