Karl Danielson, a 2018 graduate of Kenai Central, wrapped up a spot on Team Alaska at Junior Nationals this weekend at Besh Cups 5 and 6 in Fairbanks.
Danielson, a freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks redshirting this season, finished second among all Under-18 and -20 skiers that were not prequalified. Junior Nationals will be from March 9 to 17 at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.
In Saturday’s 1.2-kilometer classic sprint, Danielson finished fourth in the Under 18 and over category. Also in that series of sprints, Soldotna’s Bradley Walters was 29th and Soldotna’s Jeremy Kupferschmid was 43rd.
In Sunday’s 10-kilometer freestyle mass start, Danielson finished 13th in 29 minutes, 34.6 seconds. The winner was Gus Schumacher at 26:33.0. Walters was 35th in 33:00.9. In the Under-16 boys race, Kenai’s Tyler Hippchen was 15th in 17:11.5, while Aaron Maves won at 14:43.6.