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NorAm Pursuit Race Proves to be Good Race for Phaneuf

Maddie Phaneuf had the best race of her young biathlon career today in Lake Placid. Phaneuf raced for the third time this season at the North American Biathlon Race Series #6 this past weekend. A pursuit race is a five lap, four shooting station race. Maddie was entered in the youth female class which meant that she raced a 1.5 km loop five times. She had to shoot prone after each of the first two loops and standing after the third and fourth loops. She hit a total of 45% of her targets during her race.
At race time the temperature was 14 degrees with snow falling during the race. The humidity was high, which made it seem colder than it actually was. There were 66 racers in the field today with about 50% of them from Canada.
Maddie Phaneuf has raced in four other biathlon races this season. The first being in Osceola on December 19th. Her next three races were in Jerecho, Vermont during the Christmas break from school. Those races were called the Junior Trials. There were several participants in those races that were trying to make the World Juniors team that were to take place in the Czech Republic during January.
On February 6th Maddie will join Colin Criss, Megan Greene and Damon Kull in the Old Forge Biathlon Race, one of the several Empire State Games Qualifiers. More after this coming weekends races.

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