Hailey Swirbul 11th, 6th in opening races of cross-country ski champs
The 2019 L.L. Bean U.S. Cross-Country Ski Championships got underway Thursday at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Vermont.
In the women’s 10-kilometer classic individual start, Basalt’s Hailey Swirbul finished 11th overall with a time of 32 minutes, 26.9 seconds. Swirbul is in her first season on the U.S. Ski Team and is expected to make her first World Cup start in a couple of weeks in Germany.
Swirbul is the younger sister of professional cyclist Keegan Swirbul. She also competes as part of the Alaska Pacific University ski team.
Caitlin Patterson of the Craftsbury Green Racing Project won the women’s 10k in 30:44.7. The men’s 15k classic race was won by Kyle Bratrud of Minnesota.
On Friday, Swirbul finished sixth in the women’s classic sprint during the second day of the 2019 U.S. Cross-country Ski Championships.
The U.S. Ski Team member finished the A final with a time of 3 minutes, 54.62 seconds. American teammate Ida Sargent won the race in 3:43.55. It was her first national title.
Julien Locke, a member of the Canadian national ski team, won the men’s race.
The U.S. national championships conclude Jan. 8.
The Basalt High School football team only needed one half to put away visiting Grand Valley on Friday night, winning 42-6 in the league opener on a wet BHS field. It was also homecoming for the Longhorns.