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

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Kate Courtney (Specialized) takes the U-23 victory

Kate Courtney (Specialized) takes the U-23 victory
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Whole Athlete juniors on the front row

Whole Athlete juniors on the front row
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Kate Courtney (Specialized)

Kate Courtney (Specialized)
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U-23 Women at the start

U-23 Women at the start
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) takes the lead and never looks back

Kate Courtney (Specialized) takes the lead and never looks back
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) leads the women onto the course

Kate Courtney (Specialized) leads the women onto the course
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) with a gap shortly after the start

Kate Courtney (Specialized) with a gap shortly after the start
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Ksenia Chavez wasted no time in taking the lead

Ksenia Chavez wasted no time in taking the lead
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Haley Batten (Whole Athlete) at the start went on to catch the 17-18 field

Haley Batten (Whole Athlete) at the start went on to catch the 17-18 field
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Kayless Blevins (Trek) at one of the drops

Kayless Blevins (Trek) at one of the drops
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Emily Shields (BMC) about to take a digger

Emily Shields (BMC) about to take a digger
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Emily Shields (BMC) survived this crash without injuring herself

Emily Shields (BMC) survived this crash without injuring herself
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Ellen Noble (Trek) descending the ski hill

Ellen Noble (Trek) descending the ski hill
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A riders criss-crosses the ski hill

A riders criss-crosses the ski hill
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Haley Batten (Whole Athlete) may have had the most impressive win of the day

Haley Batten (Whole Athlete) may have had the most impressive win of the day
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Haley Batten (Whole Athlete) was pleased with her national championship

Haley Batten (Whole Athlete) was pleased with her national championship
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) at the finish

Kate Courtney (Specialized) at the finish
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Shayna Powless (BMC)

Shayna Powless (BMC)
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Ellen Noble (Trek) and her Mom

Ellen Noble (Trek) and her Mom
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Kate Courtney, Kaylee Blevins, and Shayna Powless at the finish

Kate Courtney, Kaylee Blevins, and Shayna Powless at the finish
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) with the race lead after one lap

Kate Courtney (Specialized) with the race lead after one lap
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Shayna Powless (BMC) racing in second place

Shayna Powless (BMC) racing in second place
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Kaylee Blevins (Trek) riding in fourth position after one lap

Kaylee Blevins (Trek) riding in fourth position after one lap
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Ellen Noble (Trek) on a fast descent

Ellen Noble (Trek) on a fast descent
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X-Terra althete Hanna Finchamp (Luna)

X-Terra althete Hanna Finchamp (Luna)
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Ksenia Lepikhina on her way to winning the 17-18 race

Ksenia Lepikhina on her way to winning the 17-18 race
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Juniors on a steep descent

Juniors on a steep descent
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) handling a drop cleanly

Kate Courtney (Specialized) handling a drop cleanly
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) descending the Bear Creek ski hill

Kate Courtney (Specialized) descending the Bear Creek ski hill
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Shayna Powless (BMC) trying to keep Courtney in sight

Shayna Powless (BMC) trying to keep Courtney in sight
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Libby White (UVM) putting in a solid ride

Libby White (UVM) putting in a solid ride
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Haley Batten (Whole Athlete) racing to victory in the 15-16 race

Haley Batten (Whole Athlete) racing to victory in the 15-16 race
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Kelsey Urban (Whole Athlete) racing to second place in the 15-16 race

Kelsey Urban (Whole Athlete) racing to second place in the 15-16 race
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Cassie Ross having descending through the trees

Cassie Ross having descending through the trees
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Ksenia Chavez on steep singletrack

Ksenia Chavez on steep singletrack
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Emily Shields (BMC) riding well after a very bad crash

Emily Shields (BMC) riding well after a very bad crash
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Shayna Powless and Kate Courtney embrace at the finish

Shayna Powless and Kate Courtney embrace at the finish
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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.

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) TeamResult
1Kate Courtney (Specialized)1:31:13
2Shayna Powless0:00:59
3Kaylee Blevins (Bear Development Team)0:03:07
4Ellen Noble (Bear Development Team)0:05:41
5Emily Shields0:06:09
6Lauren Catlin (Bear Development Team)0:10:29
7Hannah Finchamp (Team LUNA Chix)0:11:10
8Elizabeth White (University of Vermont)0:12:20
9Emily Schaldach0:18:34
-1lapGinny Jeppi (C3-Twenty20cycling.com)
-1lapNathalie Krantz
-2lapsMichelle Khare
-2lapsCaroline Woods
DNFElizabeth Lurz
DNFBriana Heintzelman (South Mountain Cycle & Cafe)

Junior 17-18 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ksenia Lepikhina1:17:22
2Cassie Ross (Kryki Sports)0:00:03
3Shea Chavez0:01:59
4Melissa Seib (Bikeman.com)0:04:31
5Jessica Kruse (Team Bulldog)0:06:53
6Angelina Palermo (Top Gear Racing)0:11:43
7Rachael Jensen (RACC pb GG)0:15:53
DNFNadina Junuzovic (787 Racing)

Junior 15-16 women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Haley Batten (Whole Athlete / Specialized)1:10:08
2Kelsey Urban (Whole Athlete / Specialized)0:01:03
3Sienna Leger Redel (Summit Utah Devo)0:06:34
4Veda Gerasimek (Whole Athlete / Specialized)0:07:55
5Kyra Jackson0:15:40
6Jessie Linder (Get Out! New Mexico)0:17:54
7Mason Hopkins (Tradewinds Racing)0:26:56
-1lapEmma Drummond (Hammer Nutrition)

 

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