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UNH Carnival Freestyle Races Video

A closer look at the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) 15/20-kilometer freestyle races on Saturday, Jan. 25, courtesy of Holly Hart. The University of New Hampshire held its Carnival at the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation in Jackson, N.H. For a complete report, click here.

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Dartmouth Skis to Strong Finish in UNH Carnival, Unable to Overcome UVM

The Dartmouth College cross country ski team was dominant in the freestyle mass starts in the final day of the University of New Hampshire Carnival this past Saturday in Jackson, New Hampshire. In the women’s 15 k Dartmouth earned 127 points over the University of Vermont’s 102. Middlebury College came in third with 90 points. Despite Dartmouth’s win, Anja Gruber (UVM) was on top of the podium for the second day in a row, blowing past the rest of the women’s field with a time of 41:30.4. She was followed by Dartmouth’s Annie Hart (+1:15.0) and UVM’s Linda Danvind-Malm (+1:17.4).

In the men’s 20 k, Dartmouth earned 132 points over Laval University’s 85 points. The University of Vermont came in third with 84 points. Dartmouth’s Silas Talbot (49:03.0) narrowly won over teammate Fabian Stocek, who finished just 0.1 seconds back. UVM’s Rogan Brown finished third, 1.7 seconds back.

After two days of racing, UVM was able to maintain it’s overall lead and take the UNH Carnival. EISA racing continues next weekend with the UVM Carnival, set to take place at the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.


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Vermont’s Gruber and Grav Claim Classical Crowns at UNH Carnival

EISA action continued on Friday as the UNH team played host in Jackson, New Hampshire for the women’s 5 k and men’s 10 k classic races.

In the women’s race it was Vermont’s Anja Gruber who posted the fasted time in 14:09.7 with teammate Linda Danvind-malm finishing 15 seconds off the pace in second and Dartmouth’s Annie Hart skied to third 24 seconds down.

The field also saw  non-collegiate racers toe the line with Caitlin Patterson (CGRP) posting the second fastest time of the day, nine seconds off the mark set by Gruber.  Katharine Ogden (SMS) and Erika Flowers (SMS-T2) posted fast times as well coming to the line in fourth and fifth places respectively.

In the men’s race it was Jorgen Grav (UVM) who blazed his way around the course to win by almost 30 seconds in a time of 24:57.2.  Silas Talbot came to the finish for the Big Green of Dartmouth for second, 27 seconds off the mark and Per Lindgren skied his home course 34 seconds behind capturing third place for UNH.

Eric Packer (SMS-T2) posted the fastest non-collegiate time finishing in 25:31.7, the third fastest time of the day.


Complete Results



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EISA Action Gets Started at the Colby Carnival

The Eastern collegiate season got underway at the Colby College Winter Carnival with the men skiing 10 k and the women skiing 5 k, both in the classic technique.

The University of Vermont’s Anja Gruber took top honors in the women’s race with a time of 12:38.1 with Dartmouth’s Annie Hart 20 seconds slower in second while UVM’s Stephanie Kirk rounded out the top-three 50 seconds off the day’s fastest time.

In the men’s race it was Silas Talbot skiing for the Big Green of Dartmouth who paced the field in 31:00.1. Middlebury’s Ben Lustgarten came to the line 34 seconds off the mark with Maine Winter Sports Center’s Welly Ramsey just two seconds slower and Dartmouth’s David Sinclair, who finished 47 seconds behind his teammate Talbot, claimed the final step on the collegiate podium.

Action at the Colby Carnival continues today with freestyle races, the women competing for 10 k and the men for 15 k.



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Mallory Joins UVM Coaching Staff

Following the departure of Andrew Johnson for the head coaching job at Middlebury College, University of Vermont nordic head coach Patrick Weaver announced on Monday that Chris Mallory will be the new assistant coach for the Catamounts next season.

From the UVM press release:

Colchester, Vt. native and a former Vermont High School Nordic Skiing State Champion Chris Mallory has been hired as an assistant coach with the University of Vermont Nordic Ski Team.  Head coach Patrick Weaver made the announcement today.
Mallory spent the last eight years working in Sun Valley, Idaho with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. He started out as a development team coach in 2006-07 and moved up to a head post-graduate coach in 2010. 
While with the foundation, his responsibilities included coaching and teaching athletes 8-21 years old, implementing year round training programs for the competitive and post-graduate teams, and organizing summer training programs for visiting collegiate athletes.
“I am excited and feel very fortunate that Chris will be joining us next year. He comes to UVM from one of the top clubs in the country and I look forward to implementing his experience with our program. Chris grew up in this area and it feels good to bring a Vermonter back home,” said Weaver.
For the past three years, he has served as a service technician for the U.S. Ski Team at the World Junior/U23 Championships. At the 2013 championships he was promoted to the head service technician for the U.S. squad.
A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Mallory earned a spot on the Wildcats’ NCAA squad all four years and was a two-time captain. He earned All-EISA honors twice and was a two-time Academic All-American during his collegiate career.

