RED RIVER, N.M. – Georgia Burgess finished 11th in the slalom to lead the University of Alaska Anchorage to a sixth place team finish at the University of New Mexico Invite Sunday.
Dominic Unterberger was the top finisher in the men’s slalom placing 16th (1:31.03).
Anthony Naciuk finished 18th (1:31.90), and Connor McDonald was 23rd (1:33.86).
“Our kids skied their hearts out today,” said head alpine coach Sparky Anderson. “They took chances and kept their shoulders to the wheel. We didn’t end up where we wanted to be this weekend, but everyone is excited to train and show up at the Denver Invitational and take another shot at this world class field.”
Jenna DiFolco led UAA in the Nordic races finishing 18th (17:22.6) in the five-kilometer classic race.
The Seawolves put two other women in the top-25, Sadie Fox 20th (17:24.7) and Michaela Keller-Miller (18:26.6).
Toomas Kollo led the men covering the five-kilometer course in 13:57.5.
“It was tough to breath at 9,000 feet,” said head Nordic coach Andrew Kastning. “The spirits were willing, but the thin air made it tough to sustain speed and we lost a lot of time in the second half of the course on the big climbs despite having good kick and glide wax. We’ll try to regroup for the DU Invite and make something happen next weekend in Minturn.”
The ski team will compete at the University of Denver Invite Feb. 9-11.