FORT KENT, Maine (March 29, 2016) - The 2015-16 biathlon season came to a close over the weekend with World Cup Team members Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) claiming two titles apiece at the combined U.S. Nationals and NorAm Championships.
Bailey won Thursday's 10-kilometer men's sprint in 25:07.3 with just one penalty in prone. Fellow National Team members Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) placed second and third, respectively.
In the women's 7.5k sprint, Egan missed just a single target to win in 23:29.3 in the first national championships of her biathlon career. Joanne Reid (Boulder, Colo.) finished second with three penalties, edging Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) by 3.3 seconds.
Bailey and Egan climbed to the top of the podium again after Friday's pursuit competitions. Bailey won the men's 12.5k race despite three penalties, all coming in standing. Burke and Doherty again claimed the silver and bronze medals behind Bailey. Egan cruised to victory in the women's 10k pursuit ahead of Reid and Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.), despite three penalties.
Competition wrapped up on Saturday with the mass start races and Cook concluded her biathlon career with a bang, winning the women's 12.5k race by 22 seconds over Reid. Cook missed only two shots, both in her first standing stage, to claim the victory in her very last race before she retires. Sisters Emily and Hannah Dreissigacker took third and fourth, respectively. It was also Hannah Dreissigacker's last race before she retires.
In the men's 15k mass start, Burke took top honors with just a single missed shot over the four shooting stages. He claimed a one minute and 28 second win over Doherty, while Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) came in third, +1:41.
For complete results, go to the Fort Kent Outdoor Center website.