First of all, Brandon Brewster did what he set out to do today, qualifying himself for the US Junior National Championships at the Besh Cup #5 qualifier race in Fairbanks with a 3rd place finish in the junior category. I don't want to overstep my authority by putting ratings on all of Brandon's races this winter, but it seems pretty clear to me that this was his best race of the year so far. I think he's been steadily improving all winter. His season's goal is a good showing during the second week of March at Junior Nationals in Fairbanks. That's just five weeks away. If Brandon can stay on the train he's on, he may have even more and better races in his bag of tricks. Etienne finished about ten seconds behind Brandon in today's interval-start 10k skate race, and John Glen was a little farther down the result list. Results are here: https://www.snowio.com/ccak/index.php?io_view=event.results&event_id=902 The boys race again tomorrow in a mass-start classic race.
|Brandon Brewster likes uphills. He likes them a LOT!|
|Here's Marine putting the hurt on Rose Kemp (Utah) who toughed it out and hung on to Marine all the way to the finish for third place today.|
|Ever wonder how Lukas got to be so fast? Here's how: hard work, and lots of it.|
Next on the agenda: The team piles into the van and leaves New Mexico early tomorrow morning for a 3-day mini-camp at Coach Andrew's boyhood home of Crested Butte, Colorado, where there's plenty of snow on the ground and plenty of sun in the forecast. They'll stay there until Tuesday before continueing on to Utah for the final two races of this trip, next Friday and Saturday.