RED RIVER, N.M. – Sigurd Roenning led the Alaska Anchorage ski team with a second place finish at the New Mexico Invite Friday.
Roenning finished six seconds behind Alvar Alev of Colorado in the men’s 7.5-kilometer classic race.
Anna Darnell was 18th (32:40).
Anne Lervik of Colorado won the women’s race in 29:00.
"Racing just below 10,000 feet is always a game of skiing efficiently, pacing well, and keeping the swirling stars that appear in your eye sockets to a minimum," said head coach Andrew Kastning. "Sigurd battled hard and maintained a winning pace through the first two laps until Alvar from CU had something more in the tank on lap three to steal the win, but we are very satisfied with the silver. Austin had his best race as a Seawolf and the other boys did their best but struggled to get things moving. The girls seemed to be off the pace from the beginning but Jenna and Micheala clawed their way into it by lap three. All three of them are coming off sickness and reported their bodies took quite the shock. If they placed 12-13 last year they would’ve been ecstatic but were a little disappointed today, which is a good thing. We are looking forward to racing tomorrow in a team start format where each team goes out together, a minute apart."
Liam Wallace led the Seawolves in the slalom with an 11th place finish (1:27.55). His second run was the fifth fastest (43.40) in the field.
Georgia Burgess was the top finisher for the UAA women placing 12th (1:34.88).
Denver swept the slalom wins with Simon Fournier winning the men’s (1:26.47) and Amelia Smart the women’s (1:32.86).
Alaska Anchorage is sixth in the team standings with 209.5 points.
The New Mexico Invite concludes with the slalom and freestyle races Saturday.