Brennan, Hanneman claim bronze at ski championships

Alaskans grabbed the bronze medals Sunday at the U.S. Cross Country championships in Utah, with Reese Hanneman skiing to his second medal in two days and Rosie Brennan claiming her first.


Both members of the Alaska Pacific nordic program, Hanneman and Brennan finished third in their respective races.


Hanneman and younger brother Logan, who skis for UAF, gave Alaska two skiers in the six-man finals. Six-time national sprint champion Torin Koos of Leavenworth, Wash., won the race. Logan placed fifth.


Brennan was among three Alaskan women to make it to the finals. Kate Fitzgerald, her APU teammate, placed fourth, and Caitlin Patterson, an Anchorage woman who trains in Vermont, finished sixth.

Victory went to Vermont's Jennie Bender, who trains with Koos at the Bridger Ski Foundation in Bozeman, Mont.


Racers competed on a new sprint course at Soldier Hollow, site of the 2002 Winter Olympics. 


"I think this is less technical and tactical than the old course, so I was pretty happy with that," Brennan said in a press release from the U.S. Ski Team. "The hill is bigger, which suits my strengths a little bit better. So I guess if you’re feeling strong enough to just go for it on the hill then you can make it less tactical, which is more my style. So that was my tactic for the heats.

"I wish I had been a little more aggressive in my final in that respect. But it was a final so I guess I was a little nervous how fast the other girls were, but it turned out okay."


Racing continues this week at Soldier Hollow with Wednesday's 30-K and 20-K freestyle races. 




U.S. Cross Country Championships

Soldier Hollow

Sunday's classic sprint

Men's final -- 1) Torin Koos, 2) Benjamin Saxton, 3) Reese Hanneman, 4) Jordan Buetow, 5) Logan Hanneman, 6) Samuel Naney.

Women's final -- 1) Jennie Bender, 2) Caitlin Gregg, 3) Rosie Brennan, 4) Kate Fitzgerald, 5) Rose Kemp, 6) Caitlin Patterson.


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