Local skiers shine on first weekend of Besh Cup
A pair of local skiers are atop the Besh Cup standings after the first weekend of the statewide Nordic skiing race series.
Alaska Nordic Racing skiers Michael Earnhart and Max Beiergrohslein are in first and second place, respectively, in the U16 men’s standings following two days of racing Dec. 16 and 17 in Fairbanks. On Saturday, Beiergrohslein was the top men’s U16 performer in the 1.3-kilometer classic sprint races, two spots ahead of his ANR teammate. On Sunday, Earnhart won the 5-kilometer freestyle mass start race, clocking a time of 14 minutes, 55 seconds to beat Fairbanks Ski Club’s Jordan Laker-Morris by nearly 10 seconds. Beiergrohslein was sixth.
Other top locals after the first weekend of racing include ANR’s Helen Wilson, who is in seventh place in the women’s U18/U20 standings, one spot ahead of ANR’s Heidi Booher and two spots in front of ANR’s Adrianna Proffitt, with ANR’s Emma Nelson in 14th place overall. All four are currently in qualifiying position for Junior Nationals.
Among U16 girls, ANR’s Emily Walsh is in ninth place after one weekend of racing, with fellow ANR skier Claire Nelson in 12th. Walsh’s ranking is good enough to qualify her for both Junior Nationals and Arctic Winter Games, while Nelson is in Arctic Winter Games qualifying position.
Other top results posted over the weekend were turned in by ANR senior division skier Peter Brewer, who was 21st overall in the men’s 15-kilometer mass start race, and ANR’s Miles Dennis, who was 23rd overall in the men’s sprints.
For complete results and standings, visit crosscountryalaska.org.