Relive the action at the 2015 U.S. Distance Nationals with our photo gallery of the 30- and 50-kilomter freestyle mass starts that took place at Galena Lodge in Sun Valley, Idaho as part of the 2015 SuperTour Finals.
Thursday’s SuperTour Finals action welcomed the 30 and 50 k U.S. Distance Nationals, where Canada’s Ivan Babikov won over Colorado’s Rune Malo Ødegård and USST/SSCV’s Noah Hoffman, who claimed the title of national champion. Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) won the 30 k by just under three minutes over USST/Burke’s Liz Stephen.
Rosie Brennan didn’t let a hefty amount of fresh snow hold her back, qualifying in second in a blizzard then dominating each of her heats, including the classic-sprint final, at U.S. nationals on Tuesday. With the exception of Becca Rorabaugh and Anne Hart, the rest of the women’s A-final achieved career bests by making it to the final.
There was no shortage of excitement in the women’s 10 k freestyle at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships on Sunday, as Caitlin Gregg earned her first win of the season after returning from Europe. It wasn’t without contest, however, as a strong APU team of Rosie Brennan, Chelsea Holmes, and Jessica Yeaton were also in the hunt.
Since Scott Patterson (APU) was impaled by Erik Bjornsen’s ski in October he has dealt with a surgery, pulmonary embolism, and a long recovery. Despite facing what looked to be a season-ending string of health issues, Patterson is racing at U.S. Nationals in Houghton and looking to see what he can do.
American Caitlin Gregg had big plans to before heading to the World Cup this winter as the SuperTour leader, with qualification for World Championships at the top of the list. Disappointed in her results the last two weekends, she’s got one more World Cup weekend then will try to make a statement at U.S. nationals.