The Catamounts finished third at the 2013 NCAA Championships and nordic skier Anja Gruber won an invidiual national title in the women’s 5k classic race.



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UVM Women’s Team Aids Rescue in the Adirondacks

Members of the University of Vermont (UVM) women’s nordic ski team got more than they bargained for while backcountry skiing on Dix Mountain near Keene Valley, N.Y., on Saturday, helping to evacuate a snowshoer who injured her ankle.

According to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the group was skiing the mountain’s slides five or six miles into the woods and below the snowshoers when they heard about the injury. Julie Rheaumb, 30, of Montreal, Quebec, slid and injured her ankle that morning, and members of her party used a cell phone to call the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s dispatch center. Seven forest rangers and a state police helicopter responded, with some rangers heading out on foot and Forest Ranger Kevin Burns flying in via helicopter.

Burns was lowered near the side of the slide to reach Rheaumb, and he created a makeshift sled from ski poles, skins, a harness, and rope to keep her leg elevated. With the UVM contingent, including Janey McClelland, her father Scott, and Scott’s brother Vinny, who owns The Mountaineer outfitter shop in Keene Valley, the group worked together to move her to a clearing.

Rheaumb was evacuated by helicopter and transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for medical attention.

As witnessed by FasterSkier, the UVM group completed its journey around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with a couple women having enough energy to race each other to the parking lot. Coming off a third-place finish at NCAA Championships in early March, Vinny McClelland said they were having a fun end-of-season outing.

“It was full-on winter conditions up there,” McClelland said. “It was powder skiing.”

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Johnson Named New Middlebury Head Coach

Middlebury College announced on Tuesday that its search for a new nordic ski coach concluded following Andrew Gardner’s decision to leave the position earlier this season. Andrew Johnson, who has been an assistant coach at the University of Vermont for three years, will take over the program starting next season. Below is the official press release from the college:


Former Middlebury skier and two-time U.S. Olympian Andrew Johnson has been named the new head coach of the nordic ski program at Middlebury College. Johnson comes to Middlebury from the University of Vermont, where he served as an assistant coach for the past three years, helping the Catamounts to the 2012 NCAA title.

“I couldn’t be happier to be joining the Middlebury athletic department and ski team,” said Johnson. “The strong culture and history of skiing at Middlebury makes it a unique place to be, both for students and as a coach.”
Before joining the Catamounts, Johnson was an assistant nordic coach at the University of Utah during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. While at Utah, he earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies.
“We are thrilled to welcome Andrew Johnson back to Middlebury to take over as the head coach of the nordic skiing program,” said Director of Athletics Erin Quinn. “Andrew brings a wealth of skiing experience at the highest levels of the sport, as well as excellent coaching experience.  Most importantly, he is an outstanding teacher and his philosophies of coaching and building teams will be an excellent fit with Middlebury College.”
A native of Greensboro, Vermont, Johnson was a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1999-2007. He competed in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy. He also competed in the Nordic World Ski Championships in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Johnson was the U.S. National Champion in cross-country skiing in 2005 and 2006.
Johnson began his career at Middlebury College where he was a three-time NCAA All-American from 1997-99 under head coach Terry Aldrich. He was the U.S. Junior National Champion in cross-country skiing in 1996.

“Middlebury’s demonstrated commitment to skiing coupled with its outstanding campus facilities and impressive upgrades at Rikert Nordic Center make it an ideal place to be,” added Johnson. “Having attended Middlebury College and skied for the program, it’s a bit of a dream come true to be able to return and help lead the ski team into its next chapter.”

Link to press release.



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Patterson, O’Connell tops in Bates Carnival Classic Race

Scott Patterson (UVM) continued his EISA dominance, winning the men’s 10km classic by just two seconds over Dartmouth’s Sam Tarling.

Benjamin Lustgarten (MID) was third another 5.3 seconds back.

Patterson won for an impressive sixth time this season. Tarling, with two victories of his own, placed second to Patterson for the fourth time.

IN the women’s race, Mary O’Connell capture her second victory of the season and first in classic. She edged Annie Pokorny by 1.7 seconds in the women’s 5k classic.

Emily Blackmer (DAR) was third, 22 seconds behind O’Connell.

