Methow Valley Junior Aims High

Casey Smith earned a gold medal in the 7.5km Sprint race at the recent Biathlon Championships in Fort Kent, Maine. Casey is 17 and competes in the Youth Men division in biathlon for the Methow Valley Biathlon Team, and he's also a PNSA/Methow Valley Nordic standout as a J1.

Casey has had a great season, competing in December at the Jr World Trials in Biathlon, then traveling to Sweden for the Biathlon Jr Worlds in January. Returning home, he competed in the JOQ events in the Pacific Northwest. Then in March he traveled to Maine for JO's and the Biathlon championships.

Smith's win at the Sprint race was his first gold medal in a national title event.

Congratulations to Casey Smith and also to the coaches and supporters who helped make it all happen!

The photo is from the biathlon range at Ft Kent during the National Championships, courtesy of Betsy Devin-Smith.