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Jun 23 Saratoga Summer Biathlon Results

June 23, 2008, midnight (ET)

The women’s competition was a dual between veteran biathlete Deb Nordyke of New York and recent Kent State University graduate Stephanie Blackstone of Pennsylvania. In Saturday’s sprint race, Nordyke shot 70% on the range, while, Blackstone shot just 20%. However, Blackstone used a strong run to prevail by 30 seconds in the 4.3km race. In Sunday’s 4.8km mass start, Blackstone improved her shooting to 40%, while Nordyke shot an uncharacteristic 50%. With continued strong running, Blackstone prevailed for a second time. Both women could be contenders to qualify for the IBU World Championships at next month’s trials.

The men’s field was led by Pennsylvania’s Doug Hoover on both days, as he shot 90% in the 4.3km sprint and 70% in the 7.2km mass start. In the sprint, second and third place went to Eli Walker and Gary Brackett, respectively. In the mass start, Joseph Iwan and Zbysek Skrabal were second and third, respectively. Brackett, Iwan, and Skrabal are all expected to compete in the National Championship next month.

Complete results of the weekend’s races are copied below:

SUMMER BIATHLON AT SARATOGA BIATHLON CLUB
Day, New York Saturday, June 21, 2008

WOMEN'S SPRINT - 4.3k with 70m penalty loops - 50m targets
Place Athlete State Class P S Time % Back
1 Blackstone, Stephanie PA Senior 4 4 0:22:44 115.91%
2 Nordyke, Deb NY Master 3 0 0:23:14 114.06%
3 Bielli, Cheryl Novice 5 5 0:35:08 70.04%

MEN'S SPRINT - 4.3k with 70m penalty loops - 50m targets
Place Athlete State Class P S Time % Back
1 Hoover, Douglas PA Senior 0 1 0:18:33 111.50%
2 Walker, Eli Senior 1 0 0:22:02 94.88%
3 Brackett, Gary Master 2 2 0:22:18 93.61%
4 Courbois, Bryce Novice 3 1 0:22:41 91.78%
5 Connor, Jack Master 2 1 0:24:48 81.69%
6 Ross, Jerry Master 2 2 0:25:16 79.46%
7 Bielli, Thomas Master 5 2 0:29:27 59.50%
8 Tran, Tin NY Senior 2 2 0:31:01 52.03%
9 Connor, Brendon Novice 4 3 0:32:06 46.86%
10 Sherer, Robert OH Senior 4 3 0:37:18 22.05%
11 Schreiner, Curt * NY Master 4 2 0:45:44 -18.18%
12 Steg, Nikolas Novice 4 4 0:48:11 -29.87%
* 4 minute penalty for two missed penalty loops.

SUMMER BIATHLON AT SARATOGA BIATHLON CLUB
Day, New York Sunday, June 22, 2008

WOMEN'S MASS START - 4.8k with 70m penalty loops - 50m targets
Place Athlete State Class P P S S Time % Back
1 Blackstone, Stephanie PA Senior 3 3 2 4 0:33:09 104.72%
2 Nordyke, Deb NY Master 2 3 3 2 0:36:26 95.28%

MEN'S MASS START - 7.2k with 70m penalty loops - 50m targets
Place Athlete State Class P P S S Time % Back
1 Hoover, Douglas PA Senior 0 1 3 2 0:34:37 110.74%
2 Iwan, Joseph NJ Master 2 1 3 4 0:39:47 97.42%
3 Skrabal, Zbysek NY Master 0 2 2 0 0:41:57 91.83%
4 Moffett, Tom NY Senior 0 2 3 5 0:46:09 81.01%
5 Connor, Jack Master 4 2 3 2 0:47:53 76.54%
6 Tran, Tin NY Senior 3 2 3 2 0:49:27 72.50%
7 Sherer, Robert Senior 2 3 3 2 1:01:32 41.34%

The USBA Summer Biathlon National Championships and World Championship Team Trials are just four weeks away. The Pennsylvania Biathlon Club will host the event at the Whitetail Preserve in Luzerne County, July 18-20. Entry forms must be postmarked July 3. So, if you intend to compete, you should get your entry form in the mail as soon as possible. You can download the entry information at the Pennsylvania Biathlon Club website (www.pabiathlon.org<;http://www.pabiathlon.org/>) or the United States Biathlon Association website (biathlon.usoc.org).

