U.S. Team Finishes Week at Soldier Hollow with Top-10 in Relay

By Bill Kellick | Feb. 17, 2019, 12:54 p.m. (ET)


Alex Howe races in the mixed relay on Sunday in Soldier Hollow (photo by NordicFocus)

SOLIDER HOLLOW, Utah (Feb. 17, 2019) – The week at Soldier Hollow ended on a high note for the U.S. team with a top-10 finish in the final event of the BMW IBU World Cup on Sunday. The American quartet of Alex Howe (Gilford, N.H.), Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.), Joanne Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished 10th in the 20-team field with just five spare rounds and a time just under three minutes off the winning time posted by France.

Howe and Reid each used just one spare on the range while Egan anchored the performance with a clean closing leg.

"All four of us had performances today we can be proud of," said Egan. "It was a perfect way to wrap up a fantastic weekend of racing here in the U.S. We are ready for the world championships."

The French team of Quentin Fillon Maillet, Simon Desthieux, Celie Aymonier and Anais Chevalier used just three spare rounds to win the mixed relay in 1:03:51.3. They were 13.5 seconds ahead of second place Germany and 1:02 in front of third place Norway.

Earlier in the day in the single mixed relay, the U.S. duo of Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) and Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) were as high as seventh out on the course but eventually faded to 14th, with two penalties and 13 spare rounds, 2:03.1 off the pace.

"Today was a nice way to cap off our week here in Soldier Hollow," Doherty said. "We were in great position there and in the end, that's biathlon. It was a great rehearsal for us and it's exciting moving forward. It was great to race here and I hope we can come back soon."

The Italian duo of Lukas Hofer and Dorothea Wierer, with six spare rounds, captured the single mixed relay in 35:27.9. Austria, with Lisa Theresa Hauser and Simon Eder, had just two spares to finish second, 22.9 seconds back. Third place went to the French team of Antonin Guigonnat and Julia Simon, with one penalty and eight spare rounds, 50.2 seconds back.

The biathletes will now have a break before the IBU World Championships begin on March 7 in Oestersund, Sweden.

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Mixed Relay results

1.

France (Fillon Maillet, Desthieux, Aymonier, Chevalier)

1:03:51.4/0+3

2.

Germany (Lesser, Doll, Hildebrand, Hinz)

+13.5/0+6

3.

Norway (Christiansen, J. Boe, Eckhoff, Roeiseland)

+1:02.2/2+11

26.

USA (Howe, Brown, Reid, Egan)

+2:59.9/0+5

Single Mixed Relay results

1.

Italy

35:27.9/0+6

2.

Austria

+22.9/0+2

3.

France

+50.2/1+8

14.

USA (Dunklee, Doherty)

+2:03.1/2+13