Mammoth's Brit Cogan wins summer national biathlon; Montana man takes men's title

Britt Cogan, facing an impressive national field in the Summer Biathlon National championships in Auburn last Friday, won the women’s division by more than two minutes ahead of her closest competitor.

Cogan, 25, arrived from Mammoth Lakes from Wisconsin four years ago but went to college in Iowa, playing soccer instead of cross country skiing in her home state.

As an orthopedics technician at Mammoth Hospital, Cogan met Dr. Mike Karch, the mastermind of the Mammoth Biathlon, who has been behind her training, both on snow and off.

Cogan dominated the women’s race with a 50 percent shooting performance.  She finished 2-minutes, 21-seconds ahead of Ann Sick of Millville, Pa. and 2:41 ahead of Michele McVenes of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., who finished third.

In the men’s race, Marc Sheppard of West Yellowstone, Mont. won with the best shooting of the day—75 percent.  He was 27 seconds ahead of Doug Hoover of Williamsburg, Pa. and 48 seconds in front of third-place finisher Robert Douglas of Honeoye Falls, N.Y.

Phillip Violett a local from Auburn, from Auburn, took fourth place, just a minute back from Sheppard’s winning time.

Complete results of the Mass Start race and photos are available at