RacingUS NationalsU.S. Senior National Classic Sprint Rundown (Updated with Images & Audio)

FasterSkierJanuary 7, 2020

Racing at the 2020 U.S. Senior Nationals wrapped on Tuesday with a 1.5-kilometer classic sprint. Although the day came down to six skiers in both the men’s and women’s finals — as is the norm — what flummoxed a few skiers of note were the dicey conditions, which left the tracks covered with slow-me-down lake effect snow.

Men’s 2020 National Championship classic sprint overall podium: Luke Yager in third, Julian Locke first, and Hunter Wonders second (l-r). (Photo: Reese Brown.

Post-race interview with Hunter Wonders

Canada’s Julien Locke (CNST) won the men’s final in 4:03.83 — a time indicating the high-burn but slog-like effort needed to finish the course. The first American, and by default, the U.S. champion, was Hunter Wonders (APU) in second overall (4:05.75). Luke Jager skiing for the University of Utah was third overall and the second American in 4:09.52.

Jager came into the finish double poling, while Locke strode in an adjacent track. Just feet before the line, Jager looked like he’d nip Locke by a toe. Amidst the thick snow, it appeared Jager’s wax simply iced up and his ski stopped abruptly, causing a fall. He quickly righted himself and crossed the line for third.

Luke Yager takes an unfortunate spill before the finish line. Canada’s Julien Locke (bib 6) took the win. (Photo: Reese Brown)

Tyler Kornfield (APU) placed fourth overall (third American) in 4:11.26. Peter Holmes (SVSEF) was fifth, and Canada’s Julian Smith (NST-NTDC Tbay) was sixth (+4:18.40).

Men’s Final Results

Hailey Swirbul (APU) concluded a stunning Nationals week with her second sprint title of the 2020 Nationals. Swirbul also won the 20 k classic National Championship in Houghton and placed third in the 10 k skate.

The lunge: Hailey Swirbul (bib 1), Caitlin Paterson (bib 4), and Alayna Sonnesyn (bib 6) go to the line. (Photo: Reese Brown)

Post-race interview with Hailey Swirbul

Swirbul won today’s classic sprint in 4:41.79, after posting the fastest qualifying time in 4:18.11. Caitlin Patterson (CGRP) was second in 4:42.03, and Alayna Sonnesyn (SMST2) third (4:42.14).

Cendrine Browne of Canada placed fourth (4:50.08), and University of Alaska Fairbanks skier, Mariel Pulles of Estonia, skied to fifth (4:54.32), and Rosie Frankowski (APU), known for her distance skiing, was sixth (4:59.24).

Women’s Final Results

The women’s 2020 National Championship classic sprint podium: Alayna Sonnesyn in third, Hailey Swirbul first, and Caitlin Patterson second (l-r). (Photo: Reese Brown)

Post-race interview with Cailtin Patterson

Kaitlynn Miller (front) during the women’s classic sprint at the 2020 Senior Nationals. (Photo: Reese Brown)

 

Erik Bjornsen (bib 8), Ben Saxton (bib 3), and Daniel Streinz (bib 13) during their quarterfinal classic sprint at the 2020 Senior Nationals in Houghton, MI. (Photo: Reese Brown)

 

No separation yet, the start of the women’s classic sprint final at the 2020 Senior Nationals. (Photo: Reese Brown)

 

Gus Schumacher (bib 9) during the men’s classic sprint at the 2020 Senior Nationals. (Reese Brown)

 

Rosie Frankowski (bib 18) advanced during the women’s classic sprint at the 2020 Senior Nationals. (Photo: Reese Brown)

 

Julien Locke (bib 6) and Peter Holmes (bib 5) during the men’s classic sprint at the 2020 Senior Nationals. (Photo: Reese Brown)

 

Follow where the lens is focused: Tyler Kornfield (bib 7) locked in. (Photo: Reese Brown)

 

 

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