Men’s Results (PDF)

Women’s Results (PDF)

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Video from EISA Middlebury Carnival

Holly Hart kindly submitted the following video of the 15/20k freestyle mass start races held Sunday at the Rickert Touring Center as part of the Middlebury Carnival. Full coverage of the weekend of racing can be found here.

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Patterson, O’Connell Take Middlebury Mass Start Freestyle

Scott Patterson (UVM) continued his skate race streak on Saturday at the Middlebury carnival, taking the men’s 20 k mass start freestyle at the Rikert Nordic Center by a gaping 56 seconds over Dartmouth’s Sam Tarling to finish in 45:13.7. Scott Lacy (DAR) was third (+1:03).

Dartmouth freshman Mary O’Connell mixed up the women’s podium in the 15 k — she bested UVM’s Anja Gruber by 17 seconds, finishing in 39:35.0. Linda Danvind-Malm (UVM) was third (+0:46).

Men’s 20 k Freestyle mass start – Top 10

1. Scott Patterson (UVM) 45:13

2. Sam Tarling (DAR) 46:09

3. Scott Lacy (DAR) 46:16

4. Ben Lustgarten (MID) 46:17

5. Rogan Brown (UVM) 46:18

6. Peter Hegman (UVM) 46:32

7. Will Wicherski (WIL) 46:36

8. Silas Talbot (DAR) 47:12

9. David Sinclair (DAR) 47:15

10. Cameron Woodworth (DAR) 47:17



Women’s 15 k Freestyle mass start – Top 10

1. Mary O’Connell (DAR) 39:35

2. Anja Gruber (UVM) 39:52

3. Linda Danvind-Malm (UVM) 40:21

4. Annie Hart (DAR) 40:50

5. Stephanie Kirk (UVM) 41:06

6. Jane McClelland (UVM) 41:20

7. Catherine Auclair (LAV) 41:24

8. Annie Pokorny (MID) 41:25

9. Carly Wynn (DAR) 41:40

10. Anya Bean (UNH) 41:49


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Tarling, Pokorny Win 5/10 k Classic at Middlebury

Sam Tarling (Dartmouth) and Annie Pokorny (Middlebury) won the opening classic races at the Middlebury carnival on Friday at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vt.

Tarling won the men’s 10 k by 7.6 seconds over Dartmouth teammate Silas Talbot, and Scott Patterson (UVM) took third 16 seconds back.

Pokorny bested Laval’s Catherine Auclair by 19 seconds in the 5 k for her victory in the women’s race. Anja Gruber (UVM) finished third (+0:20).


Men’s 10 k Classic – Top 10

1. Sam Tarling (DAR) 25:36

2. Silas Talbot (DAR) 25:44

3. Scott Patterson (UVM) 25:52

4. Will Wicherski (WIL) 26:13

5. Ben Lustgarten (MID) 26:25

6. David Sinclair (DAR) 26:27

7. Dylan Grald (UVM) 26:35

8. Scott Lacy (DAR) 26:42

9. Peter Hegman (UVM) 26:48

10. Rogan Brown (UVM) 26:56



Women’s 5 k Classic – Top 10

1. Annie Pokorny (MID) 15:32

2. Catherine Auclair (LAV) 15:51

3. Anja Gruber (UVM) 15:52.6

4. Annie Hart (DAR) 15:52.9

5. Linda Danvind-Malm (UVM) 15:58

6. Corey Stock (DAR) 16:10

7. Stephanie Kirk (UVM) 16:11

8. Jane McClelland (UVM) 16:20

9. Kaitlynn Miller (BOW) 16:24

10. Myriam Paquette (LAV) 16:28




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Tarling and Hart Win EISA 10k Classic

Sam Tarling and Annie Hart had a succesful return to collegiate racing this weekend. The Dartmouth duo followed up podium appearances in Saturday’s skate race with wins in the men’s and women’s 10k classic on the final day of the University of Vermont Carnival.

Tarling bested UVM’s Scott Patterson by 10 seconds. Patterson had won four of five EISA races up until today.

Benjamin Lustgarten (MID) was third, seven seconds behind Patterson.

Hart, who was third on Saturday moved up to the top spot, unseating skate winner Annie Pokorny (MID), who placed second, just under seven seconds back.

Anja Gruber (UVM) was third, 13 seconds down on Hart.

Both Hart and Tarling are racing on the collegiate circuit for the first time this year after reutrning fmor thr World Junior/U23 Championships in Liberec Czech Republic.

Tarling was second behind Patterson yesterday.

