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Senior Karina Smith was UAA's second skier across the line in the women's 10K freestyle race on Saturday.
Courtesy: Kelly Gorham - Montana State University

Skiers move into 5th at New Mexico

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 02/02/2013
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RED RIVER, N.M – The Alaska Anchorage Nordic team produced a solid showing in the men’s and women’s freestyle races Saturday in Day 2 of the New Mexico Invitational. Seawolf newcomer Marine Dusser led the Green & Gold with a runner-up performance in the women’s race.

After four events, the Seawolves are tied for fifth with host New Mexico with 350 points. Utah leads the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association field with 457 points, while Colorado is second at 430 and Denver is third at 403. Montana State leads UAA by 22 points at 372.

Dusser, a local of Villard de Lans, France, registered her third runner-up result of her short collegiate career, completing the 10K course in a time of 28 minutes, 40.5 seconds. Dusser also finished second in the freestyle races at Colorado and Denver.

Also scoring for the Seawolves were senior Karina Smith (32:19.7) and freshman Sarah Freistone (32:35.5) in 19th and 21st, respectively.

In the men’s 10K freestyle, UAA was led by junior Lukas Ebner for the sixth straight race. A local of Furtwangen, Germnay, Ebner furnished a time of 25:47.9, good for fourth place. Ebner now holds five top four finishes this season alone.

Junior Lasse Molgaard-Nielsen took 17th at 27:18.9, while rookie Viktor Brannmark crossed in 20th at 27:43.6.

Today’s races complete the Nordic portion of the New Mexico Invite, while the Alpine team will compete in the event on Feb. 9-10. The Nordic team will return to action Feb. 8-9 with the Utah Invite.
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