Northwestern High School’s Olivia Amber finished out her high school skiing career with a strong showing at the 2013 Junior National Cross Country Ski Championships.
Instead of spending her spring break on a warm beach, Amber traveled north to Fairbanks, Alaska to compete against the best skiers in the United State.
Skiers from 10 different regions of the country were present, along with a few guest competitors from Norway.
Amber picked up a number of honors beginning with a fifth-place medal for her three-person relay team in the classic relay event. Twenty-three teams competed in the event.
In the classic 10K race, Amber earned All-American status by placing 10th among the Junior Women (J1). The top 10 finishers in the field of 72 are named All-American. Amber finished the race in 35:39. Marion Woods, with the Alaska team, won the race in 34:26.9. The second-place finisher came in at 35:09.9.
Amber was also joined in the top 10 by a number of her teammates from the Midwest team. The Northwestern senior was one of six skiers from the Midwest team to make the top 10 in the 10K classic race.
In the 5K freestyle, Amber placed 29th, and she finished 18th in the sprint race.
Amber is headed to Colby College in Maine next year and will ski for the women’s Nordic skiing team.