Levins gives Team USA second straight top-20 finish at Youth/Junior Worlds

Photos from the youth sprints races at the 2015 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Minsk-Raubichi, Belarus, February 20, 2015.

Feb. 20, 2015, 11:40 a.m. (ET)

MINSK-RAUBICHI, Belarus (February 20, 2015) - Bouncing back from an admittedly disappointing showing in Wednesday's individual event, Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt.) gave Team USA its second consecutive top-20 finish by placing 18th among the 83 competitors in Friday's youth women's 6-kilometer sprint at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Belarus. Levins hit all 10 of her targets and crossed the line with a time of 18:01.5, putting her just 1:35 minutes behind winner Darya Blashko of Belarus (16:26.4/+0). She was one of only six competitors to shoot clean in the women's sprint.

"The sprint at Raubichi today was very exciting," Levins said afterward. "After having a poor race in the individual competition (55th place), I was determined to make up for it today. I redeemed myself on the shooting range, shooting clean for my first time in a race. Although my skis were really fast, my skiing was not at its maximum potential. Nevertheless, I am happy with my present focus and am looking forward to the pursuit competition."

Austria's Julia Schwaiger placed second with clean shooting, 5.5 seconds behind Blashko, while Norway's Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold was third, with one penalty, 6.2 seconds off the pace.

Other U.S. finishers in the youth women's 6k sprint were Amanda Kautzer (Plymouth, Minn.) in 39th (19:08.7/+2), Siena Ellingson (Minnetonka, Minn.) in 41st (19:11.6/+3), and Hannah Streinz (Hersey, Maine) in 54th (20:14.0/+3). Full youth women's sprint results are available here.

In the youth men's 7.5k sprint race, Paul Thomas Everett (Tacoma, Wash.) was the top U.S. finisher in 36th place with two penalties and a time of 23:02.4, putting him 2:23.9 minutes behind Norway's Jonas Uglem Mobakken, who claimed the victory with clean shooting and a time of 20:38.5. Second place went to Austria's Felix Leitner with two penalties, 10.3 seconds behind Mobakken. Norway's Mattis Haug was third, 26.1 seconds back of his winning teammate, with one penalty.

Also representing Team USA in the youth men's 7.5k sprint were Sam Zabell (Truckee, Calif.) in 69th (25:21.1/+4), Cameron Christiansen (Pequot Lakes, Minn.) in 81st (27:55.0/+7), and Alexander Kilby (Anchorage, Alaska) who came in 82nd (28:00.9/+4). Full youth men's individual results are available here.

Competition resumes Saturday with the junior women's 7.5k sprint, followed by the junior men's 10k sprint. In action for Team USA will be Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.) and Mikaela Paluszek (Saxtons River, Vt.) in the women's race, and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.), Brian Halligan (Gansevoort, N.Y.) and Jakob Ellingson (Minnetonka, Minn.) in the men's sprint.

Youth Women's 6km sprint

1. Darya Blashko (BLR)


2. Julia Schwaiger (AUT) 16:31.9/+0
3. Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold (NOR) 16:32.6/+1
18.  Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt.) 18:01.5/+0
39. Amanda Kautzer (Plymouth, Minn.) 19:08.7/+2
41. Siena Ellingson (Minnetonka, Minn.) 19:11.6/+3
54. Hannah Streinz (Hersey, Maine) 20:14.0/+3

Youth Men's 7.5km sprint

1. Jonas Uglem Mobakken (NOR) 20:38.5/+0
2. Felix Leitner (AUT) 20:48.8/+2
3. Mattis Haug (NOR) 21:04.6/+1
36. Paul Thomas Everett (Tacoma, Wash.) 23:02.4/+2
69. Sam Zabell (Truckee, Calif.) 25:21.1/+4
81. Cameron Christiansen (Pequot Lakes, Minn.) 27:55.0/+7
82. Alexander Kilby (Anchorage, Alaska) 28:00.9/+4