Becky Abeyta


U.S. Biathlon Announces 2024-25 Junior National Team

by Sara Donatello

Midway, Utah - The United States Biathlon Association released the selected members of the Junior National Team for the upcoming 2024-25 season.

Junior National Team

Virginia Cobb (Westford, VT/Ethan Allen Biathlon Club)

Mirra Payson (Lexington, MA/HSC Biathlon)

Haley Finch (Anchorage, AK/Alaska Winter Stars)

Wes Campbell (Park City, UT/ Team Soldier Hollow)

Thor Sheppard (West Yellowstone, MT/Team Altius)

Cale Woods (Bozeman, MT/Team Crosscut)

Elias Soule (Anchorage, AK/Anchorage Biathlon Club)

John Lohuis (Anchorage, AK/Biathlon Alaska)

“We are happy to announce the names of the exceptional athletes who have earned their place on the Junior National Biathlon Team, marking the highest domestic level of achievement in youth and junior development,” said U.S Biathlon Director of Athlete Development Tim Burke. “As in the past, this team's reach will continue beyond those named to the Junior National Team, as we will include additional athletes at team training camps to create a balanced training environment.”

Coach Brian Halligan will oversee the Junior National Team for the 2024-25 season. Halligan is heading into his third season coaching the Junior National Team, serving his first season as head coach last season. 

"I am really excited to work with this year's Junior National Team,” said Junior National Team Head Coach Brian Halligan. “We are beginning to see some great depth in our Youth and Junior fields and I feel the athletes who have been selected for the JNT this year not only possess great talent, but will work hard and continue to grow as they mature as athletes and humans. After all, that is what this team is about: growth and development."

“It's great to see that many of our current Junior National Team members have come through the U.S. Biathlon development pipeline by participating in U.S. Biathlon's Regional Select Camps and Elite Development camps,” added Burke. “I look forward to seeing these programs continue to grow.”