NYSEF Nordic athletes are excited to have the 2017 USSA XC Junior National Championships in Lake Placid this March! This is the premier junior event each winter and will feature over 350 of the fastest athletes ages 14-19 in the nation. Junior Nationals rotates between the 10 divisions and makes a stop in Lake Placid roughly every 15 years. ORDA is working hard to make this a truly special event that athletes, coaches, parents and fans will remember for years to come.
Leading the team are USSA All-American skiers Henry McGrew, Everett Sapp, Scott Schulz and Bryce Hartman (UNH) who have each posted top 10 finishes at Junior Nationals. NYSEF athletes racing with previous JN experience include Eric Houck, Royal McDonnell, Ethan Wood, Lauchie Cheney-Seymour and Jackie Garso (SLU). Young, strong and energetic, NYSEF U16 athletes that qualified for their first Mid-Atlantic Junior National Team include James Flanigan, Kai Frantz, Jesse Izzo, Joseph Wilson, Colton Martin and Sylvie Linck. The team might see alumni athletes Karl Schulz (UVM) and Lucy Hochschartner (SLU) participate in the championship week after their college season is finished.
As a club, NYSEF finished 13th in 2015 and 10th in 2016 out of 60+ clubs. Both the boys and girls team will be looking for a top 8 club finish in 2017.
Race formats are: 5/10 km freestyle race (individual start), 1.3/1.5 km classic sprint with heats, 5/10/15 km classic race (mass start) and 3 x 3 km freestyle relay.
Local athletes are training hard and smart – mark your calendar and get ready to watch our athletes on their home course at Mt. Van Hoevenberg from March 3-11! #roadtoLP