Collegiate Racing Blog Banner

General

World University Biathlon Pursuit Goes to Russians

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

By Evan Girard

OSRBLIE, Slovakia — Sunny skies for the first time at the 2015 World University Games in Osrblie, Slovakia, made for an ideal day for biathlon on Wednesday, with pursuit races that had racers start in the position they finished at Tuesday’s sprint in the hopes of catching the sprint winner.

After the Russian men swept the sprint podium, it was no surprise the 12.5-kilometer pursuit was yet again all about the Russians.

Shuffling up the order in which they finished, Russia’s Yuri Shopin, a two-time bronze medalist at the these Games, wouldn’t settle for anything less than gold for his third individual medal of the week. He started third and 15 seconds behind, then shot clean through all four stages, but didn’t take the lead until the final lap where he outsprinted his teammate Jaroslav Ivanov for the victory.

The sprint winner, Ivanov started first and pulled away from his competitors with each passing lap in the pursuit. His single shooting mistake came on his final trip to the range, but even after a penalty loop, Ivanov had a 12-second lead over Shopin. However, he couldn’t hold it on the final lap, and as he crossed the finish 1.5 seconds behind Shopin, Ivanov shook his head in disappointment.

Completing the Russian medal sweep for the second-consecutive day was Maksim Burtasov with three misses. He finished 42.6 seconds behind and was out of touch from first and second place, but had room to breathe over France’s Vincent Mathieu in fourth (+1:29.6).

Mathieu moved up from 11th to fourth and 1:29.6 with a single shooting error. Similarly Russia’s Oleg Kolodiichuk hit all but one of his targets and made the biggest improvement of the men’s pursuit, starting 18th and finishing fifth (+1:52.1) in a photo finish with another Russian, Stanislav Pershikov.

Pershikov ended up 0.1 second behind in sixth, giving Russia five out of the top six.

The Slovakian crowd was excited to see hometown hero Paulina Fialkova start the women’s 10 k pursuit first. Following her decisive win in Tuesday’s sprint race, Fialkova had nearly a 30-second margin on the second starter. Ultimately, three mistakes shooting would prove too much for Fialkova and she dropped to second behind Russia’s Evgeniia Pavlova, who only made two errors and started second to give Russia its first women’s gold.

Pavlova shot quickly and despite two misses, she held the edge over her competitors, finishing 38.2 seconds ahead of Fialkova. Russia put two on the podium with Kristina Smirnova placing third (+1:45.8) with two misses.

Anna Kistanova of Kazakhstan took fourth (+2:49.0), and Ukraine’s Iana Bondar finished fifth (+3:01.8). Finally, Russia’s Kristina Ilchenko had a fast final lap to move from 12th to sixth in less than 2 k, 3:16.7 behind Pavlova.

No North Americans completed the pursuit Wednesday.

Results: Men | Women

Russia Dominates World University Biathlon Sprints

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

By Evan Girard

OSRBLIE, Slovakia — Team Russia continued to dominate the biathlon events on Tuesday at the Winter University Games in Osrblie, Slovakia, sweeping the men’s podium in the 10-kilometer sprint. However, in the women’s race, Slovakia’s own Paulina Fialkova had the edge, taking gold in the 7.5 k sprint ahead of Russia’s Evgeniia Pavlova.

Not racing the men’s individual two days earlier proved to be the winning strategy for Russia’s Iaroslav Ivanov, who powered to the winning time of 23:17 with one penalty in the men’s sprint. Just 13.4 seconds behind, his teammates, Maksim Burtasov claimed second with one miss as well and Yuri Shopin took third (+14.9) with two penalties for his second bronze medal of the week.

Czech Republic national-team member Michal Krcmar missed Sunday’s individual to race the World Cup in Antholz, Italy. Krcmar ended up 24.5 seconds off Ivanov’s pace in fourth with two misses.

Clean shooting helped Ukraine’s Vasyl Potapenko finish less than half a second out of fourth in fifth, 24.9 seconds back from the winner. Fellow Ukrainian, Rusian Tkalenko followed in sixth position (+45.8).

