Dunklee, Brown Take Sprint Victories on Opening Day of Nationals

By Bill Kellick | March 30, 2019, 11:15 a.m. (ET)

Women's sprint podium
(l to r) Clare Egan, Susan Dunklee and Kelsey Dickinson comprised the women's sprint podium (photo by Weymuller Photography)

(March 29, 2019) -- The U.S. Biathlon National Championships kicked off their three-day run in Jericho, Vermont, on Friday with the sprint competitions.

Taking top spot in the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint was Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), racing in her home state. Her time of 23 minutes, 10.3 seconds was just three-tenths of a second faster than runner-up Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine). Dunklee had three shooting penalties while Egan had one. Joining them on the podium was Kelsey Dickinson (Winthrop, Wash.), 1:17 behind Dunklee's time with a single prone penalty.

Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) took the top spot in the men's 10km sprint with two penalties and a time of 26:55.6. Second place went to Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.), 5.8 seconds back with one penalty. Also with one penalty and claiming the bronze medal was Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.). He was 13 seconds behind Brown.

Visit the Ethan Allen Biathlon Club website for complete results and start lists: http://www.eabiathlon.org/

Competition continues on Saturday with the pursuit races and concludes on Sunday with the mass starts.