Scott Patterson leads the men's pack © Lance Parrish, Fairbanks
April 02, 2017 (Fairbanks, Alaska) – Scott Patterson (APU) is the man to beat as he powered to the biggest win of his career with a decisive and dominating victory by a 3+ minute margin in the men’s 50km FR signature competition, the final race of the 2017 USSA Distance National Championships.
Men's 50km F final podium (l-r) Martin 6th, Kornfield 4th, Gregg, 2nd, Patterson 1st, Packer 3rd, Caldwell 5th © Lance Parrish, Fairbanks
“The final 50k today was awesome. After the skiathalon, I was super confident that I could win it. The only question was whether I could actually do it on the day. I think I led the race for about 48k of the 50k,” said Patterson.
Brian Gregg (Loppet Nordic Racing) took home the silver at 3:19.9 behind with APU’s Eric Packer landing third on the podium almost a minute further back. Tyler Kornfield (APU) battled to a strong 4th place finish while Stratton’s Paddy Caldwell claimed 5th on the day.
“Brian Gregg provided a good person to ski with for the first 25k but I was leading the whole way so I figured why not just ski on my own. I put in a bit of surge through the sprint course and was able to build a significant lead quickly. From there it was just time to ski smooth, build on my lead, and enjoy a victory in the last race of the season,” added Patterson.
Junior men's podium (l-r) Donaldson 2nd, Schumacher 1st, Soensterud 3rd © Lance Parrish, Fairbanks
In the Junior Men’s 20km FR race it was Alaska Winter Stars Gus Schumacher taking the win over Ti Donaldson (NSCF/FXC) at 5.4 seconds back as the two battled for the win. In third was Lars Soensterud (Northern Michigan University) at 2:05.2 behind – results below
Senior men’s results here.
Junior men’s results here.