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UAA newcomer Sarah Friestone finished 21st in the women's 15K freestyle race on Saturday in Midway, Utah.
Courtesy: Galen Johnston

Skiers take 6th in Utah Invite

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 02/09/2013
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MIDWAY, Utah / RED RIVER, N.M. – The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves concluded the Utah Invitational with the sixth-place team result following the completion of the men’s and women’s freestyle races at Soldier Hollow on Saturday, while the Alpine team finished Day 3 of the New Mexico Invite.

After eight events in Utah – four Alpine and four Nordic –the Seawolves combined for 616 total points. Winning the meet was Colorado with 904 points, while host Utah moved into second with 845 and Denver took third with 777. New Mexico finished fourth at 695, while Montana State finished one position above UAA at 690.

After six events, the Seawolves are in sixth at the New Mexico Invite with 444 points. CU leads the RMISA field with 663 points, while Utah (646) and Denver (603) are second and third, respectively.

Leading the UAA women’s Nordic team for the eighth straight race was freshman Marine Dusser at 43 minutes, 39.9 seconds. A local of Villard de Lans, France, Dusser furnished her fifth podium result with a third-place showing in the 15K free mass start.  Dusser also finished runner-up in the classical on Friday.

Also scoring for UAA were freshmen Sarah Freistone (48:23.1) and Cara McCulloch (48:32.6) in 21st and 22nd, respectively.

In the men’s 20K race, freshman Viktor Braennmark led the Seawolf pack for the first time of the season, finishing in 51:12.4, good for seventh place. Junior Lukas Ebner (52:14.5) took 17th, while classmate Lasse Moelgaard-Nielsen (53:25.4) crossed the line in 24th.

On the slopes at Red River, N.M., the women’s Alpine team posted 70 points in the slalom race with senior Kayla Hoog-Fry leading the pack in 15th. The Reno, Nev., native was clocked at 1:42.39 in the two-run course. Vanessa Berther (1:44.40) was 21st and Ida Bjerka (1:45.02) was 22nd.

The lone Seawolf to complete the men’s slalom was sophomore Niko Harmanen (1:41.50) in 22nd. Senior Andreas Adde wasn’t able to finish the second run, while newcomers Cedrik Gagnon and James Schindler were disqualified.

The Alpine team will conclude the New Mexico Invite tomorrow, ending the regular season. The Seawolves will then have a weekend off to prepare for the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association / NCAA West Regional Championships on Feb. 22-23 in Bozeman, Mont.

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