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148 Skiers to Compete at 2015 NCAA Championships


According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, 74 men and 74 women from the Eastern, Rocky Mountain, and Central regions will compete at the 2015 NCAA Championships in Lake Placid, New York from March 11 to 14. The two cross country skiing races will be held at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. The women’s 5-kilometer and men’s 10 k freestyle individual starts will take place March 11, while the women’s 15 k and men’s 20 k classic mass starts are on March 13.

See the full list of participants below or here.

East Region – Men East Region – Women
Dylan Brooks, Dartmouth College Katelyn Barclay, Middlebury College
Robert Cone, Middlebury College Jeanne Barthold, Colby College
Dominique Garand, University of Vermont Kelsey Chenoweth, Bates College
Christoph Lentz, Williams College Libby Gibson, Dartmouth College
Craig Marshall, Colby College Elle Gilbert, Middlebury College
Christopher McKenna, Middlebury College Mardene Haskell, Colby College
Ben Morse, Dartmouth College Lizzie Kistler, Dartmouth College
Jay Ogle, University of New Hampshire Sierra Leavitt, Colby College
Coley Oliver, University of New Hampshire Foreste Peterson, Dartmouth College
Riley Plant, Middlebury College Kristina Riis-Johannessen, University of Vermont
Kevyn Read, Dartmouth College Mary Sackbauer, Middlebury College
Philippe Rivet, University of New Hampshire Laurence St. Germain, University of Vermont
William St. Germain, University of Vermont Randa Techner, University of New Hampshire
Fredrik Sandell, Saint Michael’s College Elli Terwiel, University of Vermont
Takehiro Watanabe, Plymouth State University Allison Visconti, St. Lawrence University
Taylor Wunsch, University of Vermont Lisa Wedsjö, University of New Hampshire
West Region – Men West Region – Women
Sean Alexander, University of Alaska Anchorage Isabella Andreini, University of Alaska Anchorage
Endre Bjertness, University of Utah Devin Delaney, University of Denver
Joergen Brath, University of Utah Chloe Fausa, University of Utah
Sebastian Brigovic, University of Denver Charley Field, University of Alaska Anchorage
Garret Driller, Montana State University, Bozeman Brooke Wales Granstrom, University of Colorado, Boulder
Henrik Gunnarsson, University of Colorado, Boulder Thea Grosvold, University of Colorado, Boulder
Kasper Hietanen, University of Colorado, Boulder Kristine Haugen, University of Denver
Sean Horner, University of New Mexico Kari Hole, Montana State University, Bozeman
Espen Lysdahl, University of Denver Jessica Honkonen, University of Colorado, Boulder
Curtis McKillop, University of Alaska Anchorage Monica Hübner, University of Denver
David Neuhauser, Montana State University, Bozeman Marion Hudry, University of Alaska Anchorage
Hughston Norton, University of Alaska Anchorage Stephanie Irwin, Montana State University, Bozeman
Carl-Johan Oster, University of New Mexico Ana Kobal, University of Utah
David Owsley, Montana State University, Bozeman Benedicte Lyche, Montana State University, Bozeman
Juho-Pekka Penttinen, University of New Mexico Sara Ottosson, University of New Mexico
Trevor Philp, University of Denver Mateja Robnik, University of New Mexico
Andy Trow, University of Utah Kristiina Rove, University of Utah
Adam Zika, University of Colorado, Boulder Sydney Staples, University of New Mexico
