Eight biathletes representing Methow Valley Biathlon traveled to Silver Star, B.C., over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend for the B.C. Biathlon Season opener at Sovereign Lake Nordic Club, where they made impressive showings in competition against seven Canadian teams.
Dylan Sands (age 8) and Sisu Clark (11) of Mazama made their biathlon race debuts, and each posted strong races taking silver medals in both the Novice and U13 divisions.
Aidan Sands (13) of Mazama raced up a division with the Senior Boys (15- to 16-year-olds) and earned the top shooter award for all divisions, took the gold on the Hill Climb Challenge, and captured the Senior Boys Division gold medal with a commanding 6-minute lead at the finish over the second-place finisher.
Thorsen Yahrees (10) and Scott Waichler (masters), both of Winthrop, took gold in the Novice and Masters divisions with solid performances. The Junior Girls (13- to 14-year-olds) race featured the largest field. Mazama’s Maren Sands (11), racing up a division, and Josie Bollinger (13), also of Mazama, had a great race that featured a tight finish with Bollinger edging out Sands by .02 seconds, taking 9th and 10th place respectively. Erin Martin did not finish in the Para race.
Aidan, Maren and Dylan Sands along with Josie Bollinger will be competing on Saturday (Dec. 11) in West Yellowstone, Montana, in the WYSEF/Altius firearms Biathlon Race.