The next cross country races at World Juniors are Thursday - men's 10-km freestyle and women's 5-km.
Feb. 5, 2004
STRYN, Norway -- Overnight rains softened the track Tuesday for the opening day of racing at the nordic World Junior Championships as Utah's Casey Simons skied to a 59th-place finish in the 30-km classical event with a combine time of 1:38:10.1.
Russians won both the men's and women's classical technique mass starts. Top U.S. result came from Lindsey Weier (Mahtomedi, MN; Northern Michigan U./U.S. Development Team), who was 19th in the women's race.
Anatoly Neuchesov of Russia won the men's race in 1:24.32.7 by 11.6 seconds over Swiss Curdin Perl. The top American was Mike Sinnott (Sun Valley, ID; Dartmouth College), who finished 58th. Temperatures were in the mid-30s with the rain continuing through both races.
Earlier, in the women's race, Irina Artemova led from start to finish to win in 46:12.6 with Germany's Antje Dittrich second (46:23.4). Weier's time was 48:56.6.
The next cross country races at World Juniors are Thursday - men's 10-km freestyle and women's 5-km. They'll run freestyle sprints Saturday and conclude the championships Sunday with relays.
FIS WORLD NORDIC JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Stryn, NOR - Feb. 3
Mass-start, classic technique races
Men's 30-km CL
1. Anatoly Neuchesov, Russia, 1:24.32.7
2. Curdin Perl, Switzerland, 1:24.44.3
3. Franz Goering, Germany, 1:25.54.5
4. Alexey Poltaranin, Kazakhstan, 1:26.16.0
5. Steve Ullmann, Germany, 1:26.23.1
58. Mike Sinnott, Sun Valley, Idaho, Dartmouth College, 1:37.16.5
59. Casey Simons, Park City, Utah, University of Utah, 1:38.10.1
61. Bret Bedard, Cheshire, Mass., Stratton Mountain School, 1:39.40.0
68. Tim Damrow, St. Paul, Minn., Saukko Ski Club/University of Colorado, 1:43.58.5