Clare Egan races the second leg of the women's 4x6km relay in Oestersund on Dec. 8 (photo by NordicFocus)
Oestersund, Sweden (Dec. 8, 2019) – In a very competitive field, the U.S. women's relay team capped off the opening BMW IBU World Cup of the season with a 10th-place finish in Sunday's 4x6-kilometer relay in Oestersund. The American squad of Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Joanne Reid (Grand Junction, Colo.) and Emily Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) completed the course 3 minutes, 25 seconds off the winning time, using eight spare rounds in the process.
"With just two spares each, it was a solid race for us," said Dreissigacker. "We are happy to start with a top-10 and look forward to a chance to improve upon it next weekend in Hochfilzen."
Norwegian anchor Marte Olsbu Roeiseland quickly closed her five prone targets to take the lead and never relinquished it, crossing the finish line in 1:06:10.2 for the victory. The Norwegians used 10 spare rounds in their win. After a last-loop battle with Sweden, the team from Switzerland, with four spare rounds, finished in an all-time best second place, 8.5 seconds back, while the Swedish team was third with eight spares, 10.2 seconds behind Norway.
The BMW IBU World Cup circuit now moves to Hochfilzen, Austria, for a three-day event, Dec. 13-15.
Women's 4x6km relay results
1. Norway (Knotten, Tandrevold, Eckhoff, Roeiseland) 1:11:08.7/0+10
2. Switzerland (E. Gasparin, S. Gasparin, A. Gasparin, Haeckl) +8.5/0+4
3. Sweden (Persson, E. Oeberg, Brorsson, H. Oeberg) +10.2/0+8
10. United States (Dunklee, Egan, Reid, Dreissigacker) +3:25.0/0+8