Reagan Mills came in as the top Canadian man in 48th, 6:10.9 behind with two penalties. Evan Girard finished 51st (+7:09.8) with three misses, Sasha Eccleston came in 54th (+7:23.2) with four penalties, and Samuel West was 56th (+10:15.0) with four penalties.

The sprint race for the women was a day of incredible shooting with only three misses between the top seven women; all three came from Czech racers.

Fialkova gave the home crowd exactly what they wanted, with clean shooting and the second-fastest course time on route to Slovakia’s first gold medal at the Games.

Her winning time of 20:20.8 was just part of her perfect day, after holding the lead at every checkpoint and shooting without mistakes.

Not to be outdone by the Russian men, Pavlova also hit all 10 of her targets, though was no match for the Slovakian’s speed on course, finishing 29.5 seconds behind.

The Czech World Cup racers proved to be a significant threat for the women as well. Jitka Landova and Eva Puskarcikova took third and fourth, respectively. Landova finished 34.9 seconds out of the top position with one miss, and Puskarcikova was 51.4 seconds off the pace but had the second-fastest ski time to Fialkova with two penalties.

Two Kazakhstan athletes, Galina Vishnevskaya and Anna Kistanova, took fifth and sixth after having nearly identical races, skiing similar speeds and both hitting all of their targets.

Keely Macculloch was the top Canadian in 40th, 4:43.9 behind the winner with one shooting error in each of her two trips to the range. Jessica Paterson finished 43rd, 5:43.2 back after three penalty loops.

Results: Men | Women

Rusinov, Raikova Win First Biathlon Races at World University Games

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

By Evan Girard

Paulina Fialkova, skied and shot to third in the World University games in front of a home crowd.

Paulina Fialkova, skied and shot to third place at the World University Games’ biathlon 15 k in front of a home crowd.

OSRBLIE, Slovakia — The 27th Winter University Games officially began on Saturday, welcoming the top university athletes from around the world to compete in five biathlon events; individual, sprint, pusuit, mixed relay, and mass start. Osrblie, Slovakia will be home for the biathletes for the 10 days of the games. Sunday began the competition with the individual race format, men racing 20k and women racing 15k.

Despite having no natural snow, staff at Osrblie made enough snow to cover the 4 k men’s loop, though above zero temperatures made skiing on the artificial snow very difficult.

The men were the first to race in front of the ecstatic crowd, skiing the 4 k course five times and entering the range four times to shoot between each loop. Racers alternated shooting in the prone and standing positions, and incurred a minute penalty to their time for each missed shot – a format unique to the individual race.

Dmytro Rusinov of Ukraine proved to be the best man of the day. Rusinov was only second racer of the day to complete his race and he would remain in the top position, as the remaining 52 racers came in behind him. Collecting only one miss during the day and completing his race in 49:52.8, he collected Ukraine’s first medal of the games.

Russia proved to have a strong team, claiming the next three finishing positions and the top three isolated ski times. Vadim Filimonov claimed the silver medal with two shooting errors, 22.6 seconds back. Bronze went to Yuri Shopin, who finished 1:25.2 behind with three misses. Oleg Kolodiichuk skied to fourth place, only making one mistake finishing 1:29.5 behind Rusinov.

Vincent Mathieu of France took fifth position, 1:32.9 behind and Maksim Ramanouski of Belarus, who shot a perfect twenty-for-twenty to claim the sixth position.

Among 54 men in the field, two Canadians Evan Girard of the University of Saskatchewan and Sasha Eccleston of the University of Alberta Augustana Campus completed the 20k individual.

Girard, top Canadian of the day, made six errors, shooting to finish 14:58.0 off the pace in 46th position. Eccleston took 52nd after missing 10 shots and finishing 20:58.8 back.

The 47 women saw even more challenging ski conditions in their 15 k individual, having followed the men’s race.

Kazakhstan claimed their first gold of the games on the opening day of competition with Alina Raikova only making one shooting mistake and narrowly claiming the winning time of 47:29.4 over Russia’s Ekaterina Avvakumova.

Avvakumova shot perfectly, hitting each of her twenty targets, but missed the top step of the podium by just 9.0 seconds.

