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Predicted Sub-Zero Temps Move U.S. Nationals Sprint to Tuesday

Rosie Brennan (APU) leads Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) shortly after getting a replacement pole around 4 k into the women's 10 k freestyle at U.S. nationals on Sunday in Houghton, Mich. Temperatures hovered just above zero during the women's race.

Rosie Brennan (APU) leads Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) shortly after getting a replacement pole around 4 k into the women’s 10 k freestyle at U.S. nationals on Sunday in Houghton, Mich. Temperatures hovered just above zero during the women’s race.

HOUGHTON, Mich. — The second set of races at U.S. Cross Country Championships in Houghton — the classic sprint — won’t happen until Tuesday, according to an official-race announcement emailed during the women’s 10-kilometer freestyle on Sunday afternoon.

The 1.5 k sprint was originally scheduled for Monday, but predicted temperatures around -4 degrees Fahrenheit and a windchill in the negative double digits led organizers to move it to Tuesday, with temperatures warming back up into at least the single digits and less wind in the forecast.

It was 4 degrees during the men’s 15 k freestyle at 10 a.m. Sunday and cooled to around 1 degree for the women’s race, which started at 1 p.m. Snow fell heavily at times during both races.

The start times for Tuesday’s sprint remain unchanged, with the women’s qualifier at 10 a.m., followed by the men’s qualifier at 11 a.m. The women’s heats start at 12:30 p.m. and the men’s heats begin at 1 p.m., followed by the junior heats at 2:35 p.m.

For more info, visit www.nordicchampionship.org

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