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Wednesday Workout: The 15-15 with Double-Sprint Champ Blackhorse-von Jess

Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess (Bend Endurance Academy) clinches a nearly seven-second win in the 1.5 k classic sprint at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton, Mich. (Photo: Jake Ellingson)

The reigning double-sprint champion from 2015 U.S. nationals, Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess talks about race prep and how he practices getting up to speed in training. “Personally I have an incredibly hard time replicating a race effort,” he says. “The 15-15 is how I practice qualification.”

Blackhorse-von Jess 2-For-2 in Nationals Sprints; Kornfield Back on Podium

1.5 k freestyle sprint at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton, Mich.

It felt like deja vu in Houghton, Mich. as Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess returned to the podium for his second national title of the week in the 1.5 k freestyle sprint at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships.

Brennan Completes U.S. Nationals Trifecta with Skate Sprint Win: ‘It was Just a Huge Relief’

Alaska Pacific University's Rosie Brennan completes the trifecta in the last race of U.S. Cross Country Championships with a skate-sprint victory in Houghton, Mich.

Ever since the season started in West Yellowstone, Rosie Brennan’s been on a roll. On Saturday, she achieved her seventh-straight podium, and third-consecutive win out of four races at U.S. nationals, becoming the first skier to do so since Kikkan Randall won all four nationals events in 2010.

Freeman Strikes Late in Men’s 30 k Mass Start, Holds On for National Title

Kris Freeman (Freebird) clinches his 17th national title in the men's 30 k classic mass start, ahead of APU's Lex Treinen (left, behind), NMU's Kyle Bratrud (behind Treinen) and APU's Eric Packer (behind Freeman at right), at U.S. Cross Country Championships on Thursday in Houghton, Mich. (Photo: Christopher Schmidt)

Kris Freeman knew he couldn’t let the U.S. nationals 30 k classic mass start come down to a sprint. The seasoned veteran sat patiently throughout the three-lap race on Thursday, then attacked with 2 1/2 kilometers to go to take the title by 3.7 seconds over APU’s Lex Treinen.

Brennan Powers to Second-Straight National Title in Houghton

Chelsea Holmes (APU) leads Rosie Brennan (APU), Caitlin Patterson (CGRP), Becca Rorabaugh (APU), and Eliska Hajkova (BJRNT) in the women's 20 k mass start at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton, Mich.

Rosie Brennan (APU) earned her second national title in a week after striding to a 5.5 second win in the women’s 20 k classic mass start in northern Michigan. APU coach Erik Flora said that he believes Brennan is ready for the next level of racing saying, “she is one of our top ladies and she is right at that point to make that next step and jump in with the World Cup crew.”

Blackhorse-von Jess Plows Through Competition for U.S. Champs Sprint Victory (with Gallery)

Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess strides to a near seven-second win in Tuesday's 1.5 k classic sprint at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton, Mich. (Photo: Jake Ellingson)

Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess (Bend Endurance Academy) made winning look easy in Tuesday’s 1.5 k classic sprint at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton, Mich. And while this win may not be as momentous as his first national championship in 2013, it’s all part of his season plan.

Brennan Paves the Way, Keeps on Plugging for Classic-Sprint National Title (with Gallery)

Rosie Brennan (APU) celebrates her definitive win in the women's 1.5 k classic sprint on Tuesday at U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton, Mich., where she notched her third national title. (Photo: Jake Ellingson)

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.

NMU’s Bratrud Busts Out U.S. Nationals 15 k Skate Victory, 50 Seconds Over Freeman

NMU’s Kyle Bratrud leads Brian Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) around 5 k in the first of two laps in the men’s 15 k freestyle, the first race of U.S. nationals in Houghton, Mich.

Heads turned and ears perked up alongside the course at U.S. Cross Country Championships on Sunday as Kyle Bratrud was rumored to be leading the men’s 15 k freestyle individual start. In fact, the Northern Michigan senior led from start to finish, and ended up winning for his first top 20 at nationals.

Course-Side Quotes: Catching Up with U.S. Nationals Top Dogs

Rosie Brennan (Alaska Pacific University)

In the two days leading up to U.S. nationals, we caught up with several podium contenders for the races in Houghton, Mich., which start this Sunday and last through next Saturday.

Photo Gallery: U.S. Nationals Prep Day in Houghton

Ben Saxton (USST/Stratton Mountain School T2)

The nation’s best domestic races have gathered in the snowy Upper Peninsula for the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton, Mich. Races kick off with Sunday’s 10/15 k freestyle, and continue throughout the next week with freestyle and classic sprints and 20/30 k classic mass starts.

