The UAA Ski Team was able to claim a fourth place team finish at the UAA Invitational, taking place at both Kincaid Park (Nordic) and Alyeska Resort (Alpine) from Feb. 4-10.
The University of Utah was able claim the team title convincingly with 898 points, a good bulk of which came from the men and women’s Nordic events in which they placed first in three of the four events held.
Behind them in second was Colorado University (831 points), University of Denver in third (775), the Seawolves (718) and Montana State University (688) rounding out the top five teams.
In the Men’s Nordic events, MSU’s David Norris finished first in the 5K Classical and second in the 10K Freestyle, earning the Bobcats 97 points from his efforts alone. UAA sophomore Lukas Ebner led the way for the Seawolves with his eighth place and fifteenth place finishes in the Classical and Freestyle, respectively.
On the Women’s side, Utah’s Maria Graefnings and CU’s Eliska Hajkova both earned 97 points for their respective teams with first and second place finishes. Graefnings won the 10K Freestyle while Hajkova claimed the 5K Classical. UAA senior Jaime Bronga highlighted a strong team showing by the Seawolf Women. She finished fourth in both the Classical and Freestyle to earn the Seawolves 82 points on her own.
On the mountain, the Men’s Alpine saw DU’s Espen Lysdahl take first in the Slalom and second in the Giant Slalom to gain 97 points for his pair of impressive showings. UAA junior Andreas Adde finished in sixth place in the Giant Slalom and in eleventh place in the Slalom to lead the UAA Men.
Utah’s Tii-Maria Romar claimed victory in the Women’s Slalom as well as a third place finish in the Giant Slalom to highlight the women’s competition. The UAA Women saw freshman Anais Urbain claim 41 points with her fourth place finish in the Giant Slalom while senior Alex Parker claimed eighth place in the Slalom to help pace the Seawolves.
Action kicked off with all of the same teams competing in the Seawolf Invitational that took place Feb. 9-11.
Utah was again the victors after they claimed a team score of 858 points to edge out Denver (806), who made a charge on the last day of the meet with a combined 240 points from the Men and Women’s Slalom events.
Colorado (775) wound up in third place just ahead of New Mexico (769). UAA would take the fifth spot to wrap up their second host meet.
CU’s Rune Oedegaard and Norris battled for supremacy in the Men’s Nordic events. Norris claimed his third win of the week after he edged Oedegaard in the 10K Freestyle. Odeegaard exacted revenge when he claimed victory over Norris in the 20K Classical race. Both racers earned their teams 97 points apiece with their respective 1-2 finishes.
Once again, Ebner would lead the UAA contingent with his pair of ninth place finishes in both the Classical and Freestyle events.
Hajkova and Bronga went head to head in both the Women’s 5K Freestyle and 15K Classical races. Hajkova would claim first in both events and earn Colorado a max 100 points. Bronga continued her impressive senior year with a second and third place effort in the Classical and Freestyle events, respectively. She earned 91 points for UAA and finished in the top-5 of all of her events over the week.
At Alyeska, DU’s Trevor Philp took home the gold in the Men’s Slalom with a time of 1:24.49. Lysdahl would take second to help the Pioneers to a 1-2 sweep in the event. The Seawolves would be led by Harmanen who finished in tenth place with a time of 1:26.81. The Men’s Giant Slalom races would be cancelled due to poor conditions.
On the Women’s side, Denver’s Sterling Grant would take home the win in the Slalom while Utah’s Jaime DuPratt claimed the Giant Slalom victory, both earning 50 points for their teams. Urbain finished her impressive week for the Seawolves by claiming second place in the Giant Slalom, only .44 seconds behind DuPratt. In the Slalom, UAA junior Kayla Hoog-Fry was the top Seawolf with her twenty-first place finish.