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Landstedt Hired as Utah Director of Skiing

(Press release)

SALT LAKE CITY – Veteran college ski coach Fredrik Landstedt has been hired as the Director of Skiing at the University of Utah. Landstedt brings 26 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Utes.

“We are excited to have Fredrik join our ski team,” Utah Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said. “Any time you can recruit a coach who has won a national championship, it’s a win. It was our goal to bring in a proven coach who will continue the ski team’s success and he brings a passion and energy as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. Fredrik is well respected in the profession and has a proven track record of helping student-athletes reach both their athletic and academic goals as well as engaging the fans and community.”

Landstedt has spent the past 21 seasons coaching at New Mexico, including 11 years as head coach (2008-18) after working 10 seasons as head Nordic coach.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a program with such a rich history,” Landstedt said. “Utah has a strong winning tradition and the support that the University provides its ski team is incredible. I look forward to bringing NCAA titles back to Utah!”

The Lobos have finished in the top four at the NCAA Championships nine times during Landstedt’s tenure, including winning the 2004 NCAA Championship, the first team title in New Mexico history. UNM finished second in 2006 as well as third in 2009, 2010 and 2014.

Landstedt has coached seven student-athletes to individual NCAA Championships. Kristina Strandberg (2000, 15-km classic), Jimmy Vika (2013, 10-km freestyle), Eva Severus (2014, 15-km freestyle) and Emilie Cdervaem (2015, 15-km classic) each won Nordic titles for the Lobos. Malin Hemmingsson (2009-10, slalom) was a two-time NCAA Champion in women’s alpine while Joonas Rasanen (2013, slalom) and Mateja Robnik (2015, giant slalom) also won championships.

Under Landstedt, 34 Nordic skiers have earned 80 All-America honors at UNM with skiers finishing on the podium 19 times in NCAA Championship races. Strandberg and Polina Ermoshina were both seven-time All-Americans for the Lobos. Ermoshina had two runner-up finishes in women’s classic. In alpine with Landstedt as overall head coach, 19 skiers have combined for 45 All-America honors since 2008.

Landstedt’s athletes have also excelled in the classroom, with student-athletes named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large teams 10 times, including making the first team seven times. The at-large teams, which are comprised of student-athletes from 14 women’s and 12 men’s sports, are generally regarded as one of the most difficult teams to earn a spot on.

Landstedt has been the Secretary-Rules Editor on the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Skiing Committee since 2006. He served as the president of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association from 2000-06.

Landstedt was also the head Nordic ski coach at Colorado for three years (1995-97). Colorado won the 1995 NCAA title and finished third in 1997. His student-athletes earned 20 All-America honors in his three seasons, including six first team honors.

Landstedt has also coached with the U.S. Ski Team at Junior and U-23 World Championships events.

Landstedt coached the West Valley High School ski team in Fairbanks, Alaska, to two state titles in three seasons (1991-1994). While in Alaska, he won the Tour of Anchorage 50-km ski race twice (1993-94).

Landstedt graduated from New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1991 and an associate’s degree in accounting/bookkeeping in 1990. He competed at New Mexico from 1987-89. Landstedt finished fourth in men’s cross country in 1987 to earn first-team All-America honors and also helped New Mexico finish third in the men’s cross country relay. He finished 11th in cross country in 1988 and was 12th in the 20-km freestyle in 1989. Landstedt began his collegiate coaching career as a Nordic assistant coach at New Mexico while finishing his degree from 1990-91.

As a competitor, Landstedt was a top national skier and placed in the top 10 at the U.S. National Championships eight times from 1991-93. Originally from Sollefteå, Sweden, he took three medals in the Swedish Junior Championships and finished in the top 20 in several national competitions as a senior racer.

Landstedt and his wife, Brenda, have three sons, Gabriel, Adrian and Andreas, and a daughter, Zara.

Middlebury Carnival, EISA Season Review Video and More

Middlebury College hosted the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) NCAA Regional Championships Feb. 23-24 at the Rikert Nordic Center, and India Harvey sent us the following videos and photos recapping the action.

