Klebl tops podium on second day of U.S. Adaptive XC Championships

Jan. 05, 2010, 11:59 a.m. (ET)

ANCHORAGE, AK - Chris Klebl (Heber City, UT) rallied from being sick the past couple of days to lead the U.S. Adaptive Men's long distance race. Monica Bascio (Evergreen, CO; sit-ski) and Kelly Underkofler (St. Paul, MN; standing) also clinched victories in their respective clasifications.

Monday proved to be another exciting day for the men with Klebl, Andy Soule (Pearland, TX), and Sean Halstead (Ephrata, WA) battling it out to the finish. Klebl, confident after two solid performances in Europe, beat out teammates Soule and Halstead to take the crown. Soule finished in second followed by Halstead in third.

"Because of the way they were seeded, they all skied the course basically together, after reeling each other in. It was a really fun race to watch," said Head Adaptive Cross Coach Greg Rawlings. "They're battling it out, so it was a much closer race than we have had in previous years. It was great."

Bascio found the top of the women's sit-ski classification podium again at Kincaid Park, tallying her victories at the ConocoPhillips U.S. Adaptive Cross Championships to two. Underkofler also earned a victory in the standing category.

"It was a great race," said Rawlings. "They had a great course, everyone performed really well."

Tuesday will be a day of rest for the athletes and coaches as they prepare for the final day of U.S. Championships on Wednesday.

ConocoPhillips U.S. Adaptive Cross Country Championships
January 4, 2010
Long Distance Race

Sit-Ski 15K
- Men

1. Chris Klebl, Heber City, UT, 43:38.10
2. Andy Soule, Pearland, TX, 44:23.80
3. Sean Halstead, Ephrata, WA, 44:58.80

Sit Ski 10K - Women

1. Monica Bascio, Evergreen, CO, 37:30.50

Standing 10K - Women

1. Kelly Underkofler, St. Paul, MN, 47:29.90