“I’m satisfied with the results of a race. I haven’t hoped of so good results before start of the competition. At first race I obtained golden medal, and that’s why I hope that I will succeed in another races.” Raikova said to the Slovak press following her race.

Racing in her home country, Paulina Fialkova gave the fans what they came for, claiming the bronze medal for Slovakia. Fialkova dominated on the skis, setting the fastest course time by over a minute. Despite four minutes of added time due to missed shooting, she finished 41.7 seconds off the winning time.

56.9 second back, Galina Vishnevskaya of Kazakhstan clawed back into the race with a jump from 17th to fourth. Evgenila Pavlova and Kristina Smirnova, both of Russia finished fifth and sixth, 1:30.5 and 2:47.8 behind respectively.

Keely Macculloch from the University of Alberta Augustana Campus and Jessica Paterson of the University of Alberta represented Canada in the women’s race. Macculloch and Paterson skied nearly identical lap times but Macculloch only made four shooting mistakes to finish 37th, 10:56.8 back. Paterson, who missed five, was 12:25.1 behind in 39th.

Paterson told FasterSkier after her race, “Things went okay for me. It was really tough out there, the corners were so soft and the climbs weren’t much better.”

Men’s Results

Women’s Results

Yeaton Eighth in World University Games Sprint

Sunday, January 25th, 2015
Jessica Yeaton racing in the 2013 NCAA Championships in Middlebury, Vermont.

Jessica Yeaton racing in the 2013 NCAA Championships in Middlebury, Vermont.

Jessica Yeaton (Alaska Pacific University) finished eighth in the freestyle sprint at World University Games. Held Sunday, it was the opening competition of the weeklong event, which is being held in Strbske Pleso, Slovakia. An Australian native, Yeaton graduated from Montana State University and is training with APU while shooting for the 2018 Olympics.

The sprint was won by Anastassiya Slonova of Kazakhstan, a 2014 Olympian who bested Poland’s Ewelina Marcisz by 0.18 seconds in the final. Svetlana Nikolaeva of Russia placed third.

Representing the United States, Sierra Jech and Elise Sulser placed 41st and 43rd. Catherine Schmidt and Yara Thomas followed in 49th and 50th.

In the men’s sprint Russia swept the podium with Andrey Larkov, Anton Gafarov, and Raul Shkirzianov. Larkov recently had two top-10’s in Tour de Ski stages; Gafarov was 12th in the sprint at the 2014 Olympics and has two World Cup sprint podiums. They were rivaled by Poland’s Maciej Starega, the only Pole to score World Cup points so far this season and a top-ten sprinter himself.

University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Max Olex, skiing for his native Germany, placed 15th after just missing the semifinals. The University of Vermont’s Joergen Grav finished 18th for Norway. University of Colorado’s Arnaud du Pasquier, who made his World Cup debut for Switzerland in Davos earlier this season, placed 43rd and is no doubt looking forward to distance racing. Former University of New Mexico standout Aku Nikander, back in his native Finland, placed 61st.

Kyle Bochanski led the U.S. contingent, placing 71st. His teammates Benjamin Noren, Taylor Vignaroli, Samuel Wiswell, and Sindre Solvang placed 74th, 79th, 80th, and 84th, respectively. All attend the University of Wyoming.

Results: women / men

Studebaker New Assistant Nordic Coach at UAA

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
Former U.S. Biathlon national-team member Sara Studebaker competed at two Olympics, Vancouver  (shown here) in 2010 and Sochi in 2014. She retired this spring and recently accepted a position as assistant nordic coach at University of Alaska Anchorage. (Photo: UAA/Nordic Focus)

Former U.S. Biathlon national-team member Sara Studebaker competed at two Olympics, Vancouver (shown here) in 2010 and Sochi in 2014. She retired this spring and recently accepted a position as assistant nordic coach at University of Alaska Anchorage. (Photo: UAA/Nordic Focus)

(University of Alaska Anchorage press release)

ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage (UAA) head ski coach Sparky Anderson announced Thursday the addition of two-time Olympian Sara Studebaker to the 2014-15 Seawolf staff. Studebaker will serve as the assistant Nordic coach.

