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Photo Gallery: U.S. Nationals Women’s Classic Sprint

FasterSkier’s coverage of the 2013 U.S. Cross Country Championships is brought to you through the generous support of The Memory Clinic in Bennington, Vt.

 

MIDWAY, Utah — The women’s classic sprint at Soldier Hollow was a nail-biter of a race, decided in the final meters of the A-final when Jennie Bender (CXC) eked ahead of Sadie Bjornsen (APU/USST) to take her first U.S. Nationals title. Click through the photos below to relive the excitement. For more photos of the qualifier, senior heats and junior heats, check out Bert Boyer’s gallery.

Results.

Women’s race report.

WQ1
Quarter1.0
WQ2
Quarter2.0
Quarter2.2
Quarter3.2
WQ3.1
Quarter3.0
WQ3
WQ3.2
WQ3.3
Quarter3.3
WQ4.1
Quarter4.0
Quarter4.1
WQ4
WQ4.5
WQ4.2
Quarter4.3
Quarter5.2
WQ5
Quarter5.0
Quarter5.1
Semi1
Semi1.0
Wsemi1
WSemi1.1
WSemi1.3
Semi1.3
Semi2.2
Semi2.0
Semi2.1
WSemi2
WSemi2.1
Semi2.3
B-Final1.0
Final1
WFinal1
A-Final1.0
Final2
Final3
Final4
Final5
Bender coach
Podium
Bender phone

WQ1

Quarterfinal 1 leaving the stadium.

Quarter1.0

Quarter 1: Sadie Bjornsen (APU) and Corey Stock (Dartmouth) lead on the plateau. Photo: Bert Boyer.

WQ2

Quarterfinal 2 on the plateau.

Quarter2.0

Quarter 2: Becca Rorabaugh (APU), Liz Guiney (UNH) and Rose Kemp (UU) go head to head. Photo: Bert Boyer.

Quarter2.2

Rorabaugh and Guiney go 1-2 to advance from Quarterfinal 2.

Quarter3.2

Quarterfinal 3 leaves in the starting lanes.

WQ3.1

Heather Mooney (Middlebury) changing lanes.

Quarter3.0

Quarter 3: Jennie Bender (CXC) leads Kate Fitzgerald (APU), Jessica Yeaton (MSU) and Heather Mooney (Middlebury). Photo: Bert Boyer.

WQ3

Bender and Yeaton leading Quarterfinal 3.

WQ3.2

Quarterfinal 3, led by Bender and Fitzgerald, sweeps down the back descent.

WQ3.3

Fitzgerald and Bender.

Quarter3.3

Bender leans into her poles to take Quarterfinal 3.

WQ4.1

Quarterfinal 4: Annie Hart chases down Sophie Caldwell (out of frame).

Quarter4.0

Quarter 4: Sophie Caldwell (SMS T2) separates from the field. Photo: Bert Boyer.

Quarter4.1

Quarter 4: Annie Hart (Dartmouth), Clare Egan (CGRP) and Anika Miller (Payette Lakes Sports). Photo: Bert Boyer.

WQ4

Sophie Caldwell creating a gap on the field in Quarterfinal 4.

WQ4.5

Heather Mooney (Middlebury).

WQ4.2

Egan and Miller.

Quarter4.3

Caldwell coasts for an easy advance to the next round.

Quarter5.2

Heidi Halvorsen (GMVS) gains an early edge in Quarterfinal 5.

WQ5

Felicia Gesior pulling away.

Quarter5.0

Quarter 5: Felicia Gesior leads down the hill. Photo: Bert Boyer.

Quarter5.1

Quarter 5: Heidi Halvorsen (GMVS) and Parker Tyler (UU) on the descent. Photo: Bert Boyer.

Semi1

Semifinal 1: Bjornsen leads out of the gate.

Semi1.0

Sadie Bjornsen and Liz Guiney crest the first hill in Semifinal 1. Photo: Bert Boyer.

Wsemi1

Bjornsen, still leading up to the high point before the big descent.

WSemi1.1

Corey Stock and Liz Guiney lead the chase.

WSemi1.3

Semi1.3

Bjornsen cruises to the win in Semifinal 1. Rorabaugh and Brennan advance in 2nd and 3rd for an APU sweep.

Semi2.2

Sophie Caldwell gets to a good start in Semifinal 2.

Semi2.0

Caldwell leads again over the plateau, with Brennan in the hunt. Photo: Bert Boyer.

Semi2.1

Jennie Bender and Felicia Gesior just behind. Photo: Bert Boyer.

WSemi2

Caldwell creating a gap before the descent.

WSemi2.1

Brennan and Bender catching up.

Semi2.3

Bender successfully used the slingshot effect to work her way into the lead by the finish of Semifinal 2.

B-Final1.0

The women's B-Final: Stock leading Mooney and Guiney. The trio ended up 1-2-3 in the heat for a collegiate sweep, placing 7th, 8th and 9th overall. Photo: Bert Boyer.

Final1

The women's A-final. Caldwell and Bjornsen get off to quick starts to lead the heat out of the stadium.

WFinal1

Bjornsen and Caldwell fighting for the lead on the plateau, with Bender on their tails.

A-Final1.0

Bjornsen and Caldwell. Photo: Bert Boyer.

Final2

The stadium holds its collective breath as the final comes into the final stretch, Bender gaining on Bjornsen with each pole plant.

Final3

Bender pulls event with Bjornsen.

Final4

...and starts to inch ahead.

Final5

Bender lunges, the finish line catches Bjornsen by surprise, and the national title goes to the skier in red.

Bender coach

Jennie Bender (CXC) receives a congratulatory hug.

Podium

The women's podium: 1. Jennie Bender (CXC) 2. Sadie Bjornsen (APU/USST) 3. Rosie Brennan (APU).

Bender phone

Bender borrows FasterSkier's phone to call her mom after the podium ceremony.

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