Eagle River biathlete earns Arctic Winter Games spot

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 21:37
  • Chugiak’s Torsten Renner competes during the Service Snowball Nordic ski races on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at Kincaid Park. Renner recently qualified to represent Team Alaska at the Arctic Winter Games in March. (Star file photo/Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Torsten Renner leads a Dimond skier around a corner during the boys freestyle race at ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Nordic Ski State Championships on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Eagle River biathlte Torsten Renner has been selected to represent Team Alaska at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.

Renner, a high school junior who competes for Chugiak High and the Anchorage Biathlon Club, scored 174 overall points to take first place in the Junior Male division standings at the Arctic Winter Games bitahlon trials held Jan. 13 at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

Renner earned the spot by winning back-to-back races over the weekend. On Jan. 13, Renner finished the 7.5-kilometer finals course in 27 minutes, 11.37 seconds with five penalties for an adjusted time of 30:31.37 to finish more than six minutes ahead of Joshua Watson. On Jan. 14, Renner won the sprint race in 16:49.62 with two penalties to beat Watson — who also had two penalties — by more than a minute.

Renner also competed at the U.S. Junior/Youth World Team Trails in December, when he finished ninth in the Youth Men’s standings.

Eagle River’s Helen Wilson and Grace Gilliland — who both recently made the U.S. World Junior biathlon team for the second time — also participated in the AWG trials as non-Games qualifying athletes. On Saturday, Wilson finished the 7.5-kilometer course in 30:36.15 with five penalties for a total time of 34:06.15. On Sunday, Gilliland completed the sprint course in 19:57.27 with four penalties.

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