Studebaker, a biathlete from Boise, Idaho, comes to UAA after wrapping up her professional career in the World Cup circuit last spring and at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, with Team USA. She was also a three-year member of the U.S. World Championships Team and competed collegiately for Dartmouth College.

“We’re extremely excited about adding Sara to our coaching staff,” said Anderson. “As a two-time Olympian and a key component of the 2007 Dartmouth ski team that won an NCAA Championship, Sara understands what it takes to compete and succeed on the biggest stage.”

“I’m honored to join the UAA staff and I look forward to working with such talented athletes,” said Studebaker. “Having spent the last few years training in and out of Anchorage, I am very excited to have this opportunity to give back to the Alaska ski community. UAA has so much to offer student-athletes, especially skiers, and I am eager to help them succeed, both on and off the trails.”

At Sochi, Studebaker competed in three individual races, including a 44th-place showing in the 7.5km sprint, while helping Team USA to a seventh-place result in the 4x6km relay. Most recently, she competed in Oslo, Norway, in her final World Cup competition. Overall, Studebaker concluded the 2013-14 with a No. 93 ranking.

After graduating from Dartmouth College in 2007, Studebaker moved to the Lake Placid, N.Y., to begin training as a member of the U.S. Biathlon Team. She made her first Olympic Team in 2010 and headed to Vancouver, B.C., where she furnished four top-50 results – including a season-best 34th in the 15km race.

Dartmouth’s Torin Tucker Passes Away During Craftsbury Marathon

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Dartmouth junior Torin Tucker passed away while racing the Craftsbury Marathon on Saturday in Craftsbury, Vt. According to a statement released by Dartmouth College late Saturday night: “After the college informed Tucker’s family and expressed its deep sympathy and support, President Philip Hanlon shared the tragic news with the college community in a campus-wide email.”

“The thoughts of Dartmouth athletics are with Torin’s family, friends, and the entire Dartmouth community on this sad day,”  Dartmouth Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy said in the statement.

“We urge students, faculty, and staff who would like to speak to a counselor or chaplain, on their own behalf or out of concern for someone else to contact Safety and Security at any hour,” President Hanlon said. “Please do not hesitate to seek help during this time of grief.”

According to the statement, Dartmouth’s ski team has returned to campus and will not compete in the remainder of the Vermont Carnival.

Dartmouth spokesman Rick Bender told the Associated Press that Tucker, of Sun Valley, Idaho, died at the scene after attempts to resuscitate him failed. The cause of his death is still under investigation.

CU, DU Skiers & Canada’s Seaton In Quarterfinals of Universiade Sprints

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Racing continued at World University Games in Trentino, Italy, this weekend with both individual and team sprints.

In Sunday’s team sprint, University of Colorado skier (and NCAA Champion) Rune Malo Ødegård teamed up with Marte Monrad-Hansen to make Norway’s first team, which finished 7th in the final, 17.36 seconds behind the winning Russian team. University of Denver’s Trygve Markset was on Norway II, finishing 5th in their semifinal for 11th overall. Several other European racers from U.S. universities also competed.

The Canadian team of Andrea Lee and Harry Seaton finished 11th in their semifinal for 21st overall. Canada II (Jordan Casgagnette and Camille Pepin) placed 28th; two American teams (Elise Sulser and Taylor Vignaroli, and Kyle Bochanski and Sierra Jech) finished 35th and 36th.

On Saturday, Russia swept all but one podium position in the individual classic sprints. In the women’s race, Oxana Usatova, Olga Tsareva, Olga Repnitsyna, and Viktoria Kuramshina took spots 1-4. The top North American university skier was Eliska Hajkova of the Czech Republic, a Colorado University athlete, who placed 16th; Canada’s Camille Pepin narrowly missed making the heats, ending up 32nd.

In the men’s final, Maxim Kovalev and Pavel Siulatov of Russia swept the top two spots, but Heikki Korpela was able to snag third place and keep the Russians from complete podium dominance. Markset, of the University of Denver, was the top North American racer, placing 21st. Ødegård  and Seaton also made the heats, finishing 26th and 29th. Ødegård  had the 11th-fastest qualification time, but was unable to convert that into a place in the semifinals.

