CHEILE GRADISTEI, Romania (January 28, 2016) - Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) took the bronze medal and Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.) placed fifth in their opening races at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships on Thursday in Cheile Gradistei, Romania.
Doherty placed third in the junior men's 15-kilometer individual event with a time of 43 minutes and 56.5 seconds, with two penalties. He was 2:01.1 behind Austria's Felix Leitner, who claimed the gold medal.
"I am happy to start the racing with such a strong result," Doherty said. "Today I felt strong on the skis and very in control on the shooting range. I'm looking forward to the sprint and to more racing to come."
Paul Everett (Tacoma, Wash.) gave Team USA three top-20 finishes on the day as he came in 19th in the men's race with one penalty and a time of 48:23. Rounding out the U.S. efforts were Brian Halligan (Gansevoort, N.Y.) in 51st (51:50.3/+4) and Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska) in 84th (56:46.6/+9). Full junior men's individual results are available here.
Phaneuf's time in the junior women's 12.5km individual race was 40:45.8, with two penalties. She was just 53.1 seconds behind winner Susanna Kuzthaler of Austria.
"I was so happy with my result today, and it also kept me wanting more," said Phaneuf. "I’m excited to see that my ski speed is at the top of this competitive field and I'm looking forward to the next few races."
Siena Ellingson (Minnetonka, Minn.) was 43rd in the women's race with three penalties and a time of 46:21.3. Complete results of the junior women's individual race are available here.
The IBU Youth & Junior World Championships continue Friday with the Youth sprint events.
Junior Men's 15km individual results
|1.||Felix Leitner (AUT)||41:55.4/+1|
|2.||Andrea Baretto (ITA)||43:46.2/+0|
|3.||Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.)||43:56.5/+2|
|19.||Paul Everett (Tacoma, Wash.)||48:23.0/+1|
|51.||Brian Halligan (Gansevoort, N.Y.)
|84.||Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska)||56:46.6/+9|
Junior Women's 12.5km individual results
|1.||Susanna Kurzthaler (AUT)||39:52.7/+0|
|2.||Anastasiya Merkushyna (UKR)||40:01.3/+1|
|3.||Julia Schwaiger (AUT)||40:14.1/+0|
|5.||Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.)
|43.||Siena Ellingson (Minnetonka, Minn.)||46:21.3/+3|