CXC Juniors Ready for Junior Nationals in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE (March 9, 2019) – Anchorage’s legendary Kincaid Park Trails are ready and waiting for the start of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Junior National Championships beginning Sunday (March 10). Over 70 athletes from Central Cross Country Skiing will take part in the championships, which will be streamed live by CXC TV.

The event will showcase the future of cross country ski racing with the best athletes under the age of 20 competing. It’s the highest level championship event in America for junior ski racers. The team features skiers from over two-dozen CXC club programs.

“Kincaid is an iconic venue in cross country skiing,” said CXC Sport Development Director Joe Haggenmiller. “Our CXC athletes will have a memorable experience competing here against the best juniors in America. This will be an important learning opportunity.”

CXC is the regional governing organization for cross country skiing in the 10 state Central Region of the United States. The team was selected through a series of qualifying events over the past three months including the CXC Junior Cup, which ended last month at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis.

Teams were selected within two separate divisions of Central Region. The Great Lakes Division consists of the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and eastern Pennsylvania. The Midwest Division includes Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, South and North Dakota,and Wisconsin.

The Kincaid Park trails are legendary in the sport and the past site for national and international competitions including FIS World Cups. The trail system is also the home of Olympic champion Kikkan Randall.

“The trails here are tough,” said Haggenmiller. “They will provide great opportunities for racing over the next week.”

Haggenmiller will join a team of CXC coaches overseeing more than 70 athletes. The Great Lakes team will be lead by Mike Young and Nick Baic. The Midwest team will be lead by Julia Curry and Chris Harvey.

Among those helping provide funding for the trip was the Wisconsin Nordic Development Group, an independent group that focused on growing the number of teams and participants that compete in Wisconsin Nordic Ski League events.

All of the races will be streamed live for free on Facebook channels across the country including Central Cross Country Skiing,  U.S. Ski & Snowboard, National Nordic Foundation, NENSA, and the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, as well as at Livestream.com.


 

Who’s racing? Where are the teams from? What’s the schedule for the week? How cool was the recent U.S. relay gold at World Juniors? Who were the future Olympians that starred at the 2008 JNs in Anchorage? That’s a lot of questions and the official 2019 Junior Nationals program has all the answers and more! Check it out by clicking the program link at www.juniornationalsxc2019.com/event-info/.

2019 Junior Nationals Program Guide

2019 U.S. CROSS COUNTRY JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Competition start time 10:00 a.m. AKDT (2:00 p.m. EDT)

Sunday, March 10

Opening Ceremony

Monday, March 11

Freestyle, individual start

Wednesday, March 13

Classic sprint

Friday, March 15

Classic, mass start

Saturday, March 16

Freestyle, relay

 

2019 CENTRAL REGION JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

Great Lakes Division – Men

Joshua Albrecht, U20, Michigan Tech University

Mitchell Delong, U20, Copper Country Ski Tigers

Aleutian Hatfield, U18, Superiorland Ski Club

Julien Malherbe, U18, Superiorland Ski Club

Nick Niemi, U18, North Ironwood

Matt Pillifant, U18, Superiorland Ski Club

Noah Robisheck, U16, Vasa Ski Club

Galen Resch-Chimner, U18, Copper Country Ski Tigers

Joe Wood, U18, Copper Country Ski Tigers

Ted Roe, U18, Vasa Ski Club

 

Great Lakes Division – Women

Erika Asmus, U18, Superiorland Ski Club

Arielle Jean, U16, Vasa Ski Club

Kora Johnson, U16, Copper Country Ski Tigers

Mary Lyon, U20, Michigan Tech University

Anabel Needham, U18, Copper Country Ski Tigers

 

Midwest Division – Men

Patrick Acton, U20, Michigan Tech University (qualified through U.S. Championships)

Jackson Adler, U20, Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team

Tres Green, U20, Michigan Tech University

Caden Albrecht, U16, Loppet Nordic Racing

Roger Anderson, U16, Loppet Nordic Racing

Stas Bednarski, U16, Loppet Nordic Racing

Matthew Bourne, U18, Endurance United

Noah Erickson, U16, NordicWerks SkiKlubb

Eli Gore, U18, Madison Nordic Ski Club/CXC Junior Development Program

Jasper Johnson, U16, Ely High School/CXC Junior Development Program

Adrik Kraftson, U16, Loppet Nordic Racing

Joe Lynch, U18, Loppet Nordic Racing

Cooper Lennox, U18, Loppet Nordic Racing

Luke McKinnon, U20, Loppet Nordic Racing

Ryan Mead, U20, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Peter Moore, U18, Endurance United

Alex Nemeth, U18, Loppet Nordic Racing

Will Nemeth, U18, Loppet Nordic Racing

Zach Nemeth, U18, Loppet Nordic Racing

Isak Nightengale, U16,Loppet Nordic Racing

Mark Ousdigian, U20, Michigan Tech University

Charlie Reinhart, U20, Loppet Nordic Racing

Drew Sampson, U16, NordicWers Skiklubb

Gus Schatzlein, U20, College of St. Scholastica

Anders Sonnesyn, U20, University of New Hampshire (qualified through U.S. Championships)

Victor Sparks, U16, Loppet Nordic Racing

James Schneider, U18, Loppet Nordic Racing

Henry Snider, U18, Endurance United

Owen Williams, U16, Iola Winter Sports Club/CXC Junior Development Program

 

Midwest Division – Women

Emma Albrecht, U18, Loppet Nordic Racing

Celeste Alden, U18, Minneapolis Ski Club

Luci Anderson, U20, Loppet Nordic Racing (qualified through U.S. Championships)

Mae Barnes, U20, Loppet Nordic Racing

Hannah Bettendorf, U20, College of St. Scholastica

Cece Boyle, U20, College of St. Scholatica

Charlie Brown, U18, Endurance United

Mia Case, U16, Lakeland Nordic Ski Team/CXC Junior Development Program

Regan Duffy, U20, The Ski Farm

Kaelin Jackson, U18, Loppet Nordic Racing

Gretchen Haggenmiller, U18, Duluth XC/CXC Junior Development Program

Sudie Hall, U16, Loppet Nordic Racing

Amelea Hauer, U18, The Ski Farm

Alice House, U18, Blackhawk/CXC Junior Development Program

Lauren Lackman, U18, Wausau Nordic United

Lauren McCollor, U16, Wayzata Nordic Ski Club

Mara McCollor, U20, Minneapolis Ski Club (qualified through Junior Worlds Team)

Molly Moening, U16, Minneapolis Ski Club

Lauren Munger, U16, Loppet Nordic Racing

Liv Myers, U16, Minneapolis Ski Club

Sarah Olson, U18, Loppet Nordic Racing

Jordan Parent, U16, NordicWerks SkiKlubb

Izzy Quam, U16, Endurance United

Leah Rudd, U18, Loppet Nordic Racing

Olivia Schwintek, U20, The Ski Farm

Isabel Seay, U18, Peak Nordic

Anni Skillicorn, U18, Loppet Nordic Racing

Libby Tuttle, U18, Loppet Nordic Racing

Linnea Urban, U16, Minneapolis Ski Club

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