copyright the Chronicle December 3, 2014
U.S. Ski Team member Ida Sargent of Barton started off her third World Cup season on opening day November 29 with a personal best — she came in fifth among a field of 73 women in a classic sprint. She ranked top for the U.S. in the 1.4-kilometer race, held in Ruka, Finland.
She once came in sixth place in Sochi, Russia, the year before the Olympics, said Ms. Sargent’s mother, Lindy Sargent, in a brief telephone interview Monday.
“But this was her top score. She hasn’t ever gotten a fifth place,” Ms. Sargent said.
The next day wasn’t as amazing. Ms. Sargent came in fifty-first place in a ten-kilometer classic race on November 30, with a time of 28:52.8, nearly 96 minutes behind the top racer. Ms. Sargent was third for the U.S. in that race, which was also held in Ruka.