Doherty anchors U.S. relay team to 12th

RUHPOLDING, Germany — The fifth BMW IBU World Cup of the season got underway Wednesday in Ruhpolding with the men's 4x7.5-kilometer relay highlighting the first day of the five-day event. The U.S. team of Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.), Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway) placed 12th in the 25-team field, finishing two minutes, 4.6 seconds back with one penalty and seven spares.

The Norwegian quartet of Ole Einar Bjoerdalen, Vetle Sjastad Christiansen, Henrik L'Abee-lund and Emil Hegle Svendsen won the men's relay with five spare rounds in 1:13:40 for their third consecutive relay victory in Ruhpolding.

Russia finished second with two spares, 5.1 seconds back, while the home team, Germany, grabbed the final spot on the podium, with one penalty and nine spares, 17.9 seconds behind.

The final leg was a neck-and-neck battle between the North American teams. Doherty needed one extra shot in both prone and standing and was just nipped by 0.2 seconds at the finish line by the Canadian team for 11th place.

"I am very happy with the race today," Doherty said. "It is a big step in the right direction. I am excited to be getting into race shape and looking forward to the sprint."

"With Sean and I just now getting the first races under our belts, I think we can expect more from the next relay,” said Nordgren.

Competition at the BMW IBU World Cup 5 continues Thursday with the women's 4x6K relay featuring the American team of Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Joanne Reid (Boulder, Colo.) and Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.). Live streaming coverage begins at 8:30 a.m. EST on eurovisionsports.tv/ibu/.

 

Eastman opens his racing season in style in Vermont

CRAFTSBURY, Vt. — Colby College Nordic skier Silas Eastman (Chatham and Fryeburg Academy) finished in fourth place overall at the two-day New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) Eastern Cup pursuit event at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center on Saturday and Sunday.

Eastman finished on the podium in third and was the top collegiate skier after Saturday's opening day 10K classic interval start out of 175 skiers. He finished in 31:12.5.

Benjamin Lustgarten of Craftsbury Green Racing Project was first in 29:45, and Patrick Caldwell of SMS Elite Team was runner-up in 29:52.5.

In Sunday's 10K skate race, starting in the position he finished the day before, Eastman placed fourth overall (out of 164 skiers) while losing just one place from Saturday. He finished the 10K in 25:19.9.

Caldwell won the race in 23:16.4, with Lustgarten grabbing second in 24:09.4.

Colby will begin the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season Jan. 20-21 in the St. Lawrence Carnival.

Eastman is a studio art major. He is part of the Colby Leadership Academy and competes in cross-country running and Nordic skiing for the Mules.

Last winter in cross-country skiing, Eastman was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team, Maine First Team All-State, and to the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team. Eastman had a strong finish to his season, finishing 12th in the 10K race and 18th in the 20K race at the Eastern Championships. He had a best finish of 13th in the Vermont Carnival 10K, 19th in the Dartmouth Carnival 20K, and 22nd at the Williams Carnival.

In cross-country running in 2015, Eastman won the Maine State title, earned All-NESCAC honors for placing 10th at the league meet, took 11th at the New England Division III meet, and 128th at the NCAA event. He opened the season by finishing third in the Bates junior/senior race and was 24th at the Lehigh Invitational. Silas was on the NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team.

 

Guinard off to a great start down under

By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — Sean Guinard struck out six and and scattered three hits over six shutout innings on Saturday to lead the Canberra Cavalry to a 7-0 victory over the Perth Heat in the Australian Baseball League.

Guinard, who grew up in North Conway and was a three-sport standout at Kennett High School (a 2006 graduate, improved to 2-1 on the season with the win in the seven-inning game.

It's the second straight dominating performance against Perth by Guinard. On Dec. 18, he tossed a complete-game shutout in Canberra, allowing five runs over seven innings while striking out three and walking two.

"From the first pitch, Perth struggled to make any impression on the pitching of Guinard, who continued his fine form on the mound this season, pitching 7 innings without conceding a run," the Cavalry Facebook page stated.

Now age 30, Guinard is off to a strong start on the mound for the Cavalry. He's made six starts for the club this season, posting an earned run average of 2.63, putting him third among the league leaders.

The right-hander is 2-1, and had pitched 27 and a third innings while allowing 24 hits, walking 16 (he walked just four on Saturday) and striking out 15.

Opponents are hitting just .247 off the former KHS athlete.

This is Guinard's second stint with Canberra, having played briefly with the team during the 2012-13 season.

Canberra is 13-11 on the season and currently resides in second place (behind the Melbourne Aces, 18-6) in the six-team league.

Perth its at the bottom of standings at 8-16.

Guinard's next project start is likely to come this weekend at Adeline (12-12).

Guinard and Taryn, his wife, live in Canaberra with their son, Hudson.

You can follow Guinard and the Cavalry on the team website: canaberracavalry.com.au or on Facebook at Canaberra Cavalry.

 

Sares is on a record-setting roll

CONWAY — North Conway resident Ted Sares won in his age class at the Hayward Memorial event in Fairhaven, Vt., on Sept. 10. In so doing; he broke his own national (EPF) squat record despite lifting through the pain of nagging wrist injuries.

Ted the Bull, as he is known in both the boxing and powerlifting worlds, also was selected as the featured lifter in the Elite Powerlifting Federation Quarterly bulletin, where it was pointed out that the he currently holds all EP records for N.H., Vt., and R.I. in the Grand Master Class (75-79), and also the strict curling record for Mass.

On Oct. 29, Ted traveled to Heavy Metal Gym in Gilford to compete in the aptly named "Beasts of the East" Tournament, and kept his winning streak alive by capturing the Grand Master first place medal, again breaking his own tri-state record in the squat.

Ted described this meet as being, "a particularly rousing blood and guts affair." He said it included a large and engaged crowd, fierce competition, huge lifts, scary falls, some injuries, plenty of courage, tenacity and tremendous all-around camaraderie.

Topping the action was an incredible 950-pound squat by Moultonborough's Josh Cahoon and a 700-pound deadlift by Mark Smart. Gilford's Jeremy Cardinal added a remarkable 525-pound bench press— remarkable because he had suffered an injury to his left hand in a previous attempt.

Regarding the falls and injuries, the 79-year-old Ted pointed to the words of playwright Edward Albee: "If you have no wounds, how can you know when you're alive?"

Unless something more compelling emerges sooner, Team Sares-Williams plan to enter the EPF Nationals in Johnson, R.I. early next year and have their sights set on winning a fourth consecutive championship.