Beckrich Leads U.S. in Individual Races at Youth/Junior Worlds

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 28, 2019, 7:10 p.m. (ET)

Garrett Beckrich youth individual
Garrett Beckrich (r) races in the youth men's individual race on Sunday in Osrblie, Slovakia (photo by Jeffrey Leopold)

OSRBLIE, Slovakia (January 28, 2019) – Garrett Beckrich (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca) was the top American finisher over the first two days of individual races at the 2019 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Osrblie, Slovakia. Beckrich finished 20th in Sunday's youth men's 12.5-kilometer individual race, with four penalties on the shooting range, 2 minutes, 45.3 seconds behind winner Niklas Hartweg of Switzerland. Trym Gerhardsen of Norway took the silver medal while the bronze medal went to Jakub Kocian of Czech Republic.

Other Americans in the youth men's individual were Maxime Germain (Anchorage, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon) in 47th, Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, Vt./Craftsbury Biathlon) in 76th, and Vincent Bonacci (Salt Lake City, Utah/Soldier Hollow Biathlon) in 83rd.

In the youth women's 10km individual, also held on Sunday, Emma Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca) was the top finisher for the U.S. in 56th place, followed by Helen Wilson (Eagle River, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon) in 69thLexie Madigan (Truckee, Calif./Auburn Ski Club) in 83rd, and Lina Farra (Heber City, Utah/Team Soldier Hollow) in 88th. Greenland's Ukaleq Astri Slettemark took the gold followed by Tereza Vobornikova in second and Finland's Heidi Nikkinen in third.

On Monday, the junior division athletes took center stage with two Americans finishing in a dead heat for 32nd place in the junior men's 15km individual. Vaclav Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn.) and Lars Hammernes Leopold (Truckee, Calif./Asker Ski Club) stopped the clock with identical times that were 3:23.3 off the winning pace. Cervenka had two penalties on the range while Leopold had three. Teammate Cody Johnson (Fort Kent, Maine/Outdoor Sports Institute) placed 79th.

France's Martin Bourgeois Republique won the junior men's gold medal with the silver medal being earned by Mikita Labastau of Belarus and the bronze medal going to Germany's Danilo Riethmueller.

In the junior women's 12.5km individual race on Monday, all three Americans finished in the top 60. Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt.) led the U.S. efforts with a 50th-place finish, followed by Maja Lapkass (Anchorage, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon Club) in 56th and Ariana Woods (McCall, Idaho/Bridger Ski Foundation) in 59th.

China's Fanqi Meng took the gold in the junior women's individual. The silver medal went to Germany's Juliane Fruehwirt, while her teammate, Franziska Pfnuer, earned the bronze.

Competition continues on Tuesday with the youth men's and women's relays.

Full results at biathlonresults.com.

Youth Men’s 12.5km individual results

1.

Niklas Hartweg (SUI)

35:37.1/+1

2.

Trym Gerhardsen (NOR)

+25.3/+1

3.

Jakub Kocian (CZE)

+33.7/+1

20.

Garrett Beckrich (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca)

+2:45.3/+4

47.

Maxime Germain (Anchorage, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon)

+5:00.6/+7

76.

Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, Vt./Craftsbury Biathlon)

+8:07.4/+9

83.

Vincent Bonacci (Salt Lake City, Utah/Soldier Hollow Biathlon)

+9:28.3/+10

 

Youth Women’s 10km individual results

1.

Ukaleq Astri Slettemark (GRL)

31:49.3/+0

2.

Tereza Vobornnikova (CZE)

+1:14.8/+1

3.

Heidi Nikkinen (FIN)

+1:20.3/+2

56.

Emma Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca)

+6:36.3/+5

69.

Helen Wilson (Eagle River, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon)

+7:18.7/+5

83.

Lexie Madigan (Truckee, Calif./Auburn Ski Club)

+10:02.2/+7

88.

Lina Farra (Heber City, Utah/Team Soldier Hollow)

+11:42.4/+10


Junior Men’s 15km individual results

1.

Martin Bourgeois Republique (FRA)

44:30.1/+1

2.

Mikita Labastau (BLR)

+2.9/+1

3.

Danilo Riethmueller (GER)

+4.2/+2

t-32.

Vaclav Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn.)

+3:23.3/+2

t-32.
Lars Hammernes Leopold (Truckee, Calif./Asker Ski Club)
+3:23.3/+3
79.
Cody Johnson (Fort Kent, Maine/Outdoor Sports Institute) +9:01.8/+6


Junior Women’s 12.5km individual results

1.

Fanqi Meng (CHN)

40:06.7/+0

2.

Juliane Fruehwirt (GER)

+1:08.8/+1

3.

Franziska Pfnuer (GER)

+1:35.8/+0

50.

Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt.)

+6:51.3/+5

56.
Maja Lapkass (Anchorage, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon Club)
+7:30.5/+3
59.
Ariana Woods (McCall, Idaho/Bridger Ski Foundation) +8:01.1/+3