RED RIVER, N.M. – The University of Alaska Anchorage ski team is currently in sixth place after day one of the New Mexico Invitational.
Georgia Burgess posted the top finish of the day for the Seawolves with an eighth place finish (1:34.42) in the women’s slalom.
"Today was a great race for Georgia," said head coach Sparky Anderson. "She's starting to put some things together technically. The rest of the group is headed in the right direction, we just aren't consistent quite yet. We have another shot at the same hill tomorrow, and I know we will keep hammering. No one is thinking about taking their foot off the gas."
The Nordic races were held in conjunction with the Alley Loop race in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Jenna Difolco finished 15th (1:16.32) in the 21-kilometer freestyle to lead Alaska Anchorage.
Michaela Keller-Miller placed 18th (1:19.08), and Sadie Fox was 23rd (1:24.59).
Marcus Deuling led the men with a 19th place (1:05.20) showing.
“Today was an interesting race because it was combined with the Alley Loop birkie qualifier and citizen race,” said head Nordic coach Andrew Kastning. “Wind and new snow and passing recreational skiers made it tough and you could easily end up on the wrong side of a group of skiers. I was really impressed with Jenna for being our top girl as a freshman in her first 20K ever. She has a bright future as a Seawolf in front of her.”
Alaska Anchorage will compete in the final day of the New Mexico Invitational Sunday.
Hailey Swirbul and Natalie Hynes each competed in their final races at the World Junior Championships in Switzerland. Swirbul helped Team USA to an eighth place finish (40:25) in the relay while Natalie Hynes, a member of Team Canada, finished 15th (44:05).