National Biathlon Championships:Day 1

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Fort Kent, Me (WAGM) - Day one at the US Biathlon Championships in Fort Kent. Members of the US World Cup team might have been suffering from jet lag, but still posted outstanding finishes.

(Lowell Bailey):"Very little unless you count riding on airplanes. It has been a lot of travel the last few days, but it's great conditions out here and a beautiful day to race. It's probably one of the nicest race conditions of the season."

(Sean Doherty):" Had a big travel on Monday and Tuesday so not feeling my freshest physical shape, but good enough. It was a beautiful day on the track and it was a lot of fun. It wears on you. I got a good long night of sleep so it wasn't to bad and you have to deal with it"

Bailey:" Happy with a 90 percent day on the range. We just got here last night so really tried to focus on the race because I didn't preview the course. and just really jumping on the skis this morning."

Tim Burke finished in second spot just three tenths of a second ahead of third place finisher Sean Doherty.
On the women's side, Clare Egan of Cape Elizabeth picked up the win missing just one target and finished a minute 33 ahead of Joanne Reid of Colorado Biathlon. Hannah Dreissigacker of the US team finished third.
Brendan Cyr of Caribou picked up the win in the Youth division. Brian Halligan of Maine Winter Sports took the Jr Men division and Hannah Streinz of Hersey and a member of the Maine Winter Sports Center took took first in the Junior women. The event continues Friday morning with the pursuit. Doherty is looking forward to that event also.

Doherty:" The weather is supposed to be kind of stormy so it will make it interesting we will see what happens."