Lammers' lead the way at Jr. Nationals
Star file photo
Alaska Nordic Racing (ANR) skier Sarissa Lammers had the top finish among six locals on Day 1 of the USSA Marriot Junior National Nordic Ski Championships in Fairbanks Monday, March 11.
Lammers, a junior at Chugiak High, finished 18th in the J1/OJ women's 5-kilometer freestyle race. Lammers was 1:47.3 off the pace set by Norway's Tiril Weng, who won the interval-start race in a time of 14 minutes, 19.2 seconds.
Eagle River High senior and ANR skier Hannah Stevens was 50th in the same race, 2:25.9 behind the winner. Next across the line among Chugiak-Eagle River skiers was ANR's Sam Hartke, a Chugiak High senior who was 3:02.5 behind Weng.
Lammers' older brother Isaac, a freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks who also skis for ANR, had the top finish among locals on the men's side, finishing 1:21 back of race winner Matti Stengshagen. Stenshagen covered the 10-kilometer course at Birch Hill Recreation Area in 26 minutes, 34.2 seconds.
Lammers was followed in 58th place by fellow ANR skiers David McPhetres in 58th (+2:14.9) and Alex Loan in 77th (+2:53.3). McPhetres is a junior at Chugiak High, where Loan recently completed his senior season of high school competition.
Racing continues Tuesday, March 12 with classic technique relays.
Visit the Junior Nationals website for complete results.