Doherty wins gold at nationals

Center Conway's Sean Doherty Sean Doherty won the gold medal in Saturday's pursuit race at the U.S. Biathlon National Championships at the Ethan Allen Biathlon Club in Jericho, Vt. (COURTESY U.S. BIATHLON)

JERICHO, Vt. — Olympians Sean Doherty (Center Conway) and Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) won gold medals in Saturday's pursuit races at the U.S. Biathlon National Championships at the Ethan Allen Biathlon Club in Jericho, Vt. Doherty also won the 2019 Super Sprint Nationals on the same day.

Doherty took the men's 12.5K pursuit in a time of 34 minutes, 24.9 seconds. He had six penalties on the shooting range. Jake Brown (Saint Paul, Minn.) and Max Durtschi (Ketchum, Idaho) joined Doherty on the podium, finishing second and third, respectively. Brown, with four penalties, was 17 seconds back, while Durtschi crossed the line 1:36.6 behind Doherty, with seven penalties.

Dunklee skied to her second victory in decisive fashion. Despite seven penalties on the range, she posted a winning margin of 4:06.7 over runner-up Hallie Grossman (South Burlington, Vt.) who finished with six penalties. Kelsey Dickinson (Winthrop, Wash.) claimed her second bronze medal of the competition with seven penalties, 4:41 behind Dunklee.

Doherty later won the super sprint in 14:47, topping Cody Johnson (Fort Kent, Maine) and Travis Cooper (Kenai, Ala.), who finished second and third, respectively, in 15:13 and 15:15.

Doherty just wrapped up his best season on the International Biathlon Union’s World Cup tour. He finished 25 overall in total points with 332, as the top American male.

Boe Johannes Thingnes, 25, was the overall World Cup champion with 1,262 points.

Doherty, 23, for the season had an 83 percent success rate in shooting (Thingnes had an 85 percent success); he was 86 percent success from the standings position (Thingnes was only 78 percent); and 81 percent from the prone position (Thingnes was 93 percent).

Doherty posted nine Top 20 results this winter in World Cup races, including a career-best 10th in the pursuit at Soldier Hollow in Utah in February.

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