Lodi Skiers medal at Wisconsin Biathlon event

by Free Speech on February 8, 2011

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The High School Nordic team traveled to Eagle, Wisconsin on Super Bowl Sunday to compete in the Wisconsin Biathlon Festival and came home with eight age group medals. This is the first time the ski team competed in a biathlon event that requires the racer to skate a difficult hilly course and then shoot at targets with a 22 caliber biathlon rifle. The 4 kilometer skating event featured a 2k sprint followed by five targets at 150 meters. For every missed target, the skier had to ski a 150 meter penalty loop before finishing with a final 2k sprint. Chelsea Buchanan led the team by shooting down 4 targets and then skating to her first gold medal performance. Other silver and bronze medalists for the girls included Paige Nichols, Syd Endres and Rachel Porter. “Turns out that our best shooters are the girls. It’s easy to casually shoot at targets, but extremely difficult when your heart rate is pounding away and you are breathing heavily after sprinting up and down a race course,” comments Coach Dale Fanney.
Although humbled by the girl’s shooting skills, the boys had the speed to garner five medals including gold medals by James Saager and Elliot Statz. Mitchell Endres won the bronze medal in the Jr. boys division. In the Open 7.5K event featuring ten targets, Lodi’s Cory Conway finished third. Lodi coach Mike Conway also finished third in the Open men’s division.
The Nordic teams now spend the week preparing for the Wisconsin High School State Championships in Wausau on Saturday February 12th.
Submitted by Dale Fanney

The High School Nordic team traveled to Eagle, Wisconsin on Super Bowl Sunday to compete in the Wisconsin Biathlon Festival and came home with eight age group medals. This is the first time the ski team competed in a biathlon event that requires the racer to skate a difficult hilly course and then shoot at targets with a 22 caliber biathlon rifle. The 4 kilometer skating event featured a 2k sprint followed by five targets at 150 meters. For every missed target, the skier had to ski a 150 meter penalty loop before finishing with a final 2k sprint. Chelsea Buchanan led the team by shooting down 4 targets and then skating to her first gold medal performance. Other silver and bronze medalists for the girls included Paige Nichols, Syd Endres and Rachel Porter. “Turns out that our best shooters are the girls. It’s easy to casually shoot at targets, but extremely difficult when your heart rate is pounding away and you are breathing heavily after sprinting up and down a race course,” comments Coach Dale Fanney.Although humbled by the girl’s shooting skills, the boys had the speed to garner five medals including gold medals by James Saager and Elliot Statz. Mitchell Endres won the bronze medal in the Jr. boys division. In the Open 7.5K event featuring ten targets, Lodi’s Cory Conway finished third. Lodi coach Mike Conway also finished third in the Open men’s division.The Nordic teams now spend the week preparing for the Wisconsin High School State Championships in Wausau on Saturday February 12th.Submitted by Dale Fanney

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