Katie Compton wins her fifth straight elite women's title. © Joe Sales

Katie Compton wins her fifth straight elite women's title. © Joe Sales

by Jacob Sisson, photos by Joe Sales and Larry Rosa

The elite women’s field had a shot at victory for all of 45 seconds, before Katie Compton (Spike Shooter) took over and crushed all of those hopes. For Compton, it marked her fifth elite national championship in a row, tying American legend Alyson Dunlap for the most total national championships in American history. Compton will now be flying high as she heads back to Europe to take on the world’s elite.

The front of the women’s race looked exactly as everyone had expected, with Compton taking the reigns shortly after the start and Georgia Gould (LUNA) and Rachel Lloyd (Cal Giant Berries/Specialized) the only two riders who were able to keep the pace. Amy Dombroski (Velo Bella – Kona) was the next strongest rider on the road, but by the time the riders had completed half a lap, the rest of the race was well behind Compton, Gould and Lloyd. Compton had already successfully ridden Gould and Lloyd off her wheel as well, with small gaps forming between the three main protagonists before the first lap was over.

cxnats-rosa-1199-Edit.jpg Compton continued to apply constant pressure and the gap back to Gould continued to grow steadily. Dombroski, who had won the women’s U23 race the day before, had been brought back by the duo of Laura Van Gilder (C-3 Sollay.com) and Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles). Behind those two, Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berries) was stuck between the group of three and the duo of Sue Butler (Monaviecannondale.com) and Deidre Winfield (Velo Bella – Kona). By the time two laps were in the books, Compton’s advantage over Gould had grown to 13 seconds, and was increasing steadily. Her next lap would be one of her fastest, as the gap would grow from 13 seconds to 24 seconds.

Gould was not gaining much of an advantage over Lloyd, and at times it looked like Lloyd was slowly but surely reeling Gould in. Behind, Van Gilder and Bruno Roy had managed to put a small gap between themselves and Amy Dombroski, mostly under the pressure of Bruno Roy, who knew she would be overmatched in a sprint against either of those two ladies. Dombroski was having none of this and would claw her way back into the group. That chase group would remain intact for the rest of the race, with Van Gilder the most active in the later stages. Van Gilder led the group for the last half-lap of the race, leading out the sprint, and easily overcoming Dombroski. Bruno Roy did not have the sprinting legs of her chase group mates, and settled for sixth.

The most impressive ride of the day came out of the day’s 14th place finisher, Devon Haskell (University of Chicago). Not only was Haskell riding her way into the top ten, she had also won a national championship in the collegiate category only two hours earlier!Compton’s gap with one lap to go would stand as unassailable and she could safely ride her way down the hill to her fifth consecutive national championship. Georgia Gould was able to keep Rachel Lloyd at bay and would take home the silver medal, ahead of Lloyd, who announced just after her race that this would be her final cyclocross national championships. Van Gilder held off Dombroski to take fourth in a close sprint, with Maureen Bruno Roy crossing in sixth. Seventh place would go to Meredith Miller, who rode an impressive race to stay away from Deidre Winfield who took eighth with Sue Butler coming home ninth. The top ten was rounded out by Kelli Emmett (Giant).

Want to relive the racing action? Watch our Live Updates archive of the day’s racing here. Also see Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 reports along with our Collegiate and Singlespeed, Men’s race reports from Day 4 of the 2008 Cyclocross National Championships from Kansas City.

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Full Results:

