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U.S. Nationals: Burkholder Tops Stevens in Junior Women’s Classic Sprint

MIDWAY, Utah — Gretchen Burkholder, 17, of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club executed to perfection on Friday in the 1.5-kilometer classic sprint at U.S. Cross Country Championships, qualifying as the top junior woman (outside the senior top 30) then winning her quarterfinal and semifinal to make the A-final, where she ultimately beat Alaska’s Hannah Stevens on the final day of racing at Soldier Hollow.

Stevens placed second, ahead of Australian Katerina Paul in third. Ann Spencer of Alaska Pacific University placed fourth, Hannah Hardenbergh (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) was fifth, and Cara Piske (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) finished sixth in the A-final.