Racing in cold temperatures of 3 to 9 degrees, with wind chills to 17 below, Lydia Youkey led cross country skiers from Leavenworth Winter Sports Club at the first race day of Junior Nationals on Monday in Stowe, Vt.
Lydia posted an eighth-place finish for the U16 girls in a 5-kilometer classic race with a time of 16:50 minutes. Ivy Spiegel Ostrom placed 42nd in 18:34 and Kieran Ringel placed 59th in 20:06 for the U16 girls. For the U16 boys, Moses Lurber placed 59th in 17:13. For the U18 girls, Julia Burnham placed 64th in 18:45. And for the U18 boys, racing 10 km, Nathan Wells placed 40th in 31:17. The older boys raced first, and struggled with freezing eyelids early in the day.