Cook places 85th in Ruhpolding 15k

Annelies Cook of Saranac Lake finished 85th in the 15-kilometer individual World Cup biathlon race in Ruhpolding, Germany on Friday.

Cook, who has already been nominated for the U.S. Olympic team that will compete in Sochi, Russia next month, completed the course in 48 minutes, 30.1 seconds with six misses on the range.

Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic won the race to extend her lead in the World Cup biathlon standings. She missed only one target and covered the course in 40:32.6 for both victories in this season’s individual discipline.

Darya Domracheva of Belarus was second, 34.3 seconds behind with two missed targets, while Veronika Vitkova completed a good afternoon for the Czechs by shooting cleanly for third place, 38.6 seconds behind.

Germany’s Franziska Hildebrand and Norway’s Tora Berger were fourth and fifth, respectively. Both missed one target.

Susan Dunklee of Barton, Vt. was the top American finisher with her 41st place time of 44:25.9 with three penalties.

“Last night’s rain and an application of salt onto the course made today’s tracks some of the iciest and slipperiest that I have ever raced on,” Dunklee said. “I enjoyed the challenge of experimenting with different ski techniques on the ice and adapting my skiing style accordingly.”

After 10 of 22 events, Soukalova leads the standings on 366 points, 28 ahead of Domracheva and Ukraine’s Valj Semerenko, who missed two targets in finishing eighth.

Tim Burke of Paul Smiths and Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid hit the course today for the men’s 20k individual race. Burke will be wearing bib No. 17 and Bailey will be No. 36.