Doherty's 11th leads U.S. pursuit efforts at Youth/Junior Worlds

Photos from the pursuit races at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Minsk-Raubichi, Belarus, on February 22, 2015

Feb. 22, 2015, 9:33 a.m. (ET)

MINSK-RAUBICHI, Belarus (February 22, 2015) - A day after his bronze medal in the junior men's sprint, Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) had the top American performance in Sunday's pursuit races with an 11th-place finish in the junior men's 12.5-kilometer event at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Belarus. Doherty crossed the line in 37:17.4 minutes, with seven penalties.

Russia claimed two of the top-three spots on the podium with Eduard Latypov taking the win in 35:02.8, with two penalties, while teammate Alexander Povarnitsyn came in third (35:30.9/+5). Norway's Vemund Gurigard slipped in between the Russians for the silver medal (35:27.2/+2). Full results from the junior men's pursuit are available here.

In the junior women's 10k pursuit, Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.) hit 18 of 20 targets to move up from her starting position of 33rd to finish in 22nd place. Phaneuf went clean at three of the four shooting stages, missing her only two targets in the first standing stage. 

"I believe that this was one of the best races in my career," said Phaneuf. "The shooting was almost perfect, and I felt smooth and strong skiing. Moving up 11 spots and seeing that my ski speed was in the top 25 for this field is a huge confidence booster."

Marie Heinrich of Germany won the junior women's pursuit, shooting clean and posting a time of 27:58.3. Galina Vishnevskaya (KAZ) finished second, 15.4 seconds back with two penalties, while Ukraine's Yuliya Zhuravok placed third with clean shooting, 20.7 seconds behind Heinrich.

Also competing in Sunday's junior women's pursuit event was Mikaela Paluszek (Saxtons River, Vt.) who placed 55th (38:03.1/+8). Full results of the junior women's pursuit are available here.

Four athletes represented the U.S. in the youth women's 7.5k pursuit on Sunday. Siena Ellingson (Tacoma, Wash.) was the top finisher in 39th place (29:56.3/+6), followed by Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt.) in 42nd (30:07.5/+9), Amanda Kautzer (Plymouth, Minn.) in 46th (30:28.9/+7), and Hannah Streinz (Hersay, Maine) in 50th (31:48.6/+6). Norway's Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold continued her strong showings this week by taking the win with a time of 23:26.9, with two penalties. She was joined on the podium by a pair of Austrians: Julie Schwaiger, 44.3 seconds back, with two penalties, and Simone Kupfner, 55.5 seconds behind, with three penalties. Full results of the youth women's pursuit are available here.

Paul Thomas Everett (Tacoma, Wash.) was the lone American in the youth men's 10k pursuit where he finished 43rd with a time of 33:21.9, with five penalties. The race was won by Austria's Felix Leitner with a time of 28:12.3, with two penalties. Russia's Kirill Streltsov was second, three seconds back with two penalties, and Norway's Mattis Haug finished third, 11 seconds back, also with two penalties. Full results of the youth men's pursuit are available here.

Competition resumes Monday with the youth relays. Ellingson, Levins and Kautzer will compete in the women's 3x6k relay, while Cameron Christiansen (Pequot Lakes, Minn.), Sam Zabell (Truckee, Calif.) and Alexander Kilby (Anchorage, Alaska) will represent the U.S. in the men's 3x7.5k race.

Junior Men's 12.5km pursuit

1. Eduard Latypov (RUS) 35:02.8/+2
2. Vemund Gurigard (NOR) 35:27.2/+2
3. Alexander Povarnitsyn (RUS) 35:30.9/+5
11.  Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) 37:17.4/+7

Junior Women's 10km pursuit

1. Marie Heinrich (GER) 27:58.3/+0
2. Galina Vishnevskaya (KAZ) 28:13.7/+2
3. Yuliya Zhuravok (UKR) 28:19.0/+0
22. Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.) 31:05.4/+2
55. Mikaela Paluszek (Saxtons River, Vt.) 38:03.1/+8

Youth Men's 10km pursuit

1. Felix Leitner (AUT) 28:12.3/+2
2. Kirill Streltsov (RUS) 28:15.3/+2
3. Mattis Haug (NOR) 28:23.3/+2
43.  Paul Thomas Everett (Tacoma, Wash.) 33:21.9/+5

Youth Women's 7.5km pursuit

1. Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold (NOR) 23:26.9/+2
2. Julia Schwaiger (AUT) 24:11.2/+2
3. Simone Kupfner (AUT) 24:22.4/+3
39. Siena Ellingson (Minnetonka, Minn.) 29:56.3/+6
42. Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt.) 30:07.5/+9
46. Amanda Kautzer (Plymouth, Minn.) 30:28.9/+7
50. Hannah Streinz (Hersay, Maine) 31:48.6/+6