JACKSON, N.H. – At the halfway mark of the 2017 NCAA Skiing Championships, the Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s ski team are currently 10th in the team standings at the completion of the classical races at Jackson Ski Touring on Thursday.
With four events finished, the Seawolves have amassed 79 points – 49 for the men and 30 for the women – good for 10th overall. Taking over the top spot is Utah with 301.5 points, while Denver (265) and Colorado (240) round out the top three. The Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association has six of the top 10 positions, including the top four.
On the cross country trails, the Seawolves received 34 points in the men’s and women’s classical races. Producing the Seawolves’ top result in the 5K race was sophomore Casey Wright in her second career NCAA showing. A local of Melbourne, Australia, Wright finished 14th with a time of 16 minutes, 8.1 seconds. Additionally, freshman Hailey Swirbul scored for UAA, taking 25th at 16:34.8, while freshman Natalie Hynes (17:09.1) took 36th.
Meanwhile in the men’s 10K competition, UAA was led by sophomore Toomas Kollo in his second straight NCAA appearance. Kollo, from Tallinn, Estonia, placed 20th with a time of 27:35.9. In their NCAA debuts, freshmen Zackarias Toresson (28:13.8) and Pietro Mosconi (29:49.3) crossed at 31st and 39th, respectively.
Picking up victories were Utah’s Martin Bergstroem (25:33.1) for the men and Colorado’s Petra Hyncicova (14:55.5) for the women.
The NCAAs will continue tomorrow with the men’s and women’s slalom races at Cannon Mountain, before the men’s and women’s freestyle races conclude the championships on Saturday.