|FAIRBANKS, Alaska (March 30) - Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) added another national title to her resume this weekend winning the women's 30K U.S. Cross Country Distance Championships on Sunday in Fairbanks. |
Morgan Arritola (Ketchum, ID), who also finished second in Friday's pursuit competition, earned silver again.
"Overall I am really pleased. For the ladies side it was great, I was really happy with that," said Cross Country Head Coach Peter Vordenberg. "They showed that the training that they do is really bringing them right along."
Stephen, a Westminster College student who's had an incredible season including a bronze in the 15K mass start during the Under-23 Championships in Italy, was happy to be able to finish off her season with two national titles.
"I feel like it's been a pretty good season and it's always nice to end things on a good note. I think it's a great way to end the season. I'm in a really good place right now for sure.," Stephen said. "These really were some of my favorite events so to be able to come out here and do this well is really special and it means a lot to me."
Voredenberg attributed much of Stephen's success this season to her training regimen.
"I think the training she's been doing with the team has really helped. She's a talented hard working athlete," Vordenberg said.
"I'm out there training every day in the summer with a coach and it's done huge things for me," Stephen said. "I think it makes me excel. All the coaches care so much for each athlete."
"The organizers and the committee up here in Fairbanks did an amazing job. It's probably the best place in America to ski right now."
The U.S. Ski Team's Torin Koos (Leavenworth, WA) finished fourth.
The U.S. Cross Country Distance Championships bring the 2008 cross country season to a close.
U.S. CROSS COUNTRY DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Fairbanks, Alaska - March 30, 2008
1. Liz Stephen, East Montpelier, VT, 1:38:48.6
2. Morgan Arritola, Ketchum, ID, 1:40:20.0
3. Kristina Strandberg, Anchorage, AK, 1:41:19.2
4. Kasandra Rice, Anchorage, AK, 1:41:52.6
5. Kristina Owen, Houghton, MI, 1:41:56.8
6. Sigrid Aas, Norway, 1:42:09.9
7. Laura Valaas, Wenatchee, WA, 1:42:49.0
8. Nicole Deyong, Ketchum, ID, 1:43:14.4
9. Lindsay Williams, Marquette, MI, 1:44:32.8
10. Lindsey Weier Dehlin, Mahtomedi, MN, 1:46:05.5
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