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US Junior National Championships, Minneapolis, Minnesota: March 6-12, 2022
- Lucas Wilmot & Lena Poduska were both top 10 in all 3 individual races
- Kate Brigham placed 2nd in the classic sprint
- Elijah Weenig, JHSC alum, was in the top 10 for every race and really helped the relay podium
- 10 of the 14 JHSC athletes who qualified for JNs scored points (placed in the top 30)
- JHSC is the 5th-RANKED CLUB IN THE UNITED STATES!
JHSC Press Release on the event:
Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club (JHSC) Nordic student-athletes competed at the 2022 Junior National Cross-Country Ski Championships in Minneapolis, MN from March 7-12, 2022. JHSC sent a club-record 14 student-athletes to compete in four races: a Freestyle Individual Start distance, a Classic Sprint, a Classic Mass Start, and a Freestyle Mixed Relay.
Memorable performances include U16 student-athletes Lena Poduska and Lucas Wilmot, who both skied to three top-10 finished in the individual events and a top-10 finish in the relay. U18 student-athlete, Kate Brigham earned a 2nd place finish in the Classic Sprint and 10th in the Classic Mass Start. JHSC Alum and University of Denver student-athlete Elijah Weenig had three consecutive top-10 finishes, including 4th in the Freestyle Individual Start, while also pacing his team to 3rd in the Freestyle Mixed Relay.
In addition to these outstanding performances, six other JHSC student-athletes placed in the top 30 over the course of the week and therefore scored points for the club standings. Altogether the results of all 14 student-athletes propelled JHSC to 5th place in the Junior National Cross-Country Ski Championships Club standings.
"We are extremely proud of all the JHSC Nordic student-athletes who competed in Junior Nationals this week. These performances are the culmination of countless hours of training and preparation over many years," says Nordic Program Director and Head Coach, Will Wicherski. "Being one of the top five Nordic club programs in the country is a fantastic achievement and is proof of the growth and progress JHSC has made from top to bottom. These great performances by JHSC student-athletes were made possible by the support of teammates, coaches, Club staff, volunteers, and the entire Jackson Hole community."
As Program Director Will Wicherski reported to his team following the event, "We are one of the top clubs in the country right now, and every one of you contributes to that success every single time you show up to practice or throw a bib on. Congratulations!"
Here's what Libby Hall, JHSC Teewinot Head Coach (and JHSC parent!) had to say about Junior Nationals to her Teewinots this week:
"I've just returned home from an exciting week at 2022 Junior Nationals, hosted by the Loppet Foundation in Minneapolis where over 400 athletes from Alaska to New England poured full hearts and every energy into some outstanding racing. Our very own JHSC athletes finished the week of races with an impressive 5th place ranking across all national clubs, and the Intermountain Division ranked 3rd in the country. To watch our best young Nordic athletes cheer their fellow competitors with gusto, stripe their faces with glitter, and wave their divisional flags across the finish lines was admirable and inspiring. We are building the foundation of love of sport, fun and dedication with every level of programming, including our awesome Teewinot Team."
See full event results HERE