Five in line for Jr. Nationals spots
It was a big weekend at the Besh Cup for the Lammers siblings in Soldotna.
University of Alaska Fairbanks freshman Isaac Lammers, of Chugiak, took over the top spot in the Older Junior boys Besh Cup standings with a pair of top-five finishes at Tsalteshi Trails, while younger sister Sarissa had a pair of strong finishes to move into second place in the J1 girls standings.
Sarissa Lammers won the “B” final bracket during classic sprint races held Saturday, Jan. 19 over a field that also included her Chugiak High and Alaska Nordic Racing teammate Sam Hartke. The victory meant Lammers finished seventh overall and third among J1 girls. Hartke finished 12th overall. Other top Chugiak/Eagle River skiers in the event included Alaska Pacific University’s Kinsey Loan in 18th and ANR’s Hannah Stevens in 23rd.
Isaac Lammers finished second to Thomas O’Harra in the men’s sprint final. He was one of two locals to make the “A” final, joining Kenny Brewer, who finished fifth.
In Sunday’s 7.5-kilometer mass start classic race, Sarissa Lammers was the top local finisher in third place overall, followed by Stevens (6th), Hartke (11th) and Loan (16th).
In the men’s 10K race, Issac Lammers finished fifth, Kenny Brewer was 12th, Alex Loan finished 14th and ANR’s David McPhetres was 20th.
After four of six Besh Cup Races, Isaac Lammers leads the Older Boys standings, and McPhetres is 10th among J1 boys — three spots ahead of Loan. Brewer is third among senior men, and ANR’s Roan Hall is 16th among J2 boys.
On the girls side, Kinsey Loan leads the senior women standings. Sarissa Lammers is second among J1 girls, followed by Hartke in sixth and Stevens in seventh.
Through four races, the Lammers siblings, along with Harke, Stevens and McPhetres, are all in position to qualify for Alaska’s Junior National team.
The final Besh Cup races of the season are scheduled for Feb. 2 and 3 in Fairbanks.