The first day of the Junior National Qualifier race at the Boyne Valley Lodge in Walloon Lake is over. The day started with freestyle sprint prelims: a 1km freestyle loop with the top 24 males and females moving on to the elimination rounds.
Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk remained in the Tour de Ski lead with a comfortable win in the 15k freestyle pursuit, but the field closed the gap with Sweden's Charlotte Kalla 23.3 back and Therese Haug of Norway 28.7 back.
The region will look to continue some of the momentum they gained in the NCAA championships last year when the CCSA finally regained a place atop the podium as Northern Michigan’s Erik Soderman captured the national championship in the men’s 10k skate.
Torin Koos (Wenatchee, WA) of Northern Bridger Ski Foundation and Jennie Bender (Johnson, VT) of CXC Elite took classic sprint titles on opening day of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships on the Olympic trails at Soldier Hollow.