Region VI Cross Country Skiing Championships

West Valley's Kendall Kramer begins her second lap on her way to winning the girls mass start free technique 7.5-kilometer race at the Region VI High School Cross Country Skiing Championships Friday afternoon, February 8, 2019, at the Birch Hill Recreation Area.

Kendall Kramer gets to experience international cross-country skiing competition twice in two months.

The West Valley High School senior and Team USA development-squad member was 12 skiers announced Wednesday for the American squad in the FIS World Junior Cross-Country Ski Championships on Feb. 28-March 8 in Oberwiesenthal, Germany.

The selection for the United States’ team in the World Juniors comes a week after she was named to the American contingent for the Winter Youth Olympic Games, which started Wednesday and runs through Jan. 22 in Lausanne, Switzerland. However, the cross-country skiing portion of the Winter Youth Olympics doesn’t start until Jan. 18.

It will be Kramer’s second straight year to participate in the World Juniors.

Her debut last year in the competition in Lahti, Finland included fourth-place finishes in the women’s 15-kilometer mass-start classical race and in the women’s 4x3.3K relay.

On Sunday, Kramer placed thirdin the junior girls 7.5K mass-start classical event at L.L. Bean U.S. Cross-Country Ski National Championships in Houghton, Michigan.

Also Wednesday, fellow West Valley senior Maggie Druckenmiller was named as a first alternate for the U.S. team for the World Junior Championships. 

The selection, though, helps Druckenmiller gain a U.S. team spot for the Under-Age 18 Scandanavian Cup on Jan. 24-26 in Falun, Sweden.

Contact News-Miner sports editor Danny Martin at 459-7586. Follow him on Twitter:@newsminersports.