ANCHORAGE – Propelled by six top-10 finishes, the Alaska Anchorage Nordic team skied to a first-place standing Monday on Day 1 of the UAA Invitational at Kincaid Park. The Seawolves won the freestyle competition by 28 points, outdistancing Colorado, 159-131.
The women’s team finished the day with 81 points and the men’s squad posted 78 in the meet against fellow Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association conference members. The collegiate race was run concurrently with the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships and scored separately.
The Seawolf women were led by freshmen Sadie Bjornsen, Jaime Bronga and Amy Glen, who placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Bjornsen, a native of Winthrop, Wash., completed the 5K course in 16 minutes, 4.5 seconds. Bronga crossed the finish line at 16:10.6, followed closely by Glen at 16:12.6.
Rounding out the UAA skiers were Steffi Hiemer (16:39.4) in 14th, Laura Rombach (17:03.6) in 19th, Rachelle Kanady (17:46.8) in 23rd and Sarah Tegeler (20:33.5) in 35th.
Earning points on the men’s side, sophomore Max Treinen came away with UAA’s top place in fourth. Treinen was clocked at 26 minutes, 28 seconds in the 10K freestyle. Senior Raphael Wunderle came in fifth at 26:37.1, and freshman Lex Treinen finished in sixth place (26:43.5).
The final two Seawolves on the men’s side were Karl Schauer, who came in 29th place at 29:25.8, and Nils Kristen Sandtroen in 32nd at 29.52.5.
The Nordic team will return to Kincaid Park on Friday for the second day of the UAA Invitational – a change from the original schedule of Wednesday. The women’s 5K classical will start at noon, followed by the men’s 10K classical.
The Alpine portions of the UAA Invitational will be run Friday and Sunday at Alyeska Resort. Those totals will be added to Monday and Tuesday’s Nordic scores to determine the overall champion.