Middlebury Carnival Day 1: 

Video

Photos

Results: Women’s 5 k classic | Men’s 10 k classic

 

Middlebury Day 2:

Video

Photos

Results: Women’s 10 k freestyle mass start | Men’s 15 k freestyle mass start

 

EISA Season Review: Why Ski? (Video)

NCAA East Region Qualifiers

EISA Awards

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UVM & Dartmouth Carnival Videos and More

The University of Vermont (UVM) and Dartmouth College hosted the last two weekends of Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Carnival racing, and India Harvey sent us the following videos and photos recapping the action.

The Williams Carnival kicked off Friday, Feb. 16 and continues Saturday, Feb. 17 at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, Vermont.

 

UVM Carnival Day 1

Video

Results: Women’s 15 k mass start | Men’s 20 k mass start

 

UVM Day 2

Videos

Photos

Results: Women’s 5 k classic | Men’s 10 k classic

 

Dartmouth Carnival Day 1

Video

Photos

Results: Women’s 5 k classic | Men’s 10 k classic

 

Dartmouth Day 2

Video

Photos

Results: Women’s 5 k freestyle | Men’s 10 k freestyle

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UVM Invitational Classic Team Sprints, Mixed Relay

ECSC racers during the 4 x 5 k mixed relay at the UVM Invitational last Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Sleepy Hollow Inn, Ski, and Bike Center in Huntington, Vermont. (Courtesy photo)

(Press release)

The 2018 Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference (ECSC) nordic action continued last weekend, Feb. 3-4, with the UVM Invitational, hosted by the University of Vermont Club Nordic team at Sleepy Hollow Inn, Ski, and Bike Center in Huntington, Vermont.

The races began Saturday afternoon with a classic team sprint. Conditions were cold and perfect for hard wax with some new snow that had fallen Thursday evening. The women’s race went off first with the Clarkson 1 team of Ana Witkowski, Raili Utiger and Bridget Wrangler taking a commanding win over of over a minute. Castleton 1 (Emily Cromine, Adi Toof and Megan Greene) and UVM 1 (Allie Skahen, Rachel Slimovitch and Sophia Weiss) battled for the next two podium positions with Castleton edging out UVM by six seconds at the line.

The men’s classic sprint was second with some very exciting racing at the front of the pack.  The Clarkson 1 (Tim Dunn, Mike Giraldi and Charlie Maitland) and UVM 1 (Owen Molind, Lukas Adamowicz and Thomas Clayton) teams traded leads for much of the race coming down to the final exchange where they were neck and neck. UVM prevailed winning the battle by 10 seconds.  Clarkson 2 (Peter Mallery, Austin Gillespie and Brian Chrzan) rounded out the podium for the day.

Day 2 of the carnival brought a race back from two years ago the mixed gender, mixed technique 4x5km relay, a true test of the most complete team. Clarkson 1 (Ana Witkowski, Charlie Maitland, Bridget Wrangler, and Mike Giraldi)  came away with a big victory beating UVM 1 (Rachel Slimovitch, Thomas Clayton, Allie Skahen, and Lukas Adamowicz) by 1 minute and 40 seconds.  Castleton 1 (Emily Cromine, Devin Perry, Megan Greene, and Dave Harvey) completed the podium.

The USCSA skiers are looking forward to races next weekend at the UMF Nordic Carnival at Carters XC Center in Bethel, ME!

Results

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2018 ECSC Nordic Season Opens at Castleton Invitational

Castleton’s Devin Perry (#4) gets ready to start the 7K Classic Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Castleton Invitational, with Cornell’s Josh Sayre (#5), Quentin Stoyel (#6) of McGill, and Caleb O’Connor-Genereaux (#9) of Sterling waiting behind him. (Courtesy photo)

(Press release)

CHITTENDEN, Vt. – The 2018 Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference (ECSC) Nordic season opened this past weekend with the Castleton Invitational, hosted by Castleton University at the Mountain Top Nordic Center.

