Ashley James gets better each year, and improves upon last year's podium with a D1 national championship. © Janet Hill

Ashley James gets better each year, and improves upon last year's podium with a D1 national championship. © Janet Hill

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BEND, ORE. – Ashley James (Appalachian State University) won her second National title today (she won U23 women last year), powering to a one-minute victory over Marian University racer (and rising Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld star) Kaitlin Antonneau. Carla Swart took third ahead of Lees McRae College teammate Erica Zaveta. Fort Lewis College then took the next five spots, most likely assuring them of victory in the team division.

James was ebullient at the finish line, having put over a minute into rival Antonneau. “Kaitlin’s a really strong rider and I haven’t beaten her all year. I figured I had a snowball’s chance in hell so why not go for it? Carla got the holeshot, but I was able to get a little gap from there, and at that point you just have to go. Anything can happen, so I went for it.”

Antonneau, for her part, seemed to be riding conservatively. She’s got a cycling scholarship to Marian and has to do this race to fulfill those obligations, but the U23 race appears to be her goal for today. Katie Compton (Planet Bike-Stevens) coaches Antonneau, and the up-and-coming racer was whisked away from the finish circle to cool down and relax before her bigger battle later in the day.

Kimberly Flynn (University of Tennessee-Chattanooga) won her first National title today in the Division 2 race, although she said she wasn’t sure of the result until “I hit the final stretch of pavement. Conditions are epic today and you never want to take anything for granted. The fast sections are getting faster and muddy sections are getting worse.” Flynn was visibly elated, having dramatically accomplished her goal today of “riding hard and having fun.”

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Women’s Div 1 Collegiate

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeLicenseBibTeam
1150Ashley JamesDousman, WI0:39:10219841329Appalachian State University
2135Kaitlin AntonneauRacine, WI40:14:00200237364Marian University
3120Carla SwartBanner Elk, NC40:43:00232757352Lees-Mcrae College
4105Erica ZavetaErwinna, PA40:48:00230062362Lees-Mcrae College
590Sarah SturmDurango, CO43:44:00275320367Fort Lewis College
685Kaila HartBayfield, CO44:01:00264272368Fort Lewis College
780Melissa (Missy) EricksonAlexandria, MN44:14:00233106363Fort Lewis College
875Lauren CatlinFairfax, CA44:16:00256601369Fort Lewis College
970Nathalie KrantzDurango, CO44:42:00267760334Fort Lewis College
1065Cinthia LehnerGreer, SC45:35:00272896357Lees-Mcrae College
110Lauren TaylorDurango, CO46:16:00327082373Fort Lewis College
120Allison HalpinBend, OR46:21:00329270333Oregon State University
13ExpRebecca FinleyIndianapolis, IN46:35:00245823366Marian University
1445Sierra SiebenlistIndianapolis, IN46:59:00166038327Marian University
1540Joanna BechtelBerkeley, CA47:10:00272856358University Of California-Berkel
1638Devon SimpsonKirkland, WA48:34:00196519356University Of Washington-Seattl
1736Jacqueline KurthPalm City, FL48:40:00182253371Marian University
1834Anne CheeneyDurango, CO49:54:00272068359Fort Lewis College
1932Allie DragooGrand Rapids, MI50:01:00291607346Marian University
2030Molly HurfordHampton, NJ50:52:00289723354Rutgers University-New Brunswic
2128Brooke CrumWesterville, OH52:26:00215956332Lindsey Wilson College
2226Rachel VandenEndeBoone, NC@1Lap286090330Appalachian State University
2324Bridgette McLeanBoone, NC@1Lap259135344Appalachian State University
2422Rachel BeckmannIndependence, OR@1Lap330944355Oregon State University
250Elizabeth GeorgeBerkeley, CA@1Lap236153370University Of California-Berkel
2619Rachel WarnerLuray, VA@1Lap200801337Lees-Mcrae College
DNF0Madison MillsOwensboro, KYDNF330612361Lindsey Wilson College

Women’s Div 2 Collegiate

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeLicenseBibTeam
1150Kimberly FlynnHixson, TN43:34:00122752342University Of Tennessee-Chattan
2135Laura RalstonCambridge, MA44:21:00289751372Massachusetts Institute Of Tech
3120Courtenay McFaddenBellingham, WA44:54:00262453350Western Washington University
4105Arielle FilibertiWorcester, MA45:49:00214757326Dartmouth College
590Lindsy CampbellMissoula, MT46:10:00287905341University Of Montana
60Esmeralda MartinezRamosGrandjunction, CO47:27:00308920349Mesa State College
780Hannah NeubeckBellingham, WA48:45:00323138360Western Washington University
875Christina BirchCambridge, MA49:02:00294746340Massachusetts Institute Of Tech
970Olivia HarknessPortland, ME49:10:00294473353Maine College Of Art
1065Annika JohannesenBend, OR49:49:00330212335Central Oregon Community Colleg
1160Klara RossouwMarshill, NC50:34:00306015336Mars Hill College
1255Zephyr SylvesterWallawalla, WA51:54:00305568328Whitman College
1350Whitney AndersonBellingham, WA@1Lap291552365Western Washington University
1445Stephanie BunnettNaples, FL@1Lap278046347Mars Hill College
1540Elizabeth KaneLas Cruces, NM@1Lap301745339New Mexico State University
1638Roxanne PiersonWalla Walla, WA@1Lap246298331Whitman College
17ExpYolanda ColonAsheville, NC@1Lap289530348Mars Hill College
1834Amara BoursawKent, WA@1Lap170202351Pacific Lutheran University
DNS0Sarah MadsenGrand Junction, CODNS330552343Mesa State College
DNS0Aurora BowersFairbanks, AKDNS309553345Whitman College