MIDWAY / PARK CITY, Utah. – Juniors Halfdan Falkum-Hansen
and Alex Parker
led the Alaska Anchorage ski team with podium finishes on Day 1 of the NCAA West Region and Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships on Friday.
The Seawolves used four top-10 finishes for a fifth-place team standing after the completion of four events. Host Utah leads the meet with 447 points, followed by Colorado (434.5), New Mexico (387.5), Denver (372) and UAA (352). Montana State is sixth with 315 points, while Westminster College is seventh (187).
Falkum-Hansen, from Oslo, Norway, earned his first career runner-up finish with a two-run time of 2 minutes, 3.32 seconds at Park City Mountain Resort. Falkum-Hansen was just .06 seconds behind winner Jeremy Elliot (2:03.26) of Utah.
In the women’s slalom race, three-time All-American Parker was UAA’s first skier down the slopes with a time of 1:29.32 for third place. The podium finish was third this season for the junior from Calgary, Alberta, and 13th of her career.
Sophomore Kayla Hoog-Fry
finished in the top 10 for the third time of the season with a 9th-place showing. Hoog-Fry posted a time of 1:31.16, while junior Sandra MacDonald
(1:36.02) was 21st.
On the cross country trails, freshman Lukas Ebner
paced the men’s 10K freestyle in 7th place at Soldier Hollow. Ebner, from Furtwangen, Germany, registered a time of 32 minutes, 4.2 seconds for his highest collegiate result. Classmate Erik Bjornsen
(33:19.1) crossed the finish line in 17th and Martin Kapso
(34:31.6) was 19th.
On the women’s side, junior All-American Jaime Bronga
led the Seawolf pack in the 5K race with a time of 19:13.4, good for 18th place. Junior Laura Rombach
(19:17.7) was 21st and senior Kelsey Coolidge
(19:30.2) was 24th.
The Seawolves will compete in the second and final day of the championships tomorrow with the men’s slalom and women’s giant slalom at Park City. The classical races will commence at 7 a.m. AST with the women’s 15K, followed by the men’s 20K at 8:30 a.m. AST.