The competition began Saturday afternoon with the freestyle event, covering nine kilometers. The men were first, with Charlie Maitland of Clarkson taking the individual title with a time of 26:05, 40 seconds ahead of Andrew Siegel of Vermont. Mike Giraldi of Clarkson finished in third place with a time of 28:42, helping the Golden Knights finish first in the team standings with nine points, ahead of Vermont (13), Dartmouth (33), McGill (43), Castleton (46), Cornell (60), and Sterling (71).

On the women’s side, Ana Witkowski of Clarkson came out on top of a competitive race with a time of 32:10, just ahead of Cornell’s Isabel Sharp in 32:21 and Bridget Wangler of Clarkson in 32:31. As a team, Clarkson finished in first place with 11 points, followed by Vermont (18), Cornell (27), Castleton (33), McGill (60), Middlebury (63), and Sterling (79).

Sunday morning, the competitors returned to Mountain Top for the seven-kilometer Classic event. This time the women led off, with Sharp earning a convincing 59-second victory in 23:48, ahead of Witkowski in 24:47 and Allie Skahen of Vermont in 25:22. Clarkson won the team competition with 13 points, with Vermont in second place with 20 points ahead of Castleton (29), Cornell (30), McGill (55), and Sterling (72).

The top of the men’s individual standings also flip-flopped, with Siegel coming out on top in 19:17 ahead of Maitland in 19:22, the only two skiers to break 20 minutes in the event. Thomas Clayton of Vermont finished third in 20:33, helping the Catamounts win the team competition for the day with 21 points, ahead of Clarkson (24), McGill (29), Castleton (48), Cornell (57), and Sterling (72).

The host Spartans were led by the same skiers on both days. Devin Perry led the men with an eighth place finish Saturday in 29:28 and a seventh place finishSunday in 21:23. Megan Greene finished in fifth place in the women’s individual standings on both days, posting times of 34:16 in the nine-kilometer freestyle and 25:40 in the seven-kilometer Classic.

The next event in the ECSC Nordic regular season is the Clarkson Invitational, taking place Jan. 27-28 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Results

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UAA Takes Alaska Nordic Cup Over UAF

The University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves hold the trophy for the Alaska Nordic Cup at Kincaid Park on Sunday afternoon. (Photo: Andrew Kastning)

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The cup is coming back to Anchorage.

The University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves (UAA) used two days of balanced performances to top the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks (UAF) in the 14th annual Alaska Nordic Cup, an early season contest between Alaska’s two NCAA ski teams. UAA now regains possession of the Alaska Nordic Cup — literally an historic ski that bears scant resemblance to a drinking vessel — for the next year.

The weekend’s racing began on a sunny Saturday morning at Independence Mine in Hatcher Pass, a stunning setting at 3,500′ in the Talkeetna Mountains roughly 60 miles outside of Anchorage. The women raced a 7.5-kilometer classic individual start, covering several short loops wending between the historic mine buildings. The men raced a 10 k classic individual start on the same course.

UAA women dominated the classic race, taking the first five places in a race with 12 collegiate women. First was Hailey Swirbul in 22:45.5, followed by Casey Wright (+41.9) in second and Marte Håkenstad-Bråten (+1:23.6) in third. Hannah Rudd (4th, +1:41) and Sadie Fox (5th, +2:00) also crossed the line before the first UAF skier.

UAF was led by Ann-Cathrin Uhl (+2:09) in sixth, Kati Roivas (+2:13) in seventh, and Anna Darnell (+3:12) in 10th.

Things were much closer in the men’s race, though UAA took the narrow cumulative victory there (based on each team’s top-three skiers) as well.

First on the day was UAA skier Toomas Kollo in 29:03.0. Second overall was Alaska Pacific University (APU) skier Tyler Kornfield (+4.2), whose time did not count toward the total for either NCAA school. (Although the APU ski team is closely affiliated with Alaska Pacific University, the ski team is not affiliated with the NCAA.)

Third through seventh place all finished within 30 seconds of each other: UAF skier Jan Cech in third (+16.5), UAA skier Zacharias Toresson in fourth (+29.3), UAF’s Seiji Takagi in fifth (+38.0), UAA’s Marcus Deuling in sixth (+45.3), and UAF’s Alex Eckert in seventh (+46.9).

