Results of U.S. adaptive cross country skiing championships

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 8, 2010 7:03 am

The conditions were tough, but the strong athletes of the U.S. Adaptive Cross Country Ski Team pushed through and performed solidly in the final race of the U.S. Adaptive Cross Country Skiing Championships. The fresh snowfall made for a messy track and soft snow, but Heber City Utah’s Chris Klebl and Colorado’s Monica Bascio were able to reach the top of the podium for the final race in Anchorage, Alaska.

“It was a good day. It snowed prior to our race and quite a bit during the able bodied competition,” said Head Adaptive Cross Country Coach Greg Rawlings. “It was soft soft conditions out on the track but good for us following the able bodied classic skiers.”

Following Klebl, who took two of the three races in this championship, were  Sean Halstead of Ephrata, Washington, and Andy Soule of Pearland, Texas. Portland, Oregon’s Greg Mallory finished fifth. “They skied well. Greg had some technical difficulties but he skied well, said Coach Rawlings. Percentage wise, they are doing well. We know that Andy and Chris are skiing well on the World stage and Sean and Greg are skiing well too, so that’s nice.”

On the women’s end, this is Monica Bascio’s third U.S. Adaptive Championship victory. She represented the only U.S. female. “She’s basically racing the clock. There are percentages we use,” explained Rawlings. “We know how Chris compared to the top women on the World Cup Circuit percentage wise. Since it is the same course, we can kind of correlate that and give her a result on how she would have done on the world stage.”

ConocoPhillips U.S. Adaptive Cross Country Championships
Anchorage, Alaska – January 6, 2010
Middle Distance

Men’s 10K
1. Chris Klebl, Heber City, UT, 31:24.00
2. Sean Halstead, Ephrata, WA, 32:17.40
3. Andy Soule, Pearland, TX, 33:06.90
4. Dominic Monypenny, Australia, 33:16.70
5. Greg Mallory, Portland, OR, 40:10.70

Women’s 5K
1. Monica Bascio, Evergreen, CO, 21:40.00