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CXC Team dominates freestyle at Mt Itasca SuperTour

Mon, Jan  26, 2009 - By CXC Skiing

Mathew Liebsch led a CXC men’s sweep of the podium in the 10km Freestyle ahead of teammates Brian Gregg and Bryan Cook. Splits had Gregg and Liebsch tied at 4km but Liebsch built an 18 second lead on the second lap to win his first SuperTour. Cook who is known to be a strong finisher closed to just 3 seconds behind Gregg. The CXC trio finished 40 seconds ahead of fourth place, Canadian Luke Vilakinen (NTDC/Big Thunder Nordic). Santiago Ocariz of University of Wisconsin Green Bay continues his strong season posting the top collegiate time.

Caitlin Compton of CXC led from the wand to win the Women’s race by a minute. Although the race was interval start Compton crossed the line in an exciting sprint finish ahead of CXC teammates Kristina Owen (8th) and Maria Stuber (5th). Kristina Strandberg (Saab/Salomon) finished second with a 50 second gap on third place Lindsey Dehlin (USST). Kelly Chaudoin of Gustavus Adolphus won her first collegiate race, nearly a minute ahead of the next college skier.

Results available at http://www.skinnyski.com/racing/results/2009/mtitasca-sunday.pdf