Below I have copied the remainder of the 2008 summer biathlon schedule, which continues this weekend in Tukwila, Washington:

2008 SUMMER BIATHLON SCHEDULE

6/26, Tukwila, WA
Jay Bender
jay@jaybender.com<mailto:jay@jaybender.com>
www.wabiathlon.org<;http://www.wabiathlon.org/>

7/5, Harvard, MA
Fred Beihold
508-655-5902
muskellunge2@yahoo.com<mailto:muskellunge2@yahoo.com>

7/12, West Yellowstone, MT
Sara Hoovler
406-599-4465
info@rendezvousskitrails.com<mailto:info@rendezvousskitrails.com>
http://rendezvousskitrails.com/biath.html

7/13, Bozeman, MT
Clarissa Werre
406-924-2284
cwerre@belgrade.k12.mt.us<mailto:cwerre@belgrade.k12.mt.us>;

7/13, Western New York Summer Biathlon at Rush, NY
Bill Lilly
585-223-9513
wlilly@rochester.rr.com<mailto:wlilly@rochester.rr.com>;
http://www.westernnybiathlon.com<http://www.westernnybiathlon.com/>;

7/17 to 7/20, USBA National Championships & IBU World Championship Trials
Whitetail Preserve, Black Creek Township, Luzerne County, PA
Douglas Hoover
814-832-2857
hooverd@juniata.edu<mailto:hooverd@juniata.edu>;
www.pabiathlon.org<http://www.pabiathlon.org/>;

7/19, Holderness, NH
Fred Allen
603-968-9944
mail@pemi.org<mailto:mail@pemi.org>;
http://pemi.org/biathlon.html

7/26, Tukwila, WA
Jay Bender
jay@jaybender.com<mailto:jay@jaybender.com>;
www.wabiathlon.org<http://www.wabiathlon.org/>;

8/2, Harvard, MA
Fred Beihold
508-655-5902
muskellunge2@yahoo.com<mailto:muskellunge2@yahoo.com>;

8/9, Oil City, PA
John Sims
814-354-2802
pjam@venustel.com<mailto:pjam@venustel.com>;

8/16, Saratoga, NY - Cross Country Race and Biathlon Clinic
Tom Moffett
518-643-8477
saratogabiathlon@charter.net<mailto:saratogabiathlon@charter.net>;
http://www.saratogabiathlon.20m.com/index.html

8/16, Tukwila, WA
Jay Bender
jay@jaybender.com<mailto:jay@jaybender.com>;
www.wabiathlon.org<http://www.wabiathlon.org/>;

8/16, Holderness, NH
Fred Allen
603-968-9944
mail@pemi.org<mailto:mail@pemi.org>;
http://pemi.org/biathlon.html

8/17, Vernon, NJ
Chris Rogers
908-722-9327
chrispr3@verizon.net<mailto:chrispr3@verizon.net>;
www.njbiathlon.org<http://www.njbiathlon.org/>;

8/24, Saratoga, NY
Tom Moffett
518-643-8477
saratogabiathlon@charter.net<mailto:saratogabiathlon@charter.net>;
http://www.saratogabiathlon.20m.com/index.html

9/4 to 9/7, North American Summer Biathlon Championships
Chris Lindsay
613-748-5608 x4
clindsay@biathloncanada.ca<mailto:clindsay@biathloncanada.ca>;
www.biathloncanada.ca<http://www.biathloncanada.ca/>;

9/20 to 9/21, Tri-State Championships at Oxford, NJ
Chris Rogers
908-722-9327
chrispr3@verizon.net<mailto:chrispr3@verizon.net>;
www.njbiathlon.org<http://www.njbiathlon.org/>;

9/22 to 9/28, IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships
Haute-Maurienne Vanoise, France
http://www.biathlon-hautemaurienne.com/

9/27, Yakima, WA
Jay Bender
jay@jaybender.com<mailto:jay@jaybender.com>;
www.wabiathlon.org<http://www.wabiathlon.org>;

Submitted by:
Douglas E. Hoover
E-Mail: hooverd@juniata.edu<mailto:hooverd@juniata.edu>;

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