Anchorage's Caitlin Patterson added world gold to her credentials Sunday when Team USA won the women's team title at the 33rd World Mountain Running Championships in Premana, Italy.
Patterson, 27, finished 23rd among 64 finishers and the American women topped the podium, followed by the silver medalists from Italy and bronze medalists from the Czech Republic. Patterson covered the 13-kilometer course, which featured more than 2,800 feet of elevation gain and descent, in 1 hour, 12 minutes, 14 seconds.
Patterson earned a spot on the American team with her fourth-place finish in the U.S. Mountain Running Championships in New Hampshire in June.
Patterson is best known as a nordic skier who has won national championships and competed on the World Cup Tour. She has also won the women's overall title on the SuperTour, nordic skiing's top domestic circuit.
Patterson competes in skiing for the Craftsbury team in Vermont.