A total of 15 women and 19 men raced on Saturday.

Team scores were based on the cumulative time of the top three skiers per gender. Following the classic races UAA had an edge of roughly six minutes over UAF based on combined time. The lion’s share of the advantage came from the women’s race (70:22.0 combined time for UAA women to 75:51.9 for UAF), with an additional 27 seconds coming from the men (88:23.6 to 88:50.4).

Racing continued at Kincaid Park in Anchorage on Sunday morning, under a light but steady snowfall and temperatures hovering around 16° F. Sunday brought a 4 x 5 k skate mixed-gender relay race. It also brought more of the same on the results sheet, with UAA skiing to a slight advantage over UAF in each of its two lead relay teams. The main difference this time was that APU showed up to set the pace.

The fastest relay team on the day was APU 1, which saw Becca Rorabaugh, Rosie Frankowski, and brothers Reese and Logan Hanneman cover roughly 20 k in 61:41.2. The Fairbanks area was not devoid of standout performances on the day; everyone on the winning relay team, save Frankowski, hails from the Golden Heart City. (Frankowski is from Minneapolis, and skied for Northern Michigan University before coming to APU.)

Roughly three minutes behind Logan Hanneman and APU 1, APU 3 (Lydia Blanchet, Taryn Hunt-Smith, Forrest Mahlen, Dawson Knopp) edged out UAA 1 (Håkenstad-Bråten, Swirbul, Tracen Knopp, Kollo) for second overall, finishing 2:59 back to 3:02 for UAA. APU 3 was aided by a Thanksgiving-week loan from the Dartmouth Ski Team, as Anchorage natives Blanchet and Hunt-Smith returned home from Hanover in time to race on Sunday.

UAF 1 (+3:18) was the next scoring college team in fourth, followed by UAA 2 (+4:40) in sixth and UAF 2 (+4:47) in seventh. Additional teams from APU, local club Alaska Winter Stars, and combined UAA–UAF skiers made up the rest of the 12-team relay field.

While APU 1 set the pace for most of the legs, the day’s fastest anchor leg appears to have come from 17-year-old phenom Gus Schumacher, who closed things out for Alaska Winter Stars.

Overall scoring for the Alaska Nordic Cup was based on the combined time of each school’s top three men and women in the classic race, plus each school’s top two teams in the relay race. UAA used a substantial advantage from the women’s classic race, plus smaller but consistent margins in the men’s classic race and both its relay teams, to take the overall victory by more than six minutes, 4:49:49 combined time to 4:56:11 for UAF.

Andrew Kastning, associate coach for Nordic skiing at UAA, was pleased with his team’s performance, while acknowledging some setbacks experienced by UAF. “I think we can feel really good about our season opener,” Kastning wrote in an email to FasterSkier. “UAF was missing a key skier and I know they weren’t 100% healthy so that’s always tough, but the Seawolves skied really well around the challenging Independence Mine trails and our relay teams were able to extend the lead thanks in large part to strong starts from Marte and Casey.”

Kastning continued, “Hailey had a fantastic weekend winning by 41sec in last season’s weaker technique, which she’s been working on a lot, and then establishing a great lead over the UAF relay teams allowing us to be the top NCAA team on both days. Toomas was very strong in the classic and much better this year in skating after coming off compartment surgery in April. Now we head into a big training camp of sleeping eating and skiing over the holiday where we will look to dial in some technique and expand our training base. I don’t want us to get overconfident yet, because the RMISA [Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association] will always be the toughest circuit to race, but this is the start to the season we were looking for.”

UAA’s successful weekend stands in contrast to UAF’s historical success in this skiing rivalry. Coming into the 2017 Alaska Nordic Cup, UAF held a 9–3–1 edge over its Anchorage rival. The record now stands at 9–4–1, advantage UAF.

RMISA racing continues with U.S. Cross Country Championships in early January, again at Kincaid Park.

