CollegiateRacingChris Cook Takes First American NCAA XC Win in 6 Years

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It was another dominating performance by Katrin Smigun (Utah) today in the 20K Classic Mass Start race at the NCAA Championships, hosted by Dartmouth College.

Smigun blazed around the 15K course at Oak Hill to take 49 second victory over Sigrid Aas of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF). Third was Karin Camenisch of Denver. Hilary Patzer (Northern Michigan) in 7th and Dartmouth freshman Alison Crocker in 9th were the only Americans to score top ten finishes.

<Women's NCAA 15K Classic Results

In the men's 20K Classic Mass start race, Chris Cook of Northern Michigan scored the first and only American NCAA cross country victory of the Championships. He had to work very hard for it though, as he just outsprinted Vermont's Ethan Foster to the line by 0.2 seconds. Tobias Schwoerer of Alaska-Anchorage took third. Other Americans in the top ten were Justin Easter (Bates) in 5th, Zach Violett (UAA) in 7th, Tim Weston (Middlebury) in 9th, and Brayton Osgood (Dartmouth) in 10th.

Cook becomes the first American to win an NCAA cross country title since Amy Crawford in 1997, and the first American male to win since Luke Bodensteiner and Pete Vordenberg won the races in 1993.


<Men's NCAA 20K Classic Results


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After three of four events (XC Freestyle, Giant Slalom, XC Classic) , Utah holds a commanding 100 point lead over New Mexico. Utah took team wins in both the Mens and Womens Giant Slalom, as well as the Women's XC Classic race, to earn the leading margin. The NCAA skiing champion is a combined title of both men and women, alpine and nordic.

The cross country races of the NCAA's are complete, and the overall team champion will be crowned after tomorrow's Slalom event at the Dartmouth Skiway.

<NCAA Team Results

Skiers who place in the top ten in any race earn All-American status. The following cross country skiers are 2003 All-Americans:

Women's 5K Free
SMIGUN, Katrin          UU         
KAEMPF, Mandy           UAA   
AAS, Sigrid             UAF        
REHEMAA, Jana           CU   
STURSOVA, Martina       UNM     
WISSTING, Jenny         UNM 
SVENDSEN, Sara          UU          
CAMENISCH, Karin        DU         
PATZER, Hilary          NMU      
MCALLISTER, Abby        NEV         

Women's 15K Classic
SMIGUN, Katrin          UU   
AAS, Sigrid             UAF 
CAMENISCH, Karin        DU 
STURSOVA, Martina       UNM   
SVENDSEN, Sara          UU   
SAARINEN, Maija         NEV   
PATZER, Hilary          NMU 
STRANDBERG, Kristina    UNM  
CROCKER, Alison         DAR      
HATLEVIK, Barbro        UU 

Men's 10K Free
VIKA, Jimmy             UNM   
BAILEY, Lowell          UVM  
SCHWOERER, Tobias       UAA   
COOK, Christopher       NMU  
MALAK, Michal           UAF
KROGSVEEN, Lars         UNM 
FOSTER, Ethan           UVM   
CHRISTIANSEN, Erling    CU   
OSGOOD, Brayton         DAR         
QUINN, Ryan             UU 

Men's 20K Classic
COOK, Christopher       NMU  
FOSTER, Ethan           UVM   
SCHWOERER, Tobias       UAA  
VIKA, Jimmy             UNM 
EASTER, Justin          BAT  
HOYE, Henrik            CU  
VIOLETT, Zach           UAA  
CHRISTIANSEN, Erling    CU 
WESTON, Tim             MID  
OSGOOD, Brayton         DAR   

<NCAA Championships Website

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