Youth Relays Take Center Stage at Youth/Junior World Championships

By Bill Kellick | Jan. 28, 2020, 10:59 a.m. (ET)


Sam Stertz (r) waits for the final exchange from Bjorn Westervelt during the youth men's relay in Lenzerheide on Jan. 28, 2020 (photo by Jeffrey Leopold)

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (January 28, 2020) – The first day of relays at the 2020 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships saw the men's and women's youth teams compete for the medals on Tuesday in Lenzerheide. The U.S. youth men's team finished 13th in the 3x7.5-kilometer event, while the U.S. youth women's squad was 17th in their 3x6km race.

The youth men's team of Maxime Germain (Anchorage, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club), Bjorn Westervelt (Stowe, Vt./Craftsbury Biathlon) and Sam Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon) had five penalties and used 14 spares to finish 6 minutes, 57.2 seconds off the pace. Westervelt used just two spares on the second leg, one at each shooting stage, to put the team in fifth place at the final exchange. He had the second-fastest loop time on the second lap of his leg.

In the youth women's relay, the trio of Lina Farra (Heber City, Utah/Team Soldier Hollow), Kaisa Bosek (Alexandria, Minn./Minnesota Biathlon Wolfpack) and Eva Weymuller (Winthrop, Wash./Methow Valley Biathlon) had one penalty and used seven spare rounds to cross the line 8:15 back. Farra cleaned from prone and used just one spare in standing on the opening leg.

Norway prevailed with the gold in both youth relay competitions. The Czech youth men's team and Italian youth women's team won silver, while bronze went to the Russian youth men and German youth women's team.

Wednesday will feature the junior relay competition. The American 4x7.5km junior men's team includes Lars Hammernes Leopold (Truckee, Calif./Asker Ski Club), Garrett Beckrich (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca Biathlon/USBA Junior National Team), Vaclav Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn./U.S. National Guard/USBA Junior National Team) and Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, Wash./Crosscut Biathlon), while the foursome of Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt./USBA Junior National Team), Ariana Woods (Bozeman, Mont./Crosscut Mountain Sports Center), youth competitor Helen Wilson (Eagle River, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club) and Emma Stertz (Grand Rapids, Minn./College of Saint Scholastica) will race in the 4x6km junior women's relay.

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Full results at biathlonresults.com.

Youth Men's 3x7.5km relay results

1.

Norway (Uldal, Toernblad Sameien, Nevland)

1:04:07.0/0+6

2.

Czech Republic (Manek, Kabrda, Marecek)

+1:15.7/0+9

3.

Russsia (Zubarev, Domichek, KovalevI)

+1:37.5/0+10

13.

USA (Germain, Westervelt, Stertz)

+6:57.2/5+14

 

Youth Women's 3x6km relay results

1.

Norway (Aas Straete, Dokken, Bakken)

1:02:11.2/0+5

2.

Italy (Auchentaller, Zingerle, Passler)

+1.4/0+10

3.

Germany (Behringer, Puff, Kastl)

+20.8/0+4

17.

USA (Farra, Bosek, Weymuller)

+8:15.0/1+7