Central Region – Men Central Region – Women
Kyle Bratrud, Northern Michigan University Sharmila Ahmed, The College of St. Scholastica
Jake Brown, St. Olaf College Kristen Bourne, Northern Michigan University
Tom Bye, Michigan Technological University Alice Flanders, Michigan Technological University
Logan Hanneman, University of Alaska Fairbanks Felicia Gesior, Northern Michigan University
Haakon Hjelstuen, Michigan Technological University Deedra Irwin, Michigan Technological University
Jonas Löffler, University of Alaska Fairbanks Anita Kirvesniemi, The College of St. Scholastica
Paul Schommer, The College of St. Scholastica Anne-Tine Markset, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fredrik Schwencke, Northern Michigan University Jordyn Ross, Northern Michigan University
Erik Soderman, Northern Michigan University
East Region – Men East Region – Women
Rogan Brown, University of Vermont Olivia Amber, Colby College
Patrick Caldwell, Dartmouth College Mary-Kate Cirelli, University of Vermont
Eirik Fosnaes, University of New Hampshire Hannah Cole, Williams College
Raleigh Goessling, University of New Hampshire Hallie Grossman, Bates College
Jorgen Grav, University of Vermont Rachel Hampton, Harvard University
Jack Hegman, University of Vermont Stella Holt, Middlebury College
Eli Hoenig, Williams College Stephanie Kirk, University of Vermont
Akeo Maifeld-Carucci, Harvard University Katrin Larusson, University of New Hampshire
Patrick McElravey, Middlebury College Hannah Miller, Bowdoin College
Austin Meng, St. Lawrence University Heather Mooney, Middlebury College
Fabian Stocek, Dartmouth College Kelsey Phinney, Middlebury College
Silas Talbot, Dartmouth College Alayna Sonnesyn, University of Vermont
Will Wicherski, Williams College Corey Stock, Dartmouth College
Annika Taylor, University of New Hampshire
West Region – Men West Region – Women
Erik Axelson, Montana State University, Bozeman Selma Ahlsand, University of Denver
Noé Bellet, University of Utah Silje Benum, University of Denver
Kevin Bolger, University of Utah Emilie Cedervarn, University of New Mexico
Jorgen Brevik, University of Denver Jessica Gnuchtel, University of New Mexico
Jackson Hill, University of Colorado, Boulder Anna-Lena Heynen, University of Utah
Saywer Kesselheim, Montana State University, Bozeman Linnea Hulton, Montana State University, Bozeman
Moritz Madlener, University of Denver Petra Hyncicova, University of Colorado, Boulder
Forrest Mahlen, Montana State University-Bozeman Ane Johnsen, University of Colorado, Boulder
Alex Mahoney, University of Alaska Anchorage Mackenzie Kanady, University of Alaska Anchorage
Clement Molliet, University of Alaska Anchorage Annie Liotta, Montana State University, Bozeman
Aku Nikander, University of New Mexico Manon Locatelli, University of Alaska Anchorage
Rune Oedegaard, University of Colorado, Boulder Veronika Mayerhofer, University of Utah
Niklas Persson, University of Utah Cambria McDermott, Montana State University, Bozeman
Aljaz Praznik, University of New Mexico Sylvia Nordskar, University of Denver
Mats Resaland, University of New Mexico Kathrin Schratt, University of Alaska Anchorage
Etienne Richard, University of Alaska Anchorage Eva Sever Rus, University of New Mexico
Mads Stroem, University of Colorado, Boulder Maja Solbakken, University of Colorado, Boulder
Dag Frode Trollebo, University of Denver Sloan Storey, University of Utah

