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RUMFORD, Maine (Jan. 11) – The 2004 Chevrolet U.S. Cross Country Championships concluded Sunday with Olympian Lars Flora (Anchorage, AK) and Sarah Konrad (Laramie, WY) capturing the long distance, free technique titles – the men's 50K, 30K for women – in balmy single-digit weather at Black Mountain.
Konrad finished ahead of Aubrey Smith (Seward, Alaska), a 2003 World Championships racer, and former Estonian Olympian Katrin Smigun. Her winning time was 1:30.22.4. Smith was 3.2 seconds back with Smigun finishing 1:30.27.1. The bronze medal, however — since medals go to only U.S. citizens — went to Hilary Patzer (Sun Valley, ID) in 1:31.45.4.
“Coming toward the finish, maybe with a K to go, I was leading. I'm a bike racer so I didn't want to be leading because I know the advantage of coming from behind…butÂ I was. So, I gunned it from there and they couldn't catch me.”
The championships, organized by the Chisholm Ski Club for the second year in a row, drew record crowds — 559 registered, 478 racing on one day.
2004 CHEVROLET U.S. CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Rumford, ME — Jan. 11
Men's 50K FR
1. Lars Flora, Anchorage, Alaska, 2:08.09.0
2. Andrew Johnson, Greensboro, Vt., 2:08.31.4
3. Marc Gilbertson, Hyde Park, Vt., 2:08.39.5
4. Eli Enman, Huntington, Vt., 2:13.18.2
5. Chad Giese, St. Paul, Minn., 2:13.53.0
6. Matt Weier, Mahtomedi, Minn., 2:15.20.4
7. Pat Weaver, Newmarket, N.H., 2:15.40.3
8. Erik Wickstrom, Fairbanks, Alaska, 2:15.51.0
9. Jason Lemeiux, Worthington, Mass., 2:16.43.4
10. Cory Wubbels, Marquette, Mich., 2:17.43.2
Women's 30K FR
1. Sarah Konrad, Laramie, Wyo., 1:30.22.4
2. Aubrey Smith, Seward, Alaska, 1:30.25.6
3. Hilary Patzer, Sun Valley, Idaho, 1:31.45.4
4. Kikkan Randall, Anchorage, Alaska, 1:37.28.6
5. Kate Pearson, Anchorage, Alaska, 1:37.28.6
6. Tara Sheahan, Boulder, Colo., 1:38.28.8
7. Diane Tremblay, Hayward, Wis., 1:40.14.6
8. Corey Coogan, Hudson, Wis., 1:46.46.9
9. Jennifer Ryan, Marquette, Mich., 1:48.38.4
10. Brandy Stewart, Caribou, Maine, 1:52.26.8
Guest class skiers:
1. Katrin Smigun, Salt Lake City, 1:30.27.1
2. Sarah Peters, Ottawa, CAN 1:32.26.8