Liberty Bell High School junior Novie McCabe, a member of the Methow Valley Nordic Team (MVNT), competed at the World Junior Championships in Lahti, Finland, last week in a 15-kilometer classic mass start and a team relay.
MVNT director Leslie Hall said McCabe had a poor starting position at the back of the pack in the classic race, but worked her way up through the field.
“By 9K she was with a pack of eight girls all trading leads in positions six through 13,” Hall reported. “She stayed with this group, skied strongly throughout and ended up 10th on the day, which is fantastic.”
“Novie said she felt good and had fun and had excellent skis,” Hall added. “Her teammate, Kendall Kramer, was fourth so it was a strong day for the U.S. women and got them excited and set to have a good relay on Saturday.”
McCabe was set to ski the anchor leg of the relay, which has four team members each skating 3.3K, with the first two skiers classic skiing and the last two skating. When McCabe got the final hand-off, the U.S. team was in third, with Norway well in front, Hall reported. The Russian team’s anchor was a couple of seconds ahead of McCabe, and Poland and Sweden were close behind.
“Novie skied her heart out and was able to leave Poland behind, but the Swedish skier was a bit stronger at the end and Sweden took the bronze medal with the U.S. ladies in fourth,” Hall said.
Hall noted that Methow Valley physical therapist Pete Dickinson was on hand as a team physical therapist for the whole event, keeping the athletes in top form.