WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. — Caitlin Gregg, newly of Madshus Racing and Team Gregg, dominated one heat after another (plus the qualifier) on Friday, ultimately winning the SuperTour 1.3-kilometer freestyle sprint by a comfortable margin. In the first race of the 2013/2014 SuperTour season, Gregg topped Jennie Bender (Bridger Sk Foundation), who skied to second, and Becca Rorabaugh (Alaska Pacific University), who placed third in the final.
Rounding out the women’s final, Erika Flowers (Stratton Mountain School T2) took fourth, Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) was fifth, and Andrea Lee (University of New Mexico) was sixth.
In the men’s final, Emil Johansson of Sweden’s IK Jarl Rattvik — who’s currently studying at the University of Colorado — pulled off an upset, skiing away from the field and winning by several meters. Reese Hanneman (Alaska Pacific University) and Ryan Scott (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail/Team HomeGrown) duked it out for second, with Hanneman edging Scott by a boot. Scott, the qualifier winner by six-tenths of a second over teammate Sylvan Ellefson, won his quarterfinal and semifinal as well leading up to the final.
Following Scott, Pierre Guedon (University of Denver) placed fourth, Sam Naney (Methow Olympic Development) was fifth, and Dmitriy Ozerskiy (CXC) sixth.