At the beginning of lap three, a poor line choice trapped Jones in a mudhole long enough to destroy what was left of her lead over Sheets. Jones stayed just ahead of Sheets for some time before going down, allowing Sheets to take the lead. Right before the Scoring Zone, Jones would pass her back for the lead and retain it through the remainder of the race, taking her third win in a row.
"It was a good day and a challenging track," Jones said, "Once I made my way back to the front I just rode smart for that last lap. I am happy to get the first three rounds done and to have a few weeks off to work on a couple of things."
Though unable to beat Jones for the day, Sheets commented "While it was not a perfect race, our program is improving each round."
Heading into the last lap, Cosner had a comfortable lead over Gutish, who had encountered problems on both the second and third laps. However, in a stroke of bad luck, Cosner's recently submerged bike gave out just four miles from the finish. Unable to complete the rest of the lap, she fell from a podium position back to eighth place. Gutish took the last podium spot, while the younger riders, 16-year old Steede and 17-year old Shyann Phelps of New Jersey rounded out the top five.
The 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series resumes April 7 and 8, in Morganton, NC with the FMF Steele Creek GNCC.