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Scott Patterson and Rosie Brennan each won national titles on Tuesday as the Alaskan skiers swept the top three positions in the men’s and women’s distance events at the US Cross Country Championships in Soldier Hollow, Utah.
Patterson, who skis for the US Ski Team and the APU, won the men’s 30-kilometer race in 1: 13.25. APU’s David Norris and Hunter Wonders finished second and third respectively in the mass start event. Three other Alaskans, all with APU, were in the top 10: Zanden McMullen sixth, Garrett Butts eighth and Thomas O’Harra 10th.
Brennan, also with the US Ski Team and the APU, won the women’s 20km race in 53: 16.9. She was followed by her APU teammate Rosie Frankowski, also from Anchorage, in second, and Caitlin Patterson, who grew up in Anchorage and is now based in Vermont, in third. Patterson won the women’s sprint on Sunday.
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For Scott Patterson, Tuesday’s win follows a broken wrist over the summer.
“Personally, today has been a great validation of my fitness and my potential for the future,” he said via email. “I started the season a bit late where I wanted it following a fall from a mountain bike in August where I broke my wrist. I finally had the operation at the end of October when it became evident that my wrist was not healing. It wasn’t until the last week that I really felt my wrist was ready for a run.
Brennan, who grew up in Utah, led the entire race. She said it was great skiing in front of her family and friends before the Olympics in China next month.
“I felt pretty inspired after watching some great performances from the APU men this morning and it made me feel confident that our fitness was high and we could fend for ourselves,” she wrote. “I wanted to do my best to simulate World Cup races so I wanted to start out strong, then re-evaluate based on what others in the field have been doing and ultimately keep working to get a long, hard effort at altitude. which we didn’t have the chance to do at the World Cup this year. The course we raced played on my strength with a long gradual climb from the start so I felt I had to use that on each lap to continue building my strengths and doing my best to work on a relaxed and powerful ski the rest of the lap. “
[Full results. Watch the women’s race here. Men’s race here.]