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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.

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