Looking Back at the 2016 U.S. Championships

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Six CXC Team athletes competed at the 2016 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships presented by L.L. Bean January 3 – 9 on the Michigan Tech Trails in Houghton, Michigan.

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The team was led by Kyle Bratrud, who had a top 20 finish in the men’s 15k classic individual start and a top ten finish in the men’s 30k skate mass start. From these efforts Bratrud was one of the top U23’s in the field, which earned him a spot on one of the coveted USSA international trips. Bratrud will be representing the U.S. in Rasnov, Romania February 18-29, 2016 for the FIS U23 Championships. This will be Bratrud’s second year making the U23 team, last year he competed in Almaty, Kazakhstan and then skied in the World Championships team relay in Falun, Sweden. Nick Power also competed in the men’s 15k classic and and freestyle sprint races. This is Power’s first year competing on the CXC Team.

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“My results at U.S. Championships were not what I was hoping for due to being sick all week and I feel I never got a chance to show off my true form and ability. Said Bratrud. Despite the major setbacks, I was able to qualify for U23s which was my ultimate goal. Moving forward, I hope to get healthy again and rediscover my form so I can get a top ten finish at U23s.”

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In the women’s competitions, several CXC Team members had solid finishes throughout the week. Abigail Drach and Natalia Naryshkina were in the top 30 in the 10k classic individual start, finishing 27th and 29th respectively and Nichole Bathe was just out of reach of a top 30 spot finishing 31st.

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Alice Flanders earned a top 15 in the 20k freestyle mass start finishing in 14th and Abigail Drach was in the top ten for the junior’s 5k race, finishing 9th overall. In the classic sprints, Natalia Naryskina was sixth overall as she advanced to the finals from the semifinals as the lucky loser and Nichole Bathe qualified for the quarterfinal heats but did not advance any further.

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Further results can be found on the Superior Timing website. 

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