Pokorny, another World Junior/U23 returnee had an equally impressive weekend with a first and a second.

In the overall, UVM edged out Dartmouth by a mere eight points, 868 to 860.

Dartmouth won every nordic event, but was not as strong on the alpine side.

Men’s Results

Women’s Results

Team Scores

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Patterson, Pokorny Take UVM Carnival Day 1 Titles

Scott Patterson (UVM) continued to roll, winning for the fourth time in five EISA races this season. Patterson finished 27 seconds ahead of Sam Tarling (DAR) in the men’s 10km freestyle in Stowe, Vermont.

Jordan Buetow (BAT) was third, another 20 seconds back.

Tarling, just back from the U23 Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, was contesting his first collegiate race of the season, and led an impressive five Dartmouth skiers in the top 10.

On the women’s side, Junior/U23 World Championship skiers filled the podium, led by Annie Pokorny (MID).

Dartmouth teammates Corey Stock and Annie Hart took second and third, seven and nine seconds back respectively in the women’s 5k event.

Racing continues today with a 10k classic event.

Men’s Results

Women’s Results


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Patterson, Taylor Wrap up Colby Carnival with Wins

Scott Patterson (UVM) and Annika Taylor (UNH) skied to victory on the final day of the Colby Carnival as EISA racing action continued in Waterville,  Maine.

Patterson continued his strong start to the season, winning for the third time in four season starts. He blew away the field in the men’s 20 k mass start freestyle, opening a gap of 1:14 on runner-up Steve Mangan of Dartmouth. Benjamin Lustgarten (MID), Saturday’s winner, outsprinted Rogan Brown (UVM) for third.

In the women’s race, Taylor moved up a spot from Saturday’s classic, edging teammate Anya Bean by just over four seconds.

Saturday’s victor, Anja Gruber (UVM), lost out to Bean in a sprint for the line, placing third.

Bowdoin’s Kaitlynn Miller was fourth for the second day in a row.

Men’s Results
Women’s Results

Patterson powering away to victory (Photo:

Mangan leading the chase group. (Photo:

Taylor celebrates her win (Photo:

Women’s podium with Colby mascot…yes…a white mule (Photo:

Taylor leading Gruber on a descent (Photo:

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Gruber, Lustgarten Take Day 1 Classic Races at Colby Carnival

EISA racing continues this weekend with a Saturday/Sunday affair, christening the Quarry Road Recreation Area trails with collegiate racing.

In the women’s 5k individual start classic, the University of Vermont’s Anja Gruber skied to a 10 second victory over Annika Taylor (UNH). Emily Blackmer (DAR) was third, another 14 seconds back.

Benjamin Lustgaren (MID) turned in a dominating performance in the men’s 10k event, posting a 29 seconds victory over Scott Lacy (DAR). Silas Talbot (DAR) was third, 36 seconds off the lead.

After the race, Bates College was presented with the Chummy Broomhall Cup, awarded by the Maine Winter Sports Center to the best men’s and women’s nordic program in Maine. Bates held on to the Cup after taking it from Colby College last season.

The President of host Colby, Bro Adams, was one of two forerunners for the race, along with Colby head coach Tracy Cote, who is currently on sabbatical.

Full race report to come at the conclusion of the weekend.

Women’s Results (PDF)
Men’s Results (PDF)

Gruber showing winning form (Photo:

Men’s winner Lustgarten on course (Photo:

Bates team hoisting the Chummy Broomhall Cup (Photo:

Scott Lacy on his way to second (Photo:

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Patterson 2-for-2 at SLU Carnival; Izzo Wins Women’s Prologue

Scott Patterson of the University of Vermont (UVM) won his second straight EISA race in as many days at the St. Lawrence University Winter Carnival on Saturday, topping the men’s 3 k freestyle prologue at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Patterson completed the course in 8 minutes flat and was followed by runner-up Jordan Buetow of Bates. Cole Morgen (UVM) placed third, 6.5 seconds behind his teammate.

Elizabeth Izzo of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) won the women’s 3 k race in 9:12.6. Anja Gruber (UVM) was exactly 1 second behind in second, and Carly Wynn of Dartmouth was third (+1.3).

Men’s results| Women’s results| Complete SLU Carnival results

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Patterson, Gruber Open EISA Series with 10/15 k Wins

The Catamounts topped the podium in both the men’s and women’s distance races at the St. Lawrence Winter Carnival on Saturday, with the University of Vermont’s Scott Patterson and Anja Gruber winning the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) opener at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y., after frigid temperatures delayed the start.

