ANCHORAGE – After six events scored, the Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s ski team sit sixth in the UAA Invitational with the women’s Nordic team highlighting Saturday’s classical races at Kincaid Park.
The Nordic team competed in its first of two days of the UAA Invite, combining for 127 points at the conclusion of the classical races. When added with the alpine races from Jan. 27-28, the Seawolves have 333 points and have gained ground on No. 5 Montana State (348). Utah leads the field with 478 points, just two points ahead of second place Denver (476), while Colorado is third at 416.
The women’s team posted a team-high-tying 73 points, good for second overall in the 5K classical. The score matched the women’s point total from the freestyle sprint on Feb. 7. UAA placed all three scorers in the top-15, including a top-5 result from sophomore Casey Wright. Wright, from Melbourne, Australia, finished the interval start in a time of 16 minutes, 15.9 seconds. Picking up a season-best place of seventh was freshman Natalie Hynes (16:27.2), while freshman Hailey Swirbul took 12th at 16:49.6.
In the men’s 10K competition, the Seawolves finished fifth with 54 points. UAA’s scorers were freshman Zackarias Toresson (11th, 28:51.2), sophomore Toomas Kollo (14th, 29:03.2) and sophomore Marcus Deuling (17th, 29:23.1).
Winning the women’s collegiate race was Colorado’s Jesse Knori at 15:51.2, edging her teammate Christina Rolandsen (15:55.2) by four seconds. The men’s winner was Denver’s Dag Frode Trolleboe at 26:51.6.
The Seawolves will take on RMISA schools again at 10 a.m. AST at Kincaid Park.