Results and media: Saturday classic | Sunday relay and totals | Saturday highlight video from UAA

Gavin Kentch

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Dusser New Assistant Coach for UAA Nordic Ski Team

(Courtesy: UAA Athletics)

(Press release)

ANCHORAGE – University of Alaska Anchorage head ski coach Sparky Anderson announced that former All-American Marine Dusser has joined the team as an assistant coach for Nordic.

“It’s fantastic to bring back one of our own,” said Sparky Anderson. “Marine is a three-time NCAA All-American for the Seawolves and knows our program from the inside out. She understands what it takes to compete at the elite level and I’m excited about what she brings to the table. Having Marine back in green and gold is a big win for our program.”

Dusser was a student-athlete for the Seawolves for two seasons (2012-14). She finished third in both the classical and freestyle races at the NCAA Championships to earn a pair of All-American honors in her first season of competition for UAA. Dusser earned the third All-American honor of her career with a ninth place finish in the freestyle race the following year.

“Marine had a very successful career as a Seawolf Skier, and I’m excited to have her join our coaching staff,” said Andrew Kastning, associate coach for Nordic skiing. “She will bring fresh perspectives to our training and race preparation having recently finished her ski racing career. She is also in very good shape having won the Government Peak and Knoya Ridge runs this past summer so she should be able to push our athletes during the hard trainings. With snow on the Chugach peaks, the excitement for the coming winter is really starting to build, and Marine will help make the UAA ski team a great program to excel in for years to come.”

Dusser focused mainly on biathlon prior to joining the Seawolves. She was a member of the French national team for seven years, winning three medals at the Junior World Championships and was a six-time French Junior National Champion.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in management from UAA and earned a master’s degree in management from the Grenoble Business School.

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Clarkson, Wyoming Top USCSA Nationals in Bend

The Clarkson University  nordic ski team took top women’s honors at the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships in Bend, Oregon, helping propel Clarkson to an overall women’s President’s Award win combining alpine, nordic, and freestyle events. And the University of Wyoming dominated men’s nordic, but couldn’t stop Clarkson from also taking the men’s President’s Award overall title.

104 cross-country skiers toed the line over the course of the National Championships, the biggest field ever for the USCSA.

In the 7.5 k classic individual-start, Vincent Mason of Wyoming picked up the first win of the week for the Cowboys. Wyoming and Western State College dominated the field: Western’s Nate Maddox finished second, Wyoming’s Trevor Willoughby and William Timmons third and fourth, Western’s Kevin Geisen fifth, and Wyoming’s Samuel Wiswell sixth.

In the women’s 7.5 k classic, the top ten was more diverse. Ana Witkowski of Clarkson won a national title, besting Bri Paulsen of Saint Olaf. Isabel Sharp of Cornell placed third, Sarah Duclos of Clarkson fourth, Meghan Kent of Wyoming fifth, and Emma Malmquist of Colorado Mesa University sixth.

In the men’s skate sprint, Charles Maitland got Clarkson a men’s victory, besting Maddox and Timmons for the podium. Mitchell Hollman of the Air Force Academy took fourth, further breaking up the Wyoming-Western stranglehold.

In the women’s skate sprint, Witkowski picked up a second win. She bested Duclos, with Yara Thomas of Wyoming getting on the podium for the first time; Daisy Richmond of Saint Olaf placed fourth.

In the 15 k skate mass start, Maitland won again, edging Timmons by just two tenths of a second in an exciting finish. Wiswell was third, +18.4, and Hollman outsprinted Vincent for fourth.

And in the women’s mass start, Duclos came through to give Clarkson a double win on the day. She bested Paulsen by 5.6 seconds, with Witkowski and Kent finishing third and fourth.

The final event of the week was a team sprint, won in dominating fashion by the Wyoming men and Clarkson women. Video of the race can be found at the USCSA’s broadcast website.

Results: men / women

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Salmela Switches Sports to Coach Running at St. Scholastica

Chad Salmela with a College of St. Scholastica athlete. The Saints' head nordic coach for the last 10 seasons of the program's existence, Salmela announced Monday he was stepping down to coach the cross-country running and track and field teams instead.

