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Lasse Molgaard-Nielsen finished 9th in the 15K classic race on Sunday, helping UAA to a 5th-place team finish.
Courtesy: Rick Boots

Skiers complete Denver Invite in 5th

Courtesy: UAA Sports Information
Release: 01/20/2013
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MINTURN, Colo. – The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves concluded the Denver Invitational with a fifth-place team standing following the completion of the men’s and women’s classical races on Sunday.

The Seawolves used 398 points from the Nordic teams and 306 from the Alpine teams for a combined 704 total points. Colorado, who was in second following Day 3, moved into first on the final day with 852 points. Host Denver dropped to second at 833, while the defending NCAA Champion Utah claimed third at 796. New Mexico was one position above UAA with 754 points.

In the final day of competition, the Seawolves received a team-high fourth-place showing from junior Lukas Ebner. Ebner, who won the men’s freestyle race on Saturday, posted a time of 40 minutes, 16.6 seconds in the 15K classic, helping UAA to 103 points in the event.

Leading the women’s team for the second straight day was rookie Marine Dusser. Dusser finished second in the 5K freestyle on Saturday before taking fifth in the 10K classic at 32:11.5. Dusser led the Seawolves to 89 points in the race.

Also scoring for the Seawolves were junior Lasse Molgaard-Nielsen (9th, 41:00.7) and freshman Viktor Braennmark (12th, 41:02.4) on the men’s side and freshmen Patricia Sprecher (13th, 33:23.6) and Sarah Freistone (22nd, 35:31.9) on the women’s team.

Following the completion of eight events, the men’s Nordic team came away with UAA’s highest event score, posting 112 points in the freestyle race. Leading the Alpine team was the women’s team in the slalom.

The Seawolves will return to action with the Utah Invite (Jan. 31-Feb.1, Feb. 8-9) and New Mexico Invite (Feb. 1-2, Feb. 9-10).

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