STEAMBOAT SPRINGS / WINTER PARK, Colo. – The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves wrapped up the Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational with a fifth-place result and currently sits seventh at the Denver Invitational after two completed events.
The Seawolves received a stellar day from the Nordic teams in the final day of the Colorado Invitational, placing them fifth with a combined 717 points. Host Colorado won the event with 878, while Denver was second at 808.5 and New Mexico took third at 741.5. The defending NCAA Champion Utah (723), edged UAA by six points for fourth.
On the cross country trails, the Seawolves used a second-place finish from the men’s Nordic team for 102 points. Leading the Seawolf pack for the second straight day was junior Lukas Ebner with his second top-5 showing of the weekend. Ebner finished fourth at 27 minutes, 28.4 seconds.
Also scoring for the Seawolves in the 10K classical were junior Lasse Molgaard-Nielsen (27:55.3) and rookie Viktor Braennmark (28:26.7) in eighth and 13th, respectively.
In the women’s 5K classical, UAA was once again led by freshman Marine Dusser. After placing second in the freestyle race on Saturday, Dusser took fourth with a time of 16:41.3. Classmates Patricia Sprecher (17:05.9) and Sarah Freistone (17:36.7) were ninth and 14th to round up the UAA scoring.
Throughout the four-day event, the Seawolves’ Nordic team finished third overall with 406 points, while the Alpine team was fourth at 311. The UAA women finished third with 375 points, while the men were fifth at 342.
On the slopes at Winter Park Resort, the Seawolves currently have 306 points following the conclusion of the Alpine races. Leading the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association field is host Denver at 457, while Colorado sits in second at 386 and New Mexico is third at 384.
Completing the two-runs in a time of 1:37.48 was senior Kayla Hoog-Fry in the women’s slalom, good for sixth place. Sophomores Vanessa Berther was 14th at 1:39.04 and Anna Berecz was 18th at 1:39.68.
In the men’s slalom, senior All-American Andreas Adde posted a 12th-place showing at 1:32.82, while freshman Cedrik Gagnon was 17th at 1:33.72 and senior Cameron Brewington was 21st at 1:34.77.
The Nordic team will complete the Denver Invite on Jan. 19-20 in Minturn, Colo., with the classical (10/15K) and freestyle (5/10K) races.