RMISA Regional Championship – VIDEO

Kincaid Park provided man-made snow with klister conditions for the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championship classic, mass-start. In the men’s 20 k classic Colorado University’s Mads Stroem and Rune Malo Oedegaard won in photo-finish followed by Aku Nikander from UNM. Clement Molliet led host UAA Seawolves in 7th. While in the women’s race Emilie Cedervaern of UNM, Vernonika Mayerhoffer of Utah and host UAA Seawolves Manon Locatelli take the podium in the 15K classic mass-start day two of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championship held on February 28, 2015 at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. Full Results RMISA Men’s Classic: RMISA Women’s Classic: Alaska College Races:

NCAA Central Regionals: Michigan Tech’s Axelsson, NMU’s Schwencke Win Classic Distance Races

(CCSA press release) Michigan Tech’s Ulrika Axelsson and Northern Michigan’s Fredrik Schwencke won the final event of the NCAA Central Regional Championships, held at Al Quaal Park in Ishpeming, Michigan. The women’s 15-kilometer classic mass start race was led out of the gates by Michigan Tech’s Deedra Irwin. As Michigan Tech Head Coach Joe Haggenmiller explained the race, “after the first climb Deedra stretched the field out and got a gap. After that she skied relaxed, and Ulrika [Axelsson] bridged the gap to Deedra near the end of the first lap along with Felicia [Gesior].” By the end of the first lap at 5 kilometers Irwin and Axelsson were leading the race with Gesior of NMU skiing along with them. The rest of the women’s field trailed the leading three by more than 10 seconds. Chasing the leaders was a group led by Alaska Fairbanks duo Ann-Cathrin Uhl and Nichole…

NCAA Central Regionals: NMU’s Soderman, Michigan Tech’s Flanders win Skate Races

(CCSA press release) Northern Michigan’s Erik Soderman and Michigan Tech’s Alice Flanders were the victors in Saturday’s freestyle race at the NCCA Central Regional Championships, held at Al Quaal Park in Ishpeming, Michigan. Soderman, the NMU senior from Njurunda, Sweden, had a terrific day at Regionals, winning the men’s 10 kilometer race by over 33 seconds with a time of 23:24. “It was a great day for Erik,” said NMU Head Coach Sten Fjeldheim. “He really lit it up on the second loop.” “He skied out a little conservatively,” said Fjeldheim explaining Soderman’s racing strategy. “That’s kind of how he does it. I think he was only 6 seconds back at 3 k. Then he increases the pace gradually.” Taking second behind Soderman was Alaska Fairbanks’ Logan Hanneman, with a time 23:57.3. “It was a solid day for Logan,” said UAF Interim Head Coach Christina Turman. “It was pretty surprising to see him…

Flanders, Soderman Win Skate Races at CCSA Champs; St. Scholastica Takes Team Titles

Michigan Tech’s Alice Flanders and Northern Michigan University’s Erik Soderman won the individual start freestyle race at the CCSA Distance Championships on Saturday, February 14th at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Cold temperatures delayed the start by an hour until the air warmed to -4 degrees Fahrenheit, the minimum temperature allowed for competitions. Flanders proved that she remains the woman to beat in freestyle at Wirth Park, winning the 10 kilometer event with a time of 13:53.2. Flanders, a senior at Michigan Tech grew up in Crystal, Minnesota skiing the trails at Wirth Park. “No doubt about it, she feels good skating on that course when it’s compact, straight man-made snow,” said Michigan Tech Head Coach Joe Haggenmiller. “This one’s kind of in our wheelhouse.” Taking second place, 11.1 seconds behind the pace of Flanders was Northern Michigan’s Jordyn Ross. In third place was St. Scholastica’s Sharmila Ahmed, taking her first individual…

Northern Michigan’s Gesior, Schwencke Win Classic Mass Starts at CCSA Distance Champs

Northern Michigan University’s Felicia Gesior and Fredrick Schwencke took the top honors in Friday’s classic mass start race at the CCSA Distance Championships held at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. The women’s 15-kilometer race was initially led by Michigan Tech’s Ulrika Axelsson who pushed the pace early on in the five lap race. Axelsson was joined in the lead on the first lap by Nicole Bathe of Alaska Fairbanks before the NMU duo of Felicia Gesior and Jordyn Ross skied to the front of the race. From then on the trio of Axelsson, Gesior and Ross led the race, staying 10 to 15 seconds ahead of the chasing pack. “She [Axelsson] was kind of the person pushing the pace throughout the race,” said Michigan Tech Head Coach Joe Haggenmiller. “She animated the race.” Haggenmiller added, “It was fun to see her out there making everyone work hard.” At the start of lap…

