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Cook wins national title

March 21, 2011
By the Enterprise staff

Saranac Lake's Annelies Cook took first place in the 10-kilometer pursuit race in the U.S. Biathlon National Champsionships Saturday at Mount Itasca in Coleraine, Minn.

The 10k pursuit came down to a battle on the skis, as Cook, Tracy Barnes and Lanny Barnes all shot clean for both prone stages.

Cook picked up three penalties in standing, while the Barnes twins of Durango, Colo. picked up two penalties apiece. Cook was able to ski fast enough to take the victory, with Tracy Barnes and Lanny Barnes finishing second and third, respectively.

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Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake poses for a picture following the Lake Placid Loppet on Feb. 5.
(Enterprise file photo — Mike Lynch)

Johnson has strong race

OSLO, Norway - Olympian Haley Johnson of Lake Placid raced to a top-25 finish in Saturday's women's pursuit World Cup race, placing 21st in 36:20.4.

Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia won the race with a time of 33:42.5, with three penalties. Johnson collected 39 World Cup points for her effort.

With solid results in the first three laps of the race, Johnson was in 14th after her first shooting stage.

Despite three misses during her last trip to the shooting range, Johnson was relaxed and positive about the race.

"This was a pretty normal standing shooting for me. Normally, I have three penalties, so I have no problems with the two misses," Johnson said. "I did the best I could and it was a great experience."

Johnson came back Sunday to place 27th in the mass start.

Burke takes 22nd

OSLO, Norway - Two-time Olympian Tim Burke of Paul Smiths finished 22nd in the men's pursuit World Cup race Saturday, posting a time of 34.37.6, with four penalties.

"It was a bit faster on the track today, but I'm just tired. Of course that's the same for everyone, so that's okay," Burke said. "The shooting was again on my season's standard. Not good, but also not too bad."

Burke finished 1:38.4 behind winner Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway, who clocked a 32:59.2 with three penalties, just 0.6 seconds ahead of Tarjei Bo of Norway at 32.59.8 and one penalty.



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