U.S. Cross-Country Ski Nationals at Craftsbury, Vermont 1.5 k Freestyle Sprint
In the men’s 1.5-kilometer freestyle sprint on Tuesday, the final day of racing at U.S. nationals, Ben Saxton (SMS T2) won the final in a time of 2:58.51 minutes.
Saxton was fifth in qualification behind fastest qualifier on the day Logan Hanneman (APU). Hanneman went on to place second in the final, crossing the finish line .32 seconds after Saxton. Noel Keeffe (University of Utah), the day’s second fastest qualifier, placed third.
It was Saxton’s second sprint national title at the 2019 U.S. nationals; he was the first American in last Thursday’s classic sprint. Hanneman was the runner-up in the classic sprint. It was Keeffe’s first senior level career podium at U.S. nationals.
Rounding out places fourth through sixth in the men’s final were Daniel Streinz (NMU), then Gus Schumacher (AWS), and Zak Ketterson (NMU) respectively.
For the women’s 1.5 k skate sprint, Julia Kern won the final in a time of 3:16.73 minutes after sending the second fastest time in qualification. The women’s fastest qualifier, Hannah Halvorsen (APU/USST D-Team) placed second in the final .21 seconds after Kern.
The USST D-Team duo placed second and third in last Thursday’s U.S. national’s classic sprint in a photo finish. (Ida Sargent won the classic sprint national title.)
Kelsey Phinney (SMS T2) placed third in the final (+2.01). Caitlin Patterson (CGRP) was forth, Canada’s Maya MacIsaac-Jones (CNST) fifth, and Jessica Yeaton (APU/Australian National Team) sixth.