WEST YELLOWSTONE, MONT. – The University of Alaska Anchorage posted six top-20 finishes in classic races at the Montana State Invitational Saturday.

Hailey Swirbul led the Seawolves with a fourth place finish (15:42) in the women’s five-kilometer classic.

Natalie Hynes finished eighth (16:08), and Sadie Fox was 20th (16:50).

Zackarias Toresson paced the men’s squad with a 13th place finish (28:53) in the 10-kilometer classic.

Marcus Dueling was 16th (29:03), and Toomas Kollo was 19th (29:16).

“We had some personal bests today,” said head Nordic coach Andrew Kastning. “Hailey has never been in the top-five in a RMISA Invite so that was exciting to see, but hats off to Natalie Hynes who rushed out here from World Junior qualification races in Canada just a few days ago and finished eighth. Zacke and Marcus also skied well with Marcus skiing a personal-best. Although we had some good things today, they’re hungry for tomorrow, and we look forward to the 10-kilometer mass start skate.”

UAA is currently sixth with 309 points.  

Hedda Baangman of Colorado won the women’s race (15:15), and Martin Bergstroem of Utah (26:44) won the men’s race.

The Seawolves will compete in the freestyle races Sunday.