Results for all the skiers from American and Canadian universities below.

Men’s classic sprint

1 KOVALEV Maxim  RUS 3:28.98  
2 SIULATOV Pavel  RUS 3:30.32  
3 KORPELA Heikki  FIN 3:30.37  
21 MARKSET Trygve  NOR 3:31.80 University of Denver
26 OEDEGAARD Rune Malo  NOR 3:30.99 University of Colorado
29 SEATON Harry  CAN 3:35.02 Lakehead University
48 CASCAGNETTE Jordan  CAN 3:41.31 Nipissing University
50 BELLET Noe  FRA 3:42.07 University of Utah
55 BEISEL Peter  CAN 3:45.89 Carleton University
58 HAWKINGS Lee  CAN 3:46.60 Carleton University
61 OLEX Max  GER 3:47.47 University of Alaska Fairbanks
67 D HONT Thomsen  CAN 3:49.54 Nipissing University
70 PURDON Matthias  CAN 3:50.96 Trent University
82 VIGNAROLI Taylor  USA 4:07.65 University of Wyoming
85 BOCHANSKI Kyle  USA 4:09.89 University of Wyoming
89 VIA William  USA 4:29.31 University of Wyoming
92 SOLVANG Sindre  USA 4:59.10 University of Wyoming

 

 

Women’s classic sprint

1 USATOVA Oxana  RUS 3:23.79  
2 TSAREVA Olga  RUS 3:26.16  
3 REPNITSYNA Olga  RUS 3:29.89  
16 HAJKOVA Eliska  CZE 3:38.42 University of Colorado
32 PEPIN Camille  CAN 3:44.21 Laval University
36 BENUM Silje Dahl  NOR 3:44.87 University of Denver
39 NORDSKAR Sylvia Thorson  NOR 3:46.29 University of Denver
41 CAPPEL Makayla  USA 3:47.55 University of Denver
44 PAQUETTE Myriam  CAN 3:48.85 Laval University
51 HEYES Kajsa  CAN 3:50.73 Nipissing University
55 LEE Andrea  CAN 3:51.78 University of New Mexico
56 MURRAY Kendra  CAN 3:52.03 Carleton University
59 DUSSER Marine  FRA 3:53.68 University of Alaska Anchorage
61 JASPERS Kara  CAN 3:56.28 Queen’s University
63 JECH Sierra  USA 3:57.84 University of Wyoming
73 SCHROETER Britta  USA 4:21.47 University of Wyoming
76 JOHNSON Sarah  USA 4:31.44 University of Wyoming

 

World University Games Kick Off, NCAA Champs Competing

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Despite the fact that winter has barely started, World University Games have kicked off in Trentino, Italy, with cross-country, nordic combined, and biathlon competitions among the many disciplines. The Games (also called a Universiade) are open to anyone who is at a university, and the U.S. and Canada both sent teams, and several international students on North American college teams also participated (results summarized at the bottom).

First up was cross country skiing, with 5 + 5 k and 7.5 + 7.5 k skiathlons on Thursday. In the women’s race, Kazakhstan took not only the win but three of the top five places. Tatyana Ossipa, who started off the season on the World Cup placing in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, won in 29:34. It was a group finish where she edged out Kateryna Grygorenko of Ukraine by 1 second and Marjaana Pitkaenen of Finland by 0.4 more.

In the men’s 15 k race, Raul Shakirzianov of Russia sprinted to the win in 38:42. Mark Starostin of Kazakhstan won a photo finish against Pavel Siulatov of Russia for second, +0.6 each; Akira Lenting of Japan, who trains in Falun, Sweden, was fourth in +1.1. University of Colorado skier Rune Malo Oedegaard, originally from Norway and last year’s NCAA champion, was just off the pace, finishing 12th in +27.4.

