Seawolves record a third place finish at UAA Invite

Alaska Anchorage recorded 529
points over the week in the Alpine
and Nordic events to finish in third
place in the UAA Invitational.
The Seawolves third-place finish
marks the second-best place in
an invitational, behind Sundays
victory in the UAA Invite.
The Seawolves scarcely missed
second place by a half of a point,
falling to New Mexico who posted
529.5 points. Colorado won the
invitational with a combined 542
points.
Propelled by six top-10 finishes,
the UAA 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 womens team
finished the day with 81 points
and the mens 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
mens side, sophomore Max
Treinen came away with UAAs
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 mens 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 returned
to Kincaid Park on Friday for the
second day of the UAA Invitational
ñ a change from the original
schedule of Wednesday. The
womens 5K classical will start at
noon, followed by the mens 10K
classical.
The UAA Nordic team posted
their second straight win in the
UAA Invitational and the mens
Alpine team came away victorious
as the Seawolves maintained their
lead at Kincaid Park and Alyeska
on Friday afternoon.
After the second day of
the UAA Invite the Seawolves
remain in the lead with 420 points.
Colorado is in second with 410
points and New Mexico holds
the third place standing with 378
points.
Both the mens and
womens Nordic squads skied past
the RMISA competition, posting
143 points overall. Colorado was
second with 137 points, followed
by New Mexico with 124 points.
The freshman trio, Sadie
Bjornsen, Amy Glen and Jaime
Bronga, were once again dominant,
as they posted 74 points in the 5k
classical. Bjornsen was clocked at
16 minutes, 41.7 seconds for third
place. Glen was sixth at 17:18.1
and Bronga was the Seawolves
final point recipient, with a time of
17:31.9.
On the mens side,
sophomore Max Treinen led the
Seawolves to 69 points with a
fourth-place finish, crossing the
finish line at 28 minutes, 57.4
seconds in the 10k classical. Senior
Raphael Wunderle followed suit in
fifth with a total time of 28.58.7.
The third and final scorer for UAA
was freshman Lex Treinen who
came in 16th at 30:07.
At Alyeska, the mens
Alpine team came away with a
huge win, posting 73 points to
win the day. Combined with the
womens 45 points, the Seawolves
finished in fifth on the mountain
with 118 points.
Freshman Halfdan
Falkum-Hansen came away with
a second-place finish in the mens
giant slalom with a two-run time
of one minute, 53.27 seconds,
just three hundredths of a second
behind the first-place finisher.
Sophomores Egil Ismar (1:54.96)
and Ryan Wolosyn (1:56.05)
rounded the final Sewolf three,
placing in seventh and 11th,
respectively.
The womens team was
paced by senior Allison Empey
who came in 12th place with a
time of one minute, 41 seconds.
Freshman Sandra MacDonald
was 19th with 1:42.40 and Lacy
Saugstad was 26th with a time of
1:45.48. Freshman Alex Parker
finished 28th after posting 58.81
in the first run, before coming
back to record the fastest time of
the second run at 47.17, for a total
time of 1:45.98.
The third day of competition
showed the Seawolves their spot
on the podium with three top-10
fi nishes by the UAA women.
Recording the highest placing
of the day for the Seawolves,
freshman Sandra MacDonald came
in fifth with a time of one minute,
48.73 seconds in the giant slalom.
Senior Allison Empey (1:49.55)
made the top-10 in ninth and junior
Lacy Saugstad (1:50.25) finished
the two-runs in 13th.
The mens team was led by
sophomore Ryan Wolosyn who
made it down the slalom in one
minute, 41.44 seconds for a 21st
place. Senior Dan McKay was
24th at 1:42.60 and All-American,
Egil Ismar was clocked at 1:44.36
for 26th.
The womens team tallied 67
points and the mens team added
39 points to the total.