Locals ski, shoot for Chuck Lyda to win biathlon

CSA “Biathamom” Training Center Jen Lang-Ree, right, took first place in her age group in the annual Chuck Lyda Memorial Biathlon sprint race.
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The annual Chuck Lyda Memorial Biathlon was held over the holiday weekend at the CSA Training Center, and for two days of competition, no runner could match young Ryden Burke.

The sixth-grader outpaced the field during the two days of the season-opening races to earn sprint and pursuit victories at the ASC Training Center, which recently renamed itself Auburn Ski Club.

Burke missed a shot during the sprint to win with a time of 14 minutes, 42.1 seconds. He then won Monday’s chase, again missing a shot to finish with a time of 26:14.3.

His local compatriot, Elias Boger was a finalist on both days in the U15 category. Boger posted a time of 15:09.6 on Sunday, then fell to the finish of Monday’s race with a time of 27:14.9.

Another local, Logan Selander, finished first in the 17-18 youth division, winning the sprint and pursuit races. Ted Hulbert was the masters age group winner on both days. On the men’s side, Tim Cunningham was the top finisher in Sunday’s sprint.

On the women’s side, Megan Lemoine finished first in the U17 division in the sprint and pursuit. She finished Sunday’s race with a time of 18:28.3, and followed that performance with a win in the age group pursuit, crossing the finish line in a time of 32:16.6.

Sarah Beaulieu was the best of the two days in the 21-30 division. She finished the sprint race with a time of 20:19.5, missing a target, then finished first overall in the pursuit with a time of 27:43.6.

In the masters division, CSA’s Jen Lang-Ree took first place in the sprint, while Christine Kan was the best in the masters pursuit race.

Justin Scacco is a staff writer at the Sierra Sun. He can be reached at [email protected]

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