Alaska's Kemppel takes 16th national skiing crown

Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2002

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Four-time Olympic skier Nina Kemppel and Carl Swenson ignored soft snow in 45-degree weather Monday to win skating races on the second day of racing here at the U.S. Cross Country Championships. Lars Flora of Alaska was third in the men's race and Kikkan Randall, another Alaskan, finished fourth in the women's competition.

Kemppel, the all-time U.S. titleholder from Anchorage, won her 16th national crown in the 15-kilometer race, winning in 44 minutes, 47 seconds. Czech Katerina Hanusova, who races for the University of Nevada, was second in 46:01.6, and Wendy Wagner of Park City, Utah, took third at 47:02.3.

Anchorage's Randall, who won Saturday sprint race, was just 13 seconds behind Wagner with a time of 47:15.4. Sixth was Aubrey Smith of Seward in 47:50.7.

In the men's 30K, Swenson took charge on the second lap and went on to his fifth U.S. title in 1:20.28.1. Justin Wadsworth of Bend, Ore., finished second in 1:21.04.0.

Flora, who won the national sprint title Saturday, was third in 1:21.14.6. In ninth place was Rob Whitney, who finished in 1:24.09.9. Both skiers are from Anchorage.

''I felt I went out conservatively. I thought I was saving something for the last lap, something for the end,'' said winner Swenson. ''But I wasn't. I was right -- there was nothing left.''

Racing resumes Wednesday with short-distance, classic technique races -- the 5K for women, and the 10K for men.

U.S. Cross Country Results

At Bozeman, Mont.


Men's 30K

1. Carl Swenson, Boulder, Colo., 1 hour, 20 minutes, 28.1 seconds.

2. Justin Wadsworth, Bend, Ore., 1:21.04.0.

3. Lars Flora, Anchorage, Alaska, 1:21.14.6.

4. Andrew Johnson, Greensboro, Vt., 1:22.16.2.

5. Nathan Schultz, Boulder, Colo., 1:22.29.1.

6. Pietro Broggini, Italy, 1:23.18.0.

7. Justin Freeman, Andover, N.H., 1:23.58.8.

8. John Bauer, Duluth, Minn., 1:23.58.9.

9. Rob Whitney, Anchorage, Alaska, 1:24.09.9.

10. Dave Gieck, Heber City, Utah, 1:24.16.5.

Women's 15K

1. Nina Kemppel, Anchorage, Alaska, 44:47.0.

2. Katerina Hanusova, Czech Republic, 46:01.6.

3. Wendy Wagner, Park City, Utah, 47:02.3.

4. Kikkan Randall, Anchorage, Alaska 47:15.4.

5. Melissa Oram, Taberg, N.Y., 47:25.4.

6. Aubrey Smith, Seward, Alaska, 47:50.7.

7. Unni Odegard, Boulder, Colo., 47:53.0.

8. Kristina Strandberg, Norway, 48:36.4.

9. Sarah Konrad, Laramie, Wyo., 48:53.3.

10. Brooke Baughmann, Ketchum, Idaho, 49:01.6.

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