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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.