BEAVER CREEK/MINTURN, Colo. – The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s ski team was in action Saturday with Day 2 of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships in Colorado, which also doubles as the NCAA West Regional Championships.
After six events scored, the Seawolves are currently in sixth-place in the eight-team league with 273.5 points. Jumping into first place is Colorado with 499 points, while host Denver is second at 464.5 and Utah is third at 447. Montana State, which was first after the conclusion of the giant slalom on Friday, falls to No. 4 at 418.5, while New Mexico leads the Seawolves with 367.5, good for fifth. Alaska Fairbanks and Wyoming, who both only field a Nordic team, are seventh and eighth, respectively.
The Alpine team was back in action today with the slalom races after completing the giant slalom yesterday. Giving UAA its highest performance of the day was senior Hughston Norton in the men’s competition, taking 16th. Norton produced a two-run time of 1:52.04. Also scoring was senior Curtis McKillop (1:53.63, 22nd) and sophomore Tony Naciuk (1:53.99, 25th).
Leading the women’s team was junior Charley Field. A day after posting a career-best second-place performance in the giant slalom, Field took 20th in the slalom at 2:09.85. Senior Katerine Lamoureux (2:10.70) and senior Miranda Sheely (2:12.08) finished 22nd and 23rd, respectively.
Meanwhile in the cross country races, the Seawolves competed in the 5/10K classical. The UAA men‘s team was led by sophomore Toomas Kollo in 17th at 31:11.2. Sophomore Marcus Deuling was 21st at 31:46.0 and freshman Zackarias Toresson was 25th at 32:14.1.
The women’s Nordic team received a top result from freshman Hannah Rudd (18:46.4) in 26th. Additionally, sophomore Sadie Fox (19:26.0) was 32nd and freshman Michaela Keller-Miller (20:08.0) was 33rd. UAA was without its top-3 skiers – freshman Hailey Swirbul, sophomore Casey Wright and freshman Natalie Hynes – who have already qualified for the NCAAs.
Action at the RMISA Championships will wrap up tomorrow with the men’s and women’s freestyle races at Maloit Park.