MTU’s Hjelstuen, Axelsson Victors at CCSA Championships Sprints

Michigan Tech’s Haakon Hjelstuen and Ulrika Axelsson skied to victory in Sunday’s CCSA Sprint Championships held at Spirit Mountain Nordic Center in Duluth, Minnesota. A 1.4 kilometer freestyle sprint, held on a winding and technical trail made for exciting racing. After a qualifying sprint 18 racers advanced to the semifinal heats, with the top two from each heat advancing to the final and third and fourth place skiers moving on to the B final. In the first men’s heat Hjelstuen, the fastest qualifier of the day with a time of 2:57.9, cruised to first while his Michigan Tech teammate Sam Holmes took second. David Joda, also of MTU finished third and St. Scholastica’s Calvin Mehrhof was fourth to move on to the B final. In the second heat St. Scholastica’s Paul Schommer and Joe Dubay dueled over the course of the race, with Schommer taking the lead up the final…

EISA Field Mingles with Nation’s Top Racers at Dartmouth Carnival

By Adam Terko  Note: This year’s Dartmouth Carnival was combined with both a NENSA Eastern Cup and the Craftsbury SuperTour. This report will focus on the EISA racing on Friday and Saturday, the results of which were pulled and separated from the overall race results in determining collegiate placings and scores. For more information, interviews and video coverage of the entire weekend of events, please see more of Fasterskier’s in-depth coverage: Friday’s Freestyle Sprints | Saturday’s Freestyle Interval Starts | Sunday’s Classic Mass Starts CRAFTSBURY, Vt. — Strong racers from across the country convened this weekend in the small rural town of Craftsbury, Vermont for three days of high-level ski racing. A combined EISA Carnival (hosted by Dartmouth), SuperTour and Eastern Cup, this block of racing was surely one of the biggest and most anticipated group of contests in the East this winter. At the forefront of “snow-farming” and snow preservation techniques,…

St. Scholastica Sweeps CCSA Relay Championships

The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) swept the top of the podium Saturday at the CCSA Relay Championships, winning on home snow at Spirit Mountain Nordic Center in Duluth, Minnesota. The women’s 3 x 7 kilometer freestyle relay was led out of the gates by Michigan Tech’s Ulrika Axelsson with St. Scholastica’s Anita Kirvesniemi and Liz Peterson skiing in close pursuit. Axelsson held the lead for her entire leg, handing off to teammate Lisa Koenig just ahead of Kirvesniemi and Peterson. Kirvesniemi of CSS 1 tagged off to Ellie Evans, and Peterson of CSS 2 handed off to Chelsey Youngberg. The two St. Scholastica teams quickly took control of the race, with Evans and Youngberg pulling away from Michigan Tech’s Koenig. Evans handed off to CSS 1 anchor leg Sharmila Ahmed with a 31-second advantage over CSS 2’s anchor skier Allison Ternes. Michigan Tech’s Koenig tagged off to Alice Flanders 23 seconds behind…

CU’s Du Pasquier, UVM’s Grav Each Finish 17th at World University Games

Russia dominated the final day of cross country skiing competitions at World University Games in Strbske Pleso, Slovakia, sweeping the top five spots in the men’s 30 k race. Andrey Larkov came away with the win over Raul Sharkirzianov and Artem Nikolaev on Sunday. The day before the women contested a 15 k skate mass start, with Anastassiya Slonova of Kazakhstan earning her second win of the week after also besting the field in the skate sprint. Slonova finished 8.8 seconds ahead of Svetlana Nikolaeva of Russia, with Ewelina Marcisz of Poland placing third. Full Results from all competitions can be found at the event website. The U.S. was represented by the University of Wyoming team, whose best finishes were: Elise Sulser placed 23rd (+1:19.7 from winner Oxana Usatova of Russia, who most recently competed in the Tour de Ski) in the 5 k classic. Sierra Jech placed 41st in…