1200Katherine Compton00:37:05.00Spike Shooter
2202Georgia Gould00:37:50.00Luna Women’s MTB Team
3206Rachel Lloyd00:38:00.00California Giant Berry Farms/S
4201Laura Van Gilder00:39:12.00c3 Sollay
5208Amy Dombroski00:39:12.00Velo Bella – Kona
6205Maureen Bruno Roy00:39:12.00MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles
7240Meredith Miller00:39:57.00California Giant Berry Farms/S
8204Deidre Winfield00:40:03.00Velo Bella
9203Susan Butler00:40:32.00MonavieCannondale.com
10220Kelli Emmett00:40:53.00Giant Bicycles
11211Kathy Sherwin00:40:53.00Velo Bella – Kona
12236Rhonda Mazza00:40:53.00Vanilla/Team S&M
13232Wendy Williams00:40:53.00River City Bicycle Team
14209Devon Haskell00:40:53.00The Pony Shop
15216Kristin Wentworth00:41:18.00Planet Bike
16231Kari STUDLEY00:41:30.00Velo Bella / Kona
17212Sarah Kerlin00:41:42.00HRS/ Rock Lobster
18237Emily Van Meter00:41:42.00River City Bicycle Team
19210Josie Jacques-Maynes00:41:52.00Specialized/KMC pb Cal Giant
20235Coryn Rivera00:41:58.00Team Redline
21213Anna Milkowski00:41:58.00Gear Works-Spinarts
22219Anna Young00:42:36.00Planet Bike
23241Kristi Berg00:42:45.00Redline Bicycles
24239Kaitlin Antonneau00:42:45.00Nova/IsCorp
25207Rebecca Wellons00:42:45.00Ridley Factory Team
26224Sydney Brown00:42:45.00Midwest Cycling Community
27222Amy Wallace00:43:14.00RGM WATCHES – RICHARD SACHS -
28257Kris Walker00:43:14.00kriegcycling.com
29250Andrea Smith00:43:14.00Minuteman Road Club
30233Linda Sone00:43:14.00Ridley Factory Team
31243Carolyn Popovic00:43:14.00CICLE / Bear Valley Bikes
32225Cris Rothfuss00:43:39.00NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Den
33218Sally Annis00:43:39.00NEBC/CycleLoft/Devonshire Dent
34294Colleen Flaherty00:43:39.00Veloce
35293Elizabeth Shogren00:43:39.00Sobe Cannondale
36242Kimberly Flynn00:43:39.00Vantaggio/ Specialized Pro wom
37214Melanie Swartz00:43:39.00Velo Bella – Kona
38228Cara Applegate00:43:39.00BMW-Bianchi
39234Kristin Gavin00:43:39.00Temple University
40271Lindsey Bishop00:43:39.00Mafia Racing/Felt
41284Melissa Schultz00:44:18.00Cycle Sports/Trumer Pils
42238Deb Sweeney Whitmore00:44:26.00BMW Bianchi
43252Samantha Schneider00:44:37.00IS CORP
44270Lauren Costantini00:44:37.00GBL-GBD
45290Kathy Sarvary00:45:01.00Mid State Cycling Club
46246Maria Stewart00:45:01.00Velo Bella Kona
47273Lora Heckman00:45:01.00Peloton Cycles – Specialized
48269Brenda Moczygemba00:45:01.00Tough Girl / Contessa
49221Anne Schwartz00:45:01.00Flying Rhino Cycling Club
50230Marne SMILEY00:45:01.00Zias Cycle
51267Linda Cooper00:45:01.00Great Plains Cycling Club
52291Mary Pat Jones00:45:01.00Blue Competition Cycles
53249Corey Coogan00:45:01.00Ridley Factory Team
54275Kate Scheider00:45:50.00Mafia Racing
55266Jennifer Herrell00:45:50.00SKC
56215Catherine Walberg00:45:50.00KCCX/Verge
57264Michele Bliss00:45:50.00Rocky Mounts – Izze Racing
58256Beverly Chaney00:46:20.00Roaring Mouse Cycles
59288Beth Lyndon-Griffith00:46:20.00Hagens Berman Cycling
60251Kendall Ryan00:46:29.00Team C.I.C.L.E
61244Heidi von Teitenberg1 Lap DownC3-Sollay.com
62248Dorothy Wong1 Lap DownTeam C.I.C.L.E./Voler/Jamis
63274Robin Williams1 Lap DownUniversity of Iowa
64282Michelle Jensen1 Lap DownFreeState Cycling Team
65265Susan Prieto1 Lap DownBlue Sky Velo
66258Kristen Bowers1 Lap DownAtomic Race Team
67259Rachel Cieslewicz1 Lap DownMonavie/Cannondale
68285Christina Tamilio1 Lap DownMinuteman Road Club
69289Christie Pleiss1 Lap DownTeam C.I.C.L.E
70283Catherine Johnson1 Lap DownOrganicAthlete p/b VegNews Mag
71254Lynn Bush1 Lap DownTough Girl / Contessa
72292Laura MIZENER1 Lap DownNA
73272Lianna Miller1 Lap DownDirt Rag/Swobo
DNS245Shannon GibsonVeloBella-Kona
DNS247Samantha WilliamsSorella Cycling/BVM Engineerin
DNS253Anne GrofvertBicilibre
DNS255Sue SemaszczukAthletes By Design (ABD)
DNS261Marissa AxellRoaring Mouse Cycles
DNS262Lana AtchleyBailey Bikes
DNS263Beth MasonC3-Sollay.com
DNS268Megan MyrickColoBikeLaw.com
DNS276Samantha DeryNEBC ? Cycle Loft/ Devonshire
DNS278Heidi Kanayan Team CICLE.org/ Velo Bella
DNS279Kelly BenjaminCheerwine Pro Cycling
DNS280Christine RoettgerTeam Revolution
DNS281Carrie Cash WoottenTeam Revolution
DNS287Maria BensonOutspokin’
DNF217AnnaJean DallaireSoBe-Cannondale
DNF223Lisa StrongTough Girl/Scott
DNF226Amanda MillerMesa Cycles Racing Team
DNF227Arley KemmererHub Racing
DNF229Julie KulieczaALAN North America Cycling
DNF260Haley BeannBoulder Cyclesport
DNF286Leah SandaNA
DNF295Robin FarinaCheerwine Cycling