Held on Friday, the women’s 15 k for biathlon may have been one of the most prestigious races. 2010 Olympian Natalia Prekopova of Slovakia finished in 47:28.9, followed by many-time World Cup top ten finisher Weronika Nowakowska-Ziemniak of Poland, +14.6, and Jitka Landova of the Czech Republic, +21.3. World Championships bronze medalist Monika Hojnisz of Poland placed fifth.

In the men’s 20 k individual, Sergei Kliachin of Russia raced to a big win in 51:56.7. Teammate Alexander Mingalev finished second, +1:31.3, and Serbian World Cup regular Milanko Petrovic third +1:39.4.

Six more days of cross country ski competitions and four more days of biathlon competitions are still on the schedule.

 

Women’s 10 k skiathlon

1. Tatyana Ossipova, KAZ 29:34.7

2. Kateryna Grygorenko, Ukraine +1.0

3. Marjaana Pirkaenen, Finland +1.4

22. Eliska Hajkova, Czech Republic +1:04.8 (CU Boulder, NCAA champion 2011 in 15 k classic)

32. Sylvia Thorson Nordskar, Norway +2:04.8 (University of Denver)

39. Marine Dusser, France +2:17.0 (formerly University of Alaska Anchorage)

40. Silje Dahl Benum, Norway +2:19.7 (University of Denver)

48. Noe Bellet, FRA +3:52.1 (University of Utah)

49. Andrea Lee, Canada +3:17.4 (Universtity of New Mexico)

50. Makayla Cappel, USA +3:19.3 (University of Denver)

52. Kendra Murray, CAN + 3:38.0 (Carleton University)

53. Myriam Paquette, CAN + 3:44.3 (Laval University)

56. Camille Pepin, CAN + 4:14.7 (Laval University)

60. Elise Sulser, USA +4:37.1 (University of Wyoming)

63. Sierra Jech, USA + 6:05.8 (University of Wyoming)

68. Bridgette Weiner, USA +9:56.0 (University of Wyoming)

71. Britta Schroeter, USA +11:44.1 (University of Wyoming)

 

Men’s 15 k skiathlon

1. Raul Shakirzianov, RUS 38:42.1

2. Mark Starostin, KAZ +0.6

3. Pavel Siulatov, RUS +0.6

12. Rune Malo Oedegaard, NOR +27.4 (University of Colorado Boulder, 2013 NCAA champion in 10 k classic)

25. Lukas Ebner, GER +1:28.8 (University of Alaska Anchorage)

35. Trygve Markset, NOR  +2:09.8 (University of Denver)

57. Jordan Cascagnette, CAN + 4:25.8 (Nipissing University)

59. Harry Seaton, CAN +4:31.5 (Lakehead University)

67. Matthias Purdon, CAN + 5:05.5 (Trent University)

68. Peter Beisel, CAN +5:18.7 (Carleton University)

70. Max Olex, GER +6:00.0 (University of Alaska Fairbanks)

72. Lee Hawkings, CAN + 6:14.0 (Carleton University)

82. William Via, USA + 12:25.5 (University of Wyoming)

83. Patrick Rodgers, USA +12:58.4 (University of Wyoming)

 

Women’s biathlon 15 k individual

1. Natalia Prekopova, SVK 47:38.9

2. Weronika Nowakowska-Ziemniak, POL +14.6

3. Jitka Landova, CZE +21.3

31. Jennifer Paterson, CAN +10:21.5 (University of Alberta)

32. Keely Macculloch, CAN +10:59.9 (Universitey of Alberta)

35. Jessica Biggs, CAN +16:55 (University of Manitoba)

37. Elizabeth Mawdsley, CAN +17:30 (University of Alberta)

 

Men’s biathlon 20 k individual

1. Sergei Kliachin, RUS 51:56.7

2. Alexander Mingalev, RUS +1:31.3

3. Milanko Petrovic, SRB +1:39.4

39. Guillaume Bertrand, CAN +9:16.8 (University of Quebec)

41. William Poffenroth, CAN + 9:47.1 (Devry Institute of Technology)

49. Ryan Burlingame, CAN +13:35.7 (University of Alberta)

52. David Poffenroth, CAN +15:07.7 (Royal Roads University)

56. Nicholas Lenko, CAN +23:16.0 (University of Alberta)

57. Evan Girard, CAN + 23:33.0 (University of Saskatchewan)

 

Results Portal

De Yong Returns to UAA as Coach

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

ANCHORAGE – Head ski coach Sparky Anderson announced Thursday the addition of former Seawolf All-American Nicole De Yong to the 2013-14 coaching staff. De Yong will serve as the assistant Nordic coach.

