Cross Country: Randall, Freeman win U.S. titles
ANCHORAGE (Jan. 4) – Two of the winningest skiers in U.S. Ski team history continued to rack up titles Monday at the ConocoPhillips U.S. Cross Country Championships in Anchorage. Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) won her second of the week for 12 career championships taking the women’s 10K freestyle race. Veteran Kris Freeman (Andover, NH) picked up his 13th career title with a win in the men’s 15K.
Freeman let others set the early pace before moving into the lead. He covered the 15K’s in 37:17.6 for a 24.5 second margin over Team CXC’s Tad Elliott (Durango, CO) who took silver. APU Nordic Ski Center athlete James Southam (Anchorage) was third, 57.6 seconds behind Freeman.
Randall took her second straight win of the week with a 10 second victory over Go! Training’s Caitlin Compton (Minneapolis), the early leader. The U.S. Ski Team’s Liz Stephen (Montpelier, VT) was third.
The Championships continue on Wednesday with a men’s 30K classic technique mass start, and a women’s 20K. The event concludes Friday with classic sprints.
2010 ConocoPhillips U.S. Cross Country Championships
Anchorage – Jan. 4, 2010
Men’s 15K Freestyle
1. Kris Freeman, Andover, NH, 37:17.6
2. Tad Elliott, Durango, CO, 37:42.1
3. James Southam, Anchorage, 38:15.2
Women’s 10K Freestyle
1. Kikkan Randall, Anchorage, 28:40.1
2. Caitlin Copmton, Minneapolis, 28:50.5
3. Liz Stephen, Montpelier, VT, 29:03.7