Newell, Diggins Win SuperTour Sprint
A star-studded field kicked off the U.S. Ski & Snowboard SuperTour Finals Friday at Craftsbury Common, Vt. Stratton dominated the day with Olympians Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, Vt.) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) taking wins in the opening classic sprint.
Newell qualified first for the men and won all three of his heats, taking the victory over Stratton teammate Ben Saxton (Lakeville, Minn.). by just over a half second. Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center’s Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.) was third. Saxton won the overall SuperTour sprint title for the men, while Kaitlynn Miller (Elmore, Vt.) won the women's overall sprint title.
The women’s final was a full house of 2018 Olympians. Diggins battled against Stratton teammate Sophie Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) to take the win by just over a second. Craftsbury Green’s Ida Sargent (Orleans, Vt.) was third, just ahead of top qualifier Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.) of Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center.
Action in the SuperTour Finals continues Saturday with a 15k men’s freestyle mass start with the women racing 10k. U.S. Ski & Snowboard is carrying a live streaming broadcast daily beginning at 8:45 a.m.