Chad Salmela with a College of St. Scholastica athlete. The Saints’ head nordic coach for the last 10 seasons of the program’s existence, Salmela announced Monday he was stepping down to coach the cross-country running and track and field teams instead.

After leading the men’s and women’s cross-country ski teams for a decade, Chad Salmela, head coach of The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., announced Monday that he was leaving the nordic team to coach the college’s running programs.

“Salmela is the only Nordic coach the university has ever known, coaching the men and women for the past 10 season,” the Duluth News Tribune reported. “Competing against scholarship schools, the Saints won the 2015 Central Collegiate Ski Association men’s and women’s championships and finished 15th as a team at the NCAA championships.”

He will become head coach of the cross-country running team as well as an assistant track and field coach.

In an email to FasterSkier and another U.S.-based nordic website, Salmela provided the following statement:

“The past ten years are the most personally rewarding of my professional career.  The athletes, coaching staff, alumni, and supporters of the St. Scholastica ski program are extended family to me.  The program feels like an appendage.  It is as much a part of me as it is perhaps synonymous.  It requires reflection and deliberate intention that one can step away from something they so love, care about, and are identified with.

For ten seasons I poured myself into all aspects of the job, from developing an effective training system, to coaching the athletes with great care, to race-day details, to recruiting for and marketing the team.  Ten years is a significant stretch of time, yet a relatively brief tenure as a collegiate ski coach if you look around the country for context.  The past ten years was an intense journey for me personally, to put and keep the Saints ski program on the competitive map in collegiate skiing.  I am proud of what this program has achieved.  

A decade, however, feels like it’s time for a change.  With the team on solid footing within the St. Scholastica community as well as that of NCAA and Nordic skiing in the United States, I feel the program needs an injection of fresh enthusiasm, excitement, and perspective in the head coaching position.  While my love for and interest in the program is still strong, I believe that a change in leadership will prove good in numerous ways.  

I simultaneously feel the need for a new challenge in coaching.  Few may know that I have worked as a high school running coach in the past, was the assistant cross country and track coach for my first few years at St. Scholastica, and more recently have consulted with success, several elite and master’s-elite marathon and distance runners.  Healthy, effective, progressive, injury-free distance running continues to interest me to great effect, as my recent side projects have caused me excitement to coaching runners.

The recent retirement of our successful, long time cross country running coach, Steve Pfingsten, opened an avenue right at St. Scholastica, to make a directional coaching career tack with which I have experience, success, and great inquiry, as well as an immense amount of motivation.  Coach Pfingsten has placed the cross country program in a great position in the NCAA Division III cross country realm, coaching our college’s only NCAA DIII national champion, and one conference championship after another for years on end.  He has left big shoes to fill.

After strategic discussions with our administration, I have been offered the head coaching job for cross country and assistant distant coaching job for track and field, and I have accepted.  I am inspired to continue and grow upon the great tradition of Coach Pfingsten, as well as work with head track and field coach, Kirk Nauman, to steer our distance running system towards a cohesive unit across competitive seasons and sports, opening even greater opportunities for our student athletes.

In my new position, I want to collaborate and work closely with the new head skiing coach to transition smoothly to continued long term success.  Our intention is to continue progress on the training system we’ve developed in conjunction with our exercise physiology department.  We see this as a unique strength as an institution offering endurance sports, and believe in the system’s success.  Our department aspires to develop a great amount of synergy in systematic development across the endurance sports we offer in intercollegiate athletics.  This will usher in some new and exciting initiatives across the endurance sports for our student athletes.  This coaching personnel shift feels to us to be an optimal development to that end.  

With this synergistic concept as a goal, our administration will work diligently in the coming weeks and months to find the right successor for the next head coach of the Saints ski team.  We are confident that the final choice will take the Saints ski team into a successful second decade.  

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of Saints skiing under my tenure; who have helped build a ski culture that by all accounts is robust and deep.  I am excited about my own course as well as seeing the bright future for Saints skiing unfold under new leadership.”

