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Patterson in the lead pack.
Patterson Clinches U23 berth
Last Updated: 07.Jan.2013
Caitlin Patterson hung with the lead pack over 20km of classic skiing on a tough course in Soldier Hollow yesterday. Six women separated themselves from the rest of the field on the first lap and skied together until the final climb up Hermod's Hill, less than a kilometer from the finish. Patterson crossed the line in 5th place as the second U23, securing her spot on the American U23 World Championships Team.
It was another tough day on the trails for the rest of the GRP. Stuber and Egan finished inside the top 30 while the men's top finisher was Nils Koons in 24th. It's a little unclear why, but on the whole the team has struggled to find their form at these Championships.
Tomorrow is the final event of the series, a freestyle skate sprint. Sun and fast conditions should greet the team in the morning, where they'll look for redemption in this last Championship race.
Complete results from the series can be found here.