PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (March 30) - Kris Freeman (Andover, NH) earned his
third U.S. title of the season Friday - and his ninth overall - while
Taz Mannix (Anchorage, AK) collected the first of her career in the
pursuit races opening the last phase of the U.S. Cross Country
Championships at the Nordic Heritage Center.
The long-distance races from the championship are doubling as SuperTour Finals.
Freeman led the 15K classic technique stage of the 30K race by nearly a
minute and went on through the 15K freestyle portion to win in
1:12.23.6. Garrott Kuzzy (Hayward, WI) was silver medalist with a time
of 1:13.17.5 and Torin Koos (Leavenworth, WA), who earned his first
World Cup podium - in a sprint - this season, was third.
Mannix won the women's 15K pursuit with a total time of 41:05.0. Liz
Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) was second and Lindsay Williams
(Hastings, MN) third.
At the U.S. championships, only U.S. skiers are eligible for medals. Foreign skiers are listed in the Guest Class category.