“I’m extremely excited about bringing a Seawolf back home,” said Anderson. “She was a standout athlete and she will be an exceptional coach. Nicole really rounds out our staff and will bring a lot to our program.”

De Yong was a four-year letterwinner for the Seawolves in skiing, and a three-year competitor in cross country.  Courtesy: Curtis C. Snyder

De Yong was a four-year letterwinner for the Seawolves in skiing, and a three-year competitor in cross country. Courtesy: Curtis C. Snyder

De Yong returns to UAA after serving as assistant Nordic coach at the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation in Ketchum, Idaho, since 2011, where she facilitated practices for high-school level skiers. Additionally, De Yong assisted with the organization of summer training for university-level skiers.

De Yong was a four-year letterwinner for the Seawolves in skiing, and a three-year competitor in cross country. A two-time All-American on the nordic trails, the local East Anchorage High School product was the NCAA runner-up in the 15-K freestyle at the 2005 NCAA Championships. In addition to her multiple skiing honors, De Yong was also a key runner on the 2004 Seawolf team that earned the school’s first-ever NCAA berth in women’s cross country.

De Yong, who graduated magna cum laude in May 2006 with a natural sciences degree, was a member of a the Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key honors societies, and made a pair of appearances on UAA’s dean’s list. She was named an academic All-American four times by the NCAA ski coaches, and she twice earned GNAC all-academic honors. On top of her full academic and athletic workloads, De Yong also volunteered her time with UAA’s student-athlete advisory committee (as SAAC president in 2005-06), and at local hospitals.

SOURCE: UAA

 

St. Scholastica’s Salmela, NMU’s Fjeldheim collect CCSA coach of the year honors

Friday, March 1st, 2013

The College of St. Scholastica’s Chad Salmela has been named the CCSA men’s coach of the year, and Northern Michigan’s Sten Fjeldheim earned the CCSA women’s coach of the year award, the conference office announced Thursday.

Picking up where he left off after a landmark 2011-12 season, Salmela continues to lead a young program (this season marked just the seventh year of St. Scholastica’s skiing) forward in leaps and bounds. Among the Saints’ accomplishments this season include a first-ever podium spot at NCAA regionals, as the men’s team took third in Houghton last week. Salmela also helped Jeremy Hecker to his second straight NCAA appearance – the first skier in Saints’ history to compete at multiple national championships. In addition to the consistency of Hecker, who finished outside of the CCSA top six only once all season, Salmela’s men’s team also demonstrated their depth this season, with Scott Johanik, Nick Power and Chris Parr all playing vital roles for the Saints.

“It is a nice honor to be recognized by your peer group for doing something that they wish to recognize,” Salmela said. “To me, my job is all about being coach of the year to my athletes, and that drives me more than anything. But it’s nice to have coaches who have accomplished so much and have so many years of success, give you a nod to what you do. I am very honored to receive this award.”

Fjeldheim, meanwhile, enjoyed another exceptional season at the helm of the Northern Michigan’s women’s team. Fjeldheim helped guide the team to the CCSA Championship title for the second straight season. With arguably the deepest team in the region, the Wildcats qualified a full women’s contingent for next week’s NCAA Championships and claimed four of the top five spots on the final CCSA rankings, including the top overall female skier in Rosie Frankowski.

“In all my years of coaching, this is one of the most delightful teams I’ve ever had,” Fjeldheim said. “They make my job easy. They are all very humble and coachable, and help to create a really enjoyable atmosphere.”

Both Salmela and Fjeldheim now head to Middlebury, Vt. for next week’s NCAA championships, with the interval start classic races scheduled for March 7 and the mass start freestyle event set for March 9. All events at the NCAA Championships will be streamed live at www.ncaa.com.

 

Source: CCSA