STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLO. – Charley Field led the Alaska Anchorage ski team at the NCAA National Championships with a 14th place finish in the giant slalom Wednesday covering the course in a time of 1:54.99.
Alix Wells, who was seeded 27th after the first run, finished 19th (1:55.80) thanks to a second run that ranked 14th.
Erik Cruz led the men’s team with a 24th place finish in 1:52.35, and teammate Anthony Naciuk was 27th with a time of 1:53.04.
“Ski racing is hard,” said head coach Sparky Anderson. “At this level you need to keep the throttle firewalled to score any points. Unfortunately Dominic and Georgia were casualties, and we left a lot of points on the table. Our kids skied their hearts out. The times were super stacked. Charley and Alix were in the mix and skied great. No excuses. We gave our best and just got beat today.”
Amelia Smart of Denver won the women’s race (1:53.21), and Brian McLaughlin of Dartmouth won the men’s race (1:49.22).
The Seawolves currently sit ninth in the team standings with 40 points.
The NCAA Championships continue Thursday with the classical races.