Moses Lurbur, Kieran Ringel, and Hadassah Lurbur of the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club were named to the Junior National Team representing the Pacific Northwest last week after races at beautiful Mt. Spokane.
On a snowy morning while skiing on magnificently groomed trails, Moses Lurber placed third in Saturday’s classic 10 kilometer mass start race. Motivated by the two competitors ahead of him the previous day, Moses put the hammer down during Sunday’s 10 kilometer individual start skate race and came out on top of the field, with a winning time of 35:08, 28 seconds ahead of second place. Ringel did not race the weekend previous, but had amassed enough points from strong finishes at earlier qualifier races in Bend, Ore. Tahoe, Nev. and Winthrop to make the team.
Hadassah Lurbur had also earned enough points prior to last weekend as one of the top qualifiers from the Northwest, and headed north instead to the B.C. Championships in Kamloops, British Columbia. There she raced to third place finish on Saturday against a strong Canadian field, then teamed up with Novie McCabe and Gretta Scholz of Winthrop on Sunday to win the 3 x 3.3 kilometer relay, denying the Canadians the top spot on the podium.
Also from Leavenworth and now training in Bend, Ore., Lydia Youkey qualified for her fifth Junior Nationals at Mt. Spokane after posting a 40:05 time in the 10 kilometer classic race, while gaping the field by over three minutes. These four athletes will travel to Lake Placid, N.Y., site of the 1932 and 1980 Olympiad, to compete in four races against skiers from across the country March 6 – 11.
Eight skiers competed for LWSC at Mt. Spokane with 3 more reaching the podium: Cadel Valazquez in the U12 age group finished with two second places, and Rory and Greer Swoboda, in the U14 age group, each took home a third place finish. Derek Richardson finished just off the podium in the U14 group, with a fourth and a fifth place finish, while Gabe Velazquez skied to sixth and eighth place finishes. Stella Johnson placed seventh both days for U16s, while Stephen Tveten came in 11th on Saturday.
Silas D’Arte, skiing for the newly established Plain Valley Nordic Team, won the 1 kilometer U10 classic race, and placed second in the skate race the following day.
Julia Burnham, a Cashmere native and LWSC alumnus now going to college at Montana State and skiing for the Bridger Ski Foundation, won the 10 kilometer classic U20 division.
Nathan Wells, another LWSC alumnus from Leavenworth, has had a stand-out season, winning several qualifying races in the Intermountain Division and was recently named to the Junior National squad while skiing for the Bridger Ski Foundation and preparing for college at MSU.