Bailey races to 19th-place finish

Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid posted a 19th-place finish in Friday’s 10-kilometer World Cup biathlon race in Antholz, Italy.

Bailey completed the course in 25 minutes, 55.1 seconds. He shot clean in prone then missed two targets at the standing station.

Lukas Hofer of Italy and Simon Schrempp of Germany finished tied for first with a time of 24:44.9. Hofer missed one target and Schrempp shot clean. Arnd Peiffer was third 24:49.2.

Tim Burke of Paul Smiths placed 51st with a time of 26:42.1, which included three misses. Leif Nordgren of Minnesota and Sean Doherty of New Hampshire also competed for the U.S. team but did not finish.

Bailey and Burke will compete in today’s 12.5k pursuit race, which starts at 8:30 a.m. (eastern time). Susan Dunklee of Vermont and Sara Studebaker of Idaho will represent the women in today’s 10k pursuit.

Demong takes eighth in nordic combined triple

SEEFELD, Austria – In the prologue of the first-ever nordic combined triple World Cup event, Americans Bryan Fletcher of Steamboat Springs, Colo. and Vermontville native Bill Demong both turned in top-10 finishes Friday.

Fletcher placed sixth and Demong finished eighth in the competition that included one jump followed by a 5-kilometer cross-country ski race.

For Demong, the result was especially impressive after he skied most of the way with a broken pole.

Friday’s top 50 finishers advanced to today’s 10k individual Gundersen. The fastest 30 from that race will move on to Sunday’s 15k Gundersen, which includes two rounds of jumping.

Both Fletcher and Demong moved up a number of spots after the jump round. Fletcher had the 11th-highest scoring jump and Demong was 17th after the jump.

Eric Frenzel of Germany claimed the win. He put down the second-best jump of the day and finished with a winning time of 12 minutes, 37.4 seconds. Norway’s Magnus Moan was runner-up, 8.4 seconds back and Tino Edelmann of Germany was third, 9.4 seconds off the winning time. Fletcher was 25.2 seconds back and Demong was 27 seconds behind Frenzel.

Taylor Fletcher and Brett Denney also competed for the U.S. but didn’t advance after respective 56th and 63rd place finishes.