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Osgood New Head Men’s Coach at Dartmouth

On Wednesday, Dartmouth College announced it hired Brayton Osgood, a 2003 Dartmouth grad, head coach of its men's nordic ski team for the 2016/2017 season. (Photo: DartmouthSports.com)

On Wednesday, Dartmouth College announced it hired Brayton Osgood, a 2003 Dartmouth grad, head coach of its men’s nordic ski team for the 2016/2017 season. (Photo: DartmouthSports.com)

(Press release)

HANOVER, N.H. – Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy announced on Wednesday that Dartmouth graduate and former assistant Brayton Osgood has been named head coach of the men’s Nordic ski team.

Osgood graduated cum laude from Dartmouth in 2003 with a degree in mathematics. While in Hanover, he was a four-year member of the ski team (1999-03), was captain of the cross country ski team as a senior and was twice named an NCAA All-American.

“I’m so excited to return to Dartmouth and to continue the ski team’s long history of excellence,” Osgood said. “It’s a great privilege to be the next head coach of men’s Nordic, and for me, it’s a dream come true. I’m looking forward to working with the other ski team coaches to keep developing outstanding student-athletes, and achieving success on the trails.”

After graduation, Osgood became a professional cross country ski racer (2003-11), competing in the Under-23 World Championship (2004) and World Cup (2009). He was also a U.S. Ski Team European Continental Cup Trip team member (2007-10). During his time as a professional, he had six top-10 finishes at U.S. National Championships, three victories on the U.S. SuperTour and one podium finish.

From there, he returned to Dartmouth as the Nordic assistant, a position he held from September of 2011 until April of 2012. While serving as assistant, he facilitated development and coordinated in-season training sessions.

“We are thrilled to have Brayton join our skiing coaching staff,” Sheehy said. “As a Dartmouth graduate and NCAA All-American, he truly understands what it takes to achieve success at the highest level. We have no doubt that his passion for Dartmouth Skiing combined with his technical knowledge of the sport will help Dartmouth continue as the premier college in the country for competing nationally in skiing, while receiving a first-class education.”

In his years since leaving Hanover, Osgood mostly stayed in the New England area, working as a Race Data manager with the New England Nordic Ski Association (2012-16) in Maine, a coach and head wax technician for the New England Junior National Ski Team (2015 and 2016) and as software engineer with AMP Sports (2008-13, 2014-2016). He also worked as a World Cup Wax Technician with the U.S. Ski Team (2015) in Europe.

Osgood graduated from Northeastern with a masters in accounting and business administration in 2013.

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Patterson Resigns After 27 Seasons at Dartmouth

Dartmouth men's coach Ruff Patterson has announced his retirement after 27 seasons with the team. (Photo: DartmouthSports.com)

Dartmouth men’s coach Ruff Patterson has announced his retirement after 27 seasons with the team. (Photo: DartmouthSports.com)

(Press release)

HANOVER, N.H. — After 27 seasons as Dartmouth’s head coach of the men’s Nordic ski team, Ruff Patterson has stepped down from his post. A vaunted member of the skiing community, Patterson enjoyed a plethora of accomplishments and awards during his tenure in Hanover.

Four times Patterson was chosen as the Eastern Intercollegiate Men’s Nordic Coach of the Year, plus was selected as the Ski New Hampshire Al Merrill Award winner for his outstanding contributions to cross country skiing in New Hampshire. He was hired at Dartmouth in 1989 to serve as the coach of the men’s Nordic team as well as the Director of Skiing, replacing the legendary John Morton. After 16 years, he turned over the director duties to a colleague and continued coaching for 11 more seasons.

During his tenure, Patterson coached 14 skiers who earned All-America honors a total of 31 times (21 of those awards coming in the last 11 years), with three individual champions in the freestyle — Glenn Randall in 2008, Sam Tarling in 2011 and Patrick Caldwell in 2015. With his fellow Big Green coaches, he helped guide Dartmouth to 13 top-five team finishes at the NCAA Championship, including a national title in 2007 as Ben True (twice) and Mike Sinnott earned All-America honors that year for the men’s Nordic squad.

