KETCHUM, Idaho (March 26, 2015) – Caitlin Gregg (Minneapolis, MN) closed out the 2015 season with a National Championship in the 30k event held at the Galena Lodge above Ketchum, Idaho. It was Gregg’s second U.S. 30k title in as many years, both won with convincing margins after fast starts. The course, a short softening loop in warm conditions made for a particularly brutal course, though Gregg skied away without ever appearing distressed. Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) and Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) rounded out the women’s podium.
Cailtin Gregg (bib 104) lights out at the start of today's 30k mass start event near Ketchum, Idaho. Gregg took the title ahead of Liz Stephen and Sadie Bjornsen. Noah Hoffman won the men's 50k title. (Flyingpoint Photo)
On the men’s side, Noah Hoffman (Apsen, CO) finished as the first American to claim a National championship in front of Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA). Hoffman and Bjornsen were third and fourth overall behind Canadian National Team member, Ivan Babikov and Norwegian, Rune Odegaard, competing for the University of Colorado. The race remained as a tight pack until late in the lap count at which point Babikov broke open the field on the warming track for the win.