Ultimate Team Event: Anchorage Hosts Coed Relay at National Championships

It's an amiable atmosphere at Spring Series in Anchorage, Alaska, as seen here after Sunday's classic-sprint final. Teams will compete for a national title on Tuesday in Kincaid Park in the coed 4 x 5 k, the first race of U.S. Distance Nationals. From left to right: Andy Newell (SMST2/USST), Reese Hanneman (APU/USST), Ben Saxton (SMS), Pat O'Brien (CGRP), Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess (BEA), and Tyler Kornfield (APU). (Photo: Rob Whitney)

It’s sure to be an exciting day at Kincaid Park on Tuesday for the first team event at U.S. nationals in at least a decade, and unlike most relays, this one’s coed. Stay tuned for a showdown between APU, Stratton, Craftsbury, Sun Valley and several college teams.

U.S. Nationals: Classic Sprint Photos

Torin Koos (BSF/Rossignal) and Peter Kling (APU) duke it out in their quarterfinal> Both advanced to the semifinals but were unable to qualify for the A-final.

The 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships concluded Friday in spectacular form with a classic sprint on the beautiful trails of Soldier Hollow. Maybe you’ve returned home to a lack of snow, reminiscing the awesome Utah weather, or perhaps you were living under a rock and missed all the action. Either way we have just the thing for you.

Weekend Roundup: Sprintacular

Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) celebrates his sprint victory. Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus

It was a spectacular weekend for sprinting as the World Cup continued in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic with both a individual and team sprint. FasterSkier was also on site at the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships in Midway, Ut., which concluded with a classic sprint on Friday.

Hanneman Wins Classic Sprint at U.S. Nationals; Olympic Implications for U.S. Men

Reese Hanneman (APU) on his way to his first national championship over Erik Bjornsen (APU/U.S. Ski Team).

Bronze, silver, and now gold. Reese Hanneman of Alaska Pacific University has captured them all after his win in the 1.6 k classic sprint on the final day of the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships. En route to his first national championship, Hanneman made winning look easy despite competing against the best sprinters in the country.

Naryshkina Adjusts in Time to Win U.S. Nationals Classic Sprint; Brennan Top American

Rosie Brennan (APU) in second stands up just before the finish as Russia's Natalja Naryshkina (CXC) wins the women's classic sprint A-final by 0.3 seconds. (Photo: Tom Kelly/U.S. Ski Team)

In her third race of the season with CXC after studying, training and racing in Russia, Natalja Naryshkina won the women’s classic sprint at U.S. nationals on Friday with a flawless run through the qualifier and heats. Rosie Brennan (APU) was second for her second national title in two years.

U.S. Nationals: Women’s Classic Sprint Qualifier Photos

Natalja Naryshkina (CXC), 1st

Natalja Naryshkina (CXC) put down the fastest women’s qualifying time by 0.02 seconds in the 1.5 k classic sprint at U.S. nationals on Friday, winning the qualifier in 3:58.20 to advance to the heats, which start with the men at 12:15 p.m. MST.

U.S. Nationals: Men’s Classic Sprint Qualifier Photos

Reese Hanneman (APU), 1st

It’s all about fitness on the demanding trails of Soldier Hollow, and Reese Hanneman, of Alaska Pacific University proved to be fastest on the men’s 1.6-kilometer classic sprint course on Friday morning at U.S. Cross Country Championships with the fastest qualifying time of 3:40.94.

U.S. Nationals Photo Gallery: Men’s 30 k Freestyle Mass Start

Sylvan Ellefson (SSCV/Team HomeGrown) breaks away on the fifth of six laps in the U.S. nationals 30 k freestyle mass start at Soldier Hollow.

Sylvan Ellefson, 26, knew it was going to take some gutsy skiing to win the men’s 30-kilometer freestyle mass start Wednesday at the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships, but he didn’t want to go too crazy, too soon. Here’s how he executed to win his first national title by 2.8 seconds.

With a Fleet of Fans Behind Him, Ellefson Goes Big for First National Title in 30 k (Updated)

Sylvan Ellefson (SSCV/Team HomeGrown) pushes off the front with just over 5 k remaining in the men's 30 k freestyle mass start at U.S. nationals at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah.

A crowd favorite, Sylvan Ellefson (SSCV/Team HomeGrown) put down a bold move and broke away with 7.5 k to go in the men’s 30 k freestyle mass start at U.S. nationals. “Whether they pick me for the Olympics this year or not, I’m just happy to have a national championship under my belt,” he says.

Gregg Aims for Dominance, Wins 20 k by Over Three and a Half Minutes at U.S. Nationals

Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) racing to a nearly four-minute victory in the 20 k freestyle mass start at U.S. Cross Country Championships on Jan. 8 at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. (Photo: U.S. Ski Team/Sarah Brunson)

At the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships, winning by any margin is enough to make most competitors’ day. Not so for Caitlin Gregg of Team Gregg and Madshus, who won Wednesday’s 20 k freestyle mass start by over three and a half minutes, a gap that has not been seen at the national level in recent memory.