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Bauer, Kemppel 
rule at Bozeman

SV skiers do well

John Bauer and Nina Kemppel added some more jewels to their glittering career records by dominating the Chevy Truck U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships last week at Bozeman, Mt.

Bauer, 32, of Minnesota and Kemppel, 31, of Anchorage, Ak. each won three national titles during the weeklong competition at Bohart Ranch and increased their career totals to 11 for Bauer and a record-setting 18 for Kemppel.

Kemppel, heading for her fourth Winter Olympics, and Bauer, making a comeback pitch for his third Winter Games, will lead the U.S. squad to be announced Jan. 21.

Among the national highlights for Sun Valley:

Lars Flora, the national menís freestyle sprint king, added a third-place in menís 30k freestyle, 35th in menís 10k classic and 20th in menís 50k classic; Haileyís Pat Casey was 32nd in 10k classic and 25th menís 10k freestyle pursuit;

Brooke Baughman 11th and Hilary Patzer 36th 15k freestyle; Jess Kiesel 52nd 10k CL; Kaelin Kiesel 53rd 5k CL; Ian Skinner 51st 10k pursuit; Bryce Turzian 35th and Jedd Young 47th 30k freestyle.


Three make Scandinavian Cup

Eighteen Sun Valley Junior Nordic ski teamers were among 71 Intermountain Division X-C racers running classic Wednesday and freestyle Thursday (OJ/J1 boys 10k, girls and J2 boys 5k).

Three, Ashley McQueen, Matt DeCarufel and Mike Sinnott, were chosen for the Scandinavian Cup team meaning theyíre among the best in the U.S. in their classes.

Scandinavian Cup races are Jan. 25-27 in Steinkjer, Norway.

In a battle of speedy 17-year-olds, Sun Valleyís Ashley McQueen finished a close second to Boiseís Sara Studebaker (22 seconds back) in classic and second to Bozemanís Kristina Trygstad-Sari (27 seconds) freestyle.

McQueen showed tons of promise at Bozeman, placing 43-39-61-52 overall among 169 women in free sprint, 15k free, 5k classic and 5k free pursuit.

DeCarufel, 17, placed second (4 seconds back) to 18-year-old Ben Ruffatto of Whitefish in 10-kilometer classic and Sinnott, 16, was third (27 seconds back) behind freestyle winner Ruffatto on Thursday.

Jackson Harris topped a commanding performance for Sun Valley in J2 boys with a 1:04 win in classic and 14-second triumph in freestyle. Chase Cleveland finished third in each race at Bohart Ranch.

Sun Valley placings:

OJ/J1 girls
Ashley McQueen 2-CL, 2-FR; Alissa Praggastis 4-CL, 7-FR; Eva Bach 5-CL, 8-FR; Mollie Parker 8-CL, 10-FR.

J2 girls
Erin McQueen 8-CL, 4-FR; Lexie Praggastis 9-CL, 8-FR.

OJ/J1 boys
Matt DeCarufel 2-CL, 5-FR; Mike Sinnott 5-CL, 3-FR; Robert Slough 8-CL, 7-FR; Brennan Rego 16-CL, 17-FR; Alex Hamlin 18-CL, 15-FR.

J2 boys
Jackson Harris 1-CL, 1-FR; Chase Cleveland 3-CL, 3-FR; Lucas Pletcher 5-CL, 5-FR; Brad Bradford 8-CL, 19-FR; George Livingston 9-CL, 6-FR; David Vanderpool 10-CL, 4-FR; Delamon Rego 14-CL, 13-FR; Dawson Paschall 22-CL, 15-FR.


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