Patterson 18th in U-23 skiathlon

Scott Patterson of Anchorage finished 18th in the men's skiathlon Saturday in the World U-23 Championships for nordic skiing in Val Di Fiemme, Italy.

Patterson, 22, was clocked in 1 hour, 26 minutes, 58.7 seconds in the event, where skiers cover 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) in the classical discipline, then switch equipment and bang out 15-K in the freestyle discipline. Patterson was the top American finisher.

Tyler Kornfield of Anchorage finished 49th, but did not complete the mass-start race because he was lapped and international rules in skiathlon require a lapped skier to abandon the race. Such a skier is credited with the position he was in when abandoning.

In the women's skiathlon at the World Junior Championships in Val Di Fiemme, Nicole Bathe of UAF took 47th in 33:29.5 in a race that covered 5-K classical and 5-K freestyle. She was second among Americans.

Stephanie Kirk of Anchorage finished 52nd in 34:12.7 and was third among Americans.


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