Wonders earns silver at Junior Nationals

Alaskans got off to a slow start Monday at the Junior National Cross-Country Ski Championships in Vermont, winning just one medal in the opening-day classic races.

Hunter Wonders placed second in the Under-16 boys 5-kilometer race in 14 minutes, 35.9 seconds. He finished 6.5 seconds behind winner Zach Williams.

Wonders was one of three Alaskans to crack the top 10. Will Balcao took eighth in the Under-16 boys 5-K while Thomas O'Harra placed ninth in the Under-18 boys 10-K race.

Competition continues Wednesday with classic sprint races. A mass start skate race is set for Friday with skate relays slated for Saturday.

Anchorage Daily News