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Gregg Nabs Top Spot in Nationals 10 k; APU Places Three in Top-5

Caitlin Gregg (l) of Team Gregg/Madshus leads Rosie Brennan (r) of APU. Gregg ultimately finished first while Brennan ended her day in third.

Caitlin Gregg (l) of Team Gregg/Madshus leads Rosie Brennan (r) of APU. Gregg ultimately finished first while Brennan ended her day in third.

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) outlasted blowing wind, chilling temperatures, and strong competition to win Sunday’s 10 k freestyle at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships. After spending the fall in Europe on the World Cup circuit, Gregg returned to domestic racing and held her own against a strong Alaska Pacific University women’s team including Chelsea Holmes and Rosie Brennan.

With a time of 30:31.5 Gregg finished 12.1 seconds ahead of Holmes, who also placed second to Gregg in 2014 at the U.S. nationals 30 k mass start in Soldier Hollow. In third place was Brennan (+12.7). Brennan broke a pole in the first kilometers of the race and skied the first 4 k with a mismatched pole until coach Erik Flora gave her a new one. Gregg who started two places behind her, eventually caught Brennan and the two skied together through the mid-section of the race. While Brennan was able to pull away from Gregg in the final laps, she was unable overcome the deficit.

Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) and Jessica Yeaton (APU) finished fourth and fifth.

Racing continues Tuesday with the re-schueduled 1.5 k classic sprint.

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  1. Unbelievable that there is no mention of the amazingly consistent performance of U18 K. Ogden in 6th place. If the USA made a much bigger effort to find extremely talented XC skiers before they are financially supported by Soccer, Field hockey, gymnastics or the IVY League the USA would be extremely competitive on the World Cup in XC skiing. Unfortunately, the USA still relies on old money and old skiing connections for USA recruitment. Please, go find the best young athletes and encourage them. Please stop waiting for a wealthy family to produce a “passable” USA international “not quite competitive” competitor. Time for enhancing the sport nation wide where the huge numbers will find extremely competitive talents. Limiting the talent pool to those already identified is limiting the USA teams chances of success.