Patterson had quite the distinguished career even prior to his tenure at Dartmouth, having coached for 10 years with the U.S. Ski Team (USST), most notably the women cross country skiers at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid in 1980, Sarajevo in 1984 and Calgary in 1988. He also coached numerous World Cup and World Championship teams for the USST. In addition Patterson spent time with the U.S. Ski Coaches Association as an assistant coach, an international coach and Nordic coordinator, as well as acting cross country program coordinator.

A 1976 graduate of the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree distributed in molecular biology, chemistry and psychology, Patterson skied with the Buffalo team that won the NCAA Championship every year of his undergraduate career (1973-76), coincidentally sharing the title with Dartmouth as a senior.

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NMU Dominates College Cup at U.S. Nationals

After the points were tallied following the first two days of racing at the 2016 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships, Northern Michigan University claimed top honors in the men’s, women’s and combined team competition. Overall individual winners Fredrik Schwencke and Vivian Hett also hail from NMU.

NMU dominated the combined team scores, accumulating 829 points over Dartmouth’s 755. University of Alaska Fairbanks claimed third (727). This is the second consecutive year NMU has won the overall College Cup title under head nordic coach Sten Fjeldheim.

The College Cup is determined based on results from the first two days of racing at U.S. Nationals, held this year in Houghton, Michigan at the Michigan Tech trails. The races included a 15-kilometer individual start classic race for the men and 10-kilometer classic race for the women, as well as 1.5- kilometer freestyle sprints. The top collegian in each event is awarded 72 points and subsequent points are awarded descending from 72 through the collegiate results. Only the top three skiers from each school are scored, so any subsequent team members are skipped when awarding points.

The NMU men’s team claimed the team title over Dartmouth and was led by Fredrik Schwencke, who also claimed Grand Champion honors as the top overall individual. Schwencke was the top collegian in the sprint race as he skied to fourth place overall. Schwencke also scored as the third collegian and 21st overall in the classic distance race. Gaspard Cuenot of Michigan Tech and Cully Brown of University of Vermont claimed second and third individual College Cup honors.

Fredrick Schwencke competes in the freestyle sprints at U.S. Nationals. Schwencke placed fourth overall and was the first collegian in the event. (photo: Christopher Schmidt)

Fredrick Schwencke competes in the freestyle sprints at U.S. Nationals. Schwencke placed fourth overall and was the first collegian in the event. (photo: Christopher Schmidt)

NMU skiers dominated the men’s 15k classic race as Adam Martin took third overall and Ian Torchia claimed seventh as the top two collegians. Krystof Kopal and Jake Brown were the eighth and tenth collegians in the sprint and contributed to NMU’s team score.

The NMU women also topped Dartmouth for the team title. The Wildcats were led by Vivian Hett who also claimed the Grand Champion individual title. Hett was the second collegian in both races, taking 13th overall in the distance race and 18th overall in the sprints.   Alayna Sonnesyn of University of Vermont and Corey Stock of Dartmouth took second and third in the individual standings respectively.

Vivan Hett competes in the 10k classic event at U.S. Nationals. Hett placed 13th in the event as the second collegian (photo: Christopher Schmidt)

Vivan Hett competes in the 10k classic event at U.S. Nationals. Hett placed 13th in the event as the second collegian (photo: Christopher Schmidt)

In addition to Hett, NMU’s team score was augmented by strong performances from Sarah Bezdick, Sophie Schimple, and Lea Buenter. Bezdick claimed the top collegian in the sprint, taking 17th place overall. Schimpl was the third collegian in the sprint and fifth in the distance race. Buenter rounded out NMU’s scorers as the ninth collegian in the distance event.

 

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World University Biathlon Pursuit Goes to Russians

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

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Russia Dominates World University Biathlon Sprints

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

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Rusinov, Raikova Win First Biathlon Races at World University Games

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

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Yeaton Eighth in World University Games Sprint

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

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Studebaker New Assistant Nordic Coach at UAA

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.

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Dartmouth’s Torin Tucker Passes Away During Craftsbury Marathon

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.

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

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

 

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World University Games Kick Off, NCAA Champs Competing

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)

 

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