Posted: Mar 17, 2019
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Colby first-year Will Solow earned four All-American honors in four races and Kirsten Miller overcame an obstacle to earn one All-American award at the 2019 U.S. Cross Country Junior Nationals.
Solow also earned the prestigious Dave Quinn Award from the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA). The award recognizes a Junior Olympics athlete who best exemplifies the ideals of the cross country ski sport which Dave Quinn expressed through his life. In addition to outstanding results, nominees should have special attributes such as love for the sport, leadership, overcoming hardship, work ethic, etc., which make them unique.
In under-20 sprint classic racing, Solow had a podium finish in taking third place in 3:21.40. He had eighth-place finishes in the 15-kilometer classic mass start in 38:48.5 and the 10K individual freestyle (24:10.2). Solow finished up the week Saturday by teaming with two other New England Region skiers to take third in the 3K relay (23:22.0).
Miller (center in picture), a sophomore, missed the opening 5K individual freestyle due to illness. However, she rebounded nicely by taking 13th in the under-20 10K class mast start race (30:32.3) and 18th with a 4:10.14 in the sprint classic. Miller earned an All-American honor and was on top of the podium with her New England teammates by winning the 3K relay in 26:57.3.