Vermont Army Guard Sgt. Jesse Downs cruises to a five-minute victory in the 20-km individual biathlon race March 4 at the 28th Chief of the National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships held at Ethan Allen Firing Range, Jericho, Vt. Downs won the race in a time of 54 minutes, 28 seconds, missing only two targets. About 60 competitors took part in the race. Downs also won the sprint race. (Photo by Sgt First Class Steven Kilde, North Dakota National Guard)
Vermont Guardsman sweeps CNGB biathlon championships
By Master Sgt. Greg Rudl
National Guard Bureau
ETHAN ALLEN FIRING RANGE, Jericho, Vt. (3/5/09) - After falling short of sweeping both of last year's individual races here at the Chief of the National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships, Vermont Army National Guard Sgt. Jesse Downs was determined to vindicate himself at this year's 28th annual event.
Last year, Downs was defeated in the 10k race by just one second by a fellow All-Guard team member, 2nd Lt. Samuel Morse. He managed to edge out Morse by 44 seconds this year with a time of 26 minutes, 34 seconds.
Downs' time in the 20k race was 54 minutes, 28 seconds, missing only two targets.
“This race is later in the year so my fitness is good right now and that helps my shooting,” said Downs, who only missed three shots in both the 10k and 20k races....
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