The Methow Nordic Team sent a contingent of U14 and U12 skiers to the IYC Western Youth Championships in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, last weekend and came away with impressive results.
Eighteen teams from across the West, including California, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, Utah, Montana and Colorado, competed over two days.
Participating from the Methow Valley were Marit Nelson and Josie Bollinger in U14 girls, Ben Kaufman, Aidan Sands, Emmet Bondi and Caleb Hawkins in U14 boys, and Maren Sands in U12 girls.
A group of skiers from Plain Valley also attended and both teams collaborated on kick wax prep under the leadership of Plain coach Pierre Niess and Methow Valley parent/coaches Colin Sands and Andrew Nelson.
• Saturday, U14 Boys 3K Classic Interval Start (51 finishers): Ben Kaufman 5th; Aidan Sands 10th; Caleb Hawkins 25th; Emmett Bondi 26th
• Saturday, U14 Girls 3K Classic Interval Start (60 finishers): Marit Nelson, 9th; Josie Bollinger 20th
• Saturday, U12 2K Classic Interval Start (29 finishers): Maren Sands 8th
• Sunday, U14 Boys 3K Skate Interval Start (50 finishers): Ben Kaufman 2nd; Aidan Sands 11th; Caleb Hawkins 12th; Emmett Bondi 20th
• Sunday, U14 Girls 3K Skate Interval Start (58 finishers): Marit Nelson 3rd; Josie Bollinger 31st
• Sunday, U12 2K Skate Interval Start (28 finishers): Maren Sands 21st