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Armstrong earns spot on U.S. Junior team

January 2, 2017
By staff , Lake Placid News

Lake Placid native Nina Armstrong earned a spot on the United States Junior Biathlon World Championship team last week with her performance at the team trials in Jericho, Vermont.

Armstrong, a sophomore at Harvard College, was among the more than 40 athletes competing at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in the event hosted by the Ethan Allen Biathlon Club. The athletes had to contend with stormy conditions on day two of the series as a Noreaster brushed by the region with strong winds and snow on Thursday, according to a U.S. Biathlon press release.

Armstrong was the top Junior Women's finisher in Thursday's pursuit event and Friday's sprint and was the second-best Junior in Wednesday's sprint. She finished the pursuit in 42 minutes 26 seconds and clocked a time of 22:38.2 in Friday's sprint.

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Nina Armstrong (13) leads the way at the start of the 2015 NYSPHSAA nordic championship meet at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid. She won the individual state title that year as a senior and helped her team to secure the team title.
(News file photo)

Armstrong will be joined by Siena Ellingson of Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Hannah Streinz of Hersey, Maine on the U.S. Junior team at the Junior Biathlon World Championships Feb. 22-28 at a site to be determined in early January.

Armstrong is a member of the Harvard nordic ski team. She competed in 11 races during the 2015-16 season, earning a 48th-place finish in the 5-kilometer freestyle and a 45th in the 15k classic at last year's NCAA regional meet. She was a three-sport star in high school, competing in cross country running, nordic skiing and track and field.

The following athletes were named to the U.S. Junior and Youth teams:


Youth Women

Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt.//Mountain Top Nordic Ski Club)

Amanda Kautzer (Plymouth, Minn./Loppet Nordic Racing/Michigan)

Lexie Madigan* (Truckee, Calif./Auburn Ski Club)

Grace Gilliland (Eagle River, Alaska/Alaska Biathlon)

Helen Wilson** (Eagle River, Alaska/Anchorage Biathlon Club)

*Lexie Madigan is below the age described in the IBU Rules and is awaiting confirmation for her participation.

**Helen Wilson is named as First Alternate to the team in the event that any member is not able to participate.

Youth Men

Vasek Cervenka (Grand Rapids, Minn./Mt. Itasca)

Jake Pearson (Casper, Wyo./Casper Mountain Biathlon Club)

Alex Kilby (Anchorage, Alaska/Alaska Winter Stars)

Eli Nielsen (Stehekin, Wash./Methow Valley Biathlon)

Junior Women

Siena Ellingson (Minnetonka, Minn./Loppet Nordic Racing)

Hannah Streinz (Hersey, Maine/Outdoor Sports Institute)

Nina Armstrong (Lake Placid/Harvard College)

Junior Men

Cameron Christiansen (Pequot Lake, Minn./NNW)

Travis Cooper (Kenai, Alaska/National Guard Biathlon)

Cody Johnson (Fort Kent, Maine/Outdoor Sports Institute)

Peter Carroll (Truckee, Calif./Auburn Ski Club Biathlon Team)


The International Competition Committee also named the athletes for the IBU Junior Cup and the IBU Junior European Championships. The events will be held January 26-29 in Pokljuka, Slovenia, and February 1-5 in Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic, respectively.


Siena Ellingson, Chloe Levins, Amanda Kautzer


Vasek Cervenka, Cameron Christiansen, Travis Cooper, Cody Johnson



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