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July 18, Under 23 women and Cat. 1 Junior women 15-18 cross country:

Courtney solos to Under 23 women's cross country win at US Nationals

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Cycling News
Published:
July 18, 2014, 18:23 BST,
Updated:
July 19, 2014, 18:26 BST

Lepikhina and Batten earn junior titles

Kate Courtney (Specialized) raced to a decisive win in the under 23 women's cross country race, which opened up the day's action at the US Cross Country Mountain Bike National Championships at Bear Creek Resort in Macungie, Pennsylvania. Courtney finished ahead of Shayna Powless and Kaylee Blevins (Bear Development Team).

“There was a little bit of rain earlier in the week, so I think made it a little more fun and difficult for everyone,” Courtney said. “It was definitely a challenging course and worthy (to be) the National Championships course.

“I think it’s a really great accomplishment for me and I’m really excited about it.”

Amongst the U23 action that highlighted the early hours of the day's racing was a compelling series of juniors races, beginning with the category 1 women’s 17-18 contest. Ksenia Lepikhina just edged silver medalist Cassie Ross (Kryki Sports) in 1:17:22, besting Ross’ 1:17:25 effort by three seconds. Shea Chavez took bronze in 1:19:21.

The category 1 women’s 15-16 field was decided by Haley Batten’s (/Whole Athlete-Specialized) 1:10:08 clip, which was contested by teammate Kelsey Urban (Whole Athlete-Specialized), who finished in 1:11:11. Sienna Leger Redel (Summit Utah Devo) wrapped up third in 1:16:42.

Results

U23 women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kate Courtney (Specialized) 1:31:13  
2 Shayna Powless 0:00:59  
3 Kaylee Blevins (Bear Development Team) 0:03:07  
4 Ellen Noble (Bear Development Team) 0:05:41  
5 Emily Shields 0:06:09  
6 Lauren Catlin (Bear Development Team) 0:10:29  
7 Hannah Finchamp (Team LUNA Chix) 0:11:10  
8 Elizabeth White (University of Vermont) 0:12:20  
9 Emily Schaldach 0:18:34  
-1lap Ginny Jeppi (C3-Twenty20cycling.com)    
-1lap Nathalie Krantz    
-2laps Michelle Khare    
-2laps Caroline Woods    
DNF Elizabeth Lurz    
DNF Briana Heintzelman (South Mountain Cycle & Cafe)    
Junior 17-18 women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ksenia Lepikhina 1:17:22  
2 Cassie Ross (Kryki Sports) 0:00:03  
3 Shea Chavez 0:01:59  
4 Melissa Seib (Bikeman.com) 0:04:31  
5 Jessica Kruse (Team Bulldog) 0:06:53  
6 Angelina Palermo (Top Gear Racing) 0:11:43  
7 Rachael Jensen (RACC pb GG) 0:15:53  
DNF Nadina Junuzovic (787 Racing)    
Junior 15-16 women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Haley Batten (Whole Athlete / Specialized) 1:10:08  
2 Kelsey Urban (Whole Athlete / Specialized) 0:01:03  
3 Sienna Leger Redel (Summit Utah Devo) 0:06:34  
4 Veda Gerasimek (Whole Athlete / Specialized) 0:07:55  
5 Kyra Jackson 0:15:40  
6 Jessie Linder (Get Out! New Mexico) 0:17:54  
7 Mason Hopkins (Tradewinds Racing) 0:26:56  
-1lap Emma Drummond (Hammer Nutrition)