5 US Championship Events

Athletes from the Bend Endurance Academy Nordic Team participated in all 5 Nordic Championship events in the USA during the 2010-2011 season. The events included:

  • US Cross Country Championships- Rumford, ME
  • NCAA National Championships- Stowe, VT
  • USSA Junior National Championships, Minneapolis, MN
  • USCSA National Championships- Sun Valley, ID
  • USSA Super Tour Finals- Sun Valley, ID

Bend Nordic was also represented at the PNSA Junior Olympic Qualifying races, Oregon High School races and many young skiers participated in their first ski races ever at the local Tour de Meissner.

According to Nordic Program Director Ben Husaby, outstanding results from the season included:

  • Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess finishing 5th at US Nationals in the skate sprint
  • Bend Nordic alum and University of Utah skier Tom Smith qualifying for and placing 23rd at the NCAA Championships
  • Pat Madden’s three 6th place finishes at the Junior National Championships
  • Reitler Hodgert’s top 20 finishes at the Junior National Championships
  • Vivian Hawkinsons’ 2nd place finish in the classic race at the Oregon HS Championships

Husaby notes, “Seeing Dakota [Blackhorse-von Jess] line up for the A-final at US Nationals with 5 Olympians was especially thrilling- the fruition of many hard years of work.”

Blackhorse-von Jess has one more week of racing in Sun Valley, ID at the USSA Super Tour Finals March 29-April 2.

“This wide range of ability and participation in all stages of racing shows that our programs are healthy and the athletes are developing at the right speed along the pipeline.” said Brenna Warburton, a member of the Nordic coaching staff.

Links to 2011 Results