Photos by Steve Mitchell
Ten classes of competitiors with 55 total biathletes, many of them local youth, took part in the Chasing the Sun Biathlon event at Liberty Bell High School on Saturday. Skiers ranging in ability from first-time novice youth and adults, to local rising biathlon star Aidan Sands, skied and shot rifles on the course set on the Sean McCabe Trails complex at the school district campus.
Conditions were excellent, even with a lack of snow depth, on the track and range. “We had to do some shoveling in some spots to cover up and smooth out some clumps of grass,” said new biathlon coach Raleigh Gosseling. “But the volunteers and groomers did a great job. The track was packed, smooth and fast. The skiers really liked it.”
Sands took first place in the male youth category. Female masters winners were Sabine Arnold and Martha Bellisle; male master winners were Brendan Thompson, Victor Shestakov, Scott Waichler and Jim Stefanoff.