Patterson won the men’s 20 k freestyle by 2 minutes and 11.3 seconds in 45:54.5. Silas Talbot of Dartmouth College was second and Scott Lacy (Dartmouth) took third (+2:22.2).

The women’s 15 k freestyle turned out to be closer, with Gruber edging Anya Bean (University of New Hampshire) by 7.1 seconds with a winning time of 41:27.4. Annika Taylor (UNH) was third (+14.1) and UNH landed three in the top four (Elizabeth Izzo was fourth, 30.6 seconds behind Gruber.)

Top 10

Men’s 20 k 

1. Scott Patterson (UVM) 45:54.5

2. Silas Talbot (DAR) 48:05.8

3. Scott Lacy (DAR) 48:16.7

4. Rogan Brown (UVM) 48:20.7

5. Steven Mangan (DAR) 48:26.3

6. Patrick Caldwell* (Stratton) 48:29.5

7. David Sinclair (DAR) 48:40.2

8. Benjamin Lustgarten (MID) 48:43.8

9. Dylan Grald (UVM) 49:00.5

10. Peter Hegman (UVM) 49:23.9

Complete men’s results

Women’s 15 k

1. Anja Gruber (UVM) 41:27.4

2. Anya Bean (UNH) 41:34.5

3. Annika Taylor (UNH) 41:41.5

4. Elizabeth Izzo (UNH) 41:58.0

5. Kaitlynn Miller (BOW) 42:12.9

6. Carly Wynn (DAR) 42:13.5

7. Linda Danvind-Malm (UVM) 42:22.6

8. Hallie Grossman (BAT) 42:33.8

9. Jane McClelland (UVM) 42:35.9

10. Catherine Auclair (LAV) 42:46.9

Complete women’s results



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Gardner Announces Last Season with Middlebury

Andrew Gardner will leave his position as head coach of the Middlebury College Nordic Ski Team at the end of the 2012/2013 season, according to an announcement he posted on the team’s website Tuesday.

After seven years with the program, he’ll be leaving the school but not the area, Gardner wrote. This fall he decided to pursue his dream of opening a small communications business for “sport and sustainability focused clients” he’s consulted with over the years.

“It’s been a long and growing push of mine and one that I don’t want put off any longer,” he wrote of his company, Press Forward.” It is scary and exciting which feels about right.”

He wanted to let his team and prospective skiers know well ahead of time to make for a smooth transition.

“I told the team [Monday] afternoon and they were extremely kind and understanding,” he wrote. “To be clear, I don’t want some type of labored farewell tour or sad deal and I know the team will go about the business of skiing well in the months ahead as we lead up to hosting NCAAs!

“Change is tricky, but something that I need, in order to be fired up, to thrive. I’m proud of what I’ve done with the program putting together the big building blocks of support. That said, being with the kids has been the best part. That loss will be the largest change in my coming life, which is why I intend to soak up every bit of this season (and continue to follow from the sidelines for years to come.)”

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UVM’s Amy Glen Featured in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd

University of Vermont senior Amy Glen is featured in the Faces in the Crowd column of Sports Illustrated’s April 16 issue. The segment highlights her photo-finish win in the 15 k classic at this year’s NCAA Championships in Bozeman, Montana, in which Glen edged Dartmouth’s Sophie Caldwell by 0.1 of a second and a mere two inches. The victory was Glen’s first career collegiate win.

Screenshot of UVM's Amy Glen in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd. Photo:

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Garrec and Johnson Take Mass Starts at Middlebury Carninval in Slow Conditions

STOWE, Vermont – In challenging, slow conditions the second day of the Middlebury Winter Carnival brought a classic mass start to test the EISA skiers on the final day of the regular season.  When all was said and done, it was UVM’s Lucy Garrec that took the women’s title and once again Middlebury’s Patrick Johnson that climbed to the top of the men’s podium.

In ladies’ race Garrec, who finished in 1:05:12.1, brought a 20 second margin over Dartmouth’s Sophie Caldwell to the finish line.  UVM’s Amy Glen crossed next in 1:06:00.9 for third.  She was followed by the Big Green’s Isabel Caldwell and the University of New Hampshire’s Elizabeth Guiney, who finished fourth and fifth places respectively.

On the men’s side Johnson crossed the line in 1:19:34.5, twelve seconds faster than Dartmouth College’s Gordon Vermeer.  Vermeer, who led a trio of Big Green skiers, just out sprinted his teammate David Sinclair by only four-tenths of a second, while Alex Schulz was fourth.  UVM’s Franz Bernstein rounded out the top five.

EISA skiers who qualified for the NCAA Championship will next head to Bohart Ranch in Bozeman, Montana for the national championships.

Complete Results

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