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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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De Yong Returns to UAA as Coach

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

 

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

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

 

 

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UVM’s Amy Glen Featured in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd

University of Vermont senior Amy Glen is featured in the Faces in the Crowd column of Sports Illustrated’s April 16 issue. The segment highlights her photo-finish win in the 15 k classic at this year’s NCAA Championships in Bozeman, Montana, in which Glen edged Dartmouth’s Sophie Caldwell by 0.1 of a second and a mere two inches. The victory was Glen’s first career collegiate win.

Screenshot of UVM's Amy Glen in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd. Photo: SI.com

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NCAA Announces NCAA Champ Rosters for 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Skiing Committee announced the 74 men and 74 women selected to participate in the 2011 National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Skiing Championships, to be held March 9-12, at the Stowe Mountain Resort and Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. The championships will be hosted by the University of Vermont.

Participants are selected on a regional basis from two designated regions for Alpine skiing (East and West Regions) and three designated regions for Nordic skiing (Central, East and West Regions). Bids are awarded to regions using a formula determined by the skiing committee. A maximum of 12 student-athletes (three per gender per discipline) may participate from an institution.

Nordic events will be held March 9 and 11 at Trapp Family Lodge. The men’s 10-kilometer and women’s five-kilometer freestyle cross-country races will be conducted March 9. The women’s 15-kilometer and men’s 20-kilometer classical races will be held March 11.

Alpine events will run March 10 and 12 at Stowe Mountain Resort. The men’s and women’s giant slaloms will be held March 10, with the men’s and women’s slaloms conducted March 12.

Colorado, Dartmouth, Denver, New Mexico, Utah, and Vermont each bring a full team of 12 athletes, with 3 athletes represented from each gender/discipline.   Denver is the three-time defending champion heading into NCAA’s next week in Vermont.

This year’s skiing championships will be webcast live on NCAA.com. In addition, highlights of the skiing championships will be shown on CBS at 1 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 30.

Complete 2011 NCAA Athlete Roster

2010 NCAA Team Results

2009 NCAA Team Results

2008 NCAA Team Results

2011 NCAA Nordic Athlete Roster

Central Region – Men Central Region – Women
Martin Banerud, Northern Michigan Malin Eriksson, Michigan Tech
Jens Brabbit, Gustavus Adolphus Carolyn Freeman, Green Bay
Mikko Harju, Michigan Tech Monica Markvardsen, Northern Michigan
Tyler Kornfield, Alaska Fairbanks Theresia Schnurr, Alaska Fairbanks
Andy Liebner, Northern Michigan Raphaela Sieber, Alaska Fairbanks
David Norris, Alaska Fairbanks Marie Helen Soderman, Northern Michigan
Erik Soderman, Northern Michigan Christina Turman, Northern Michigan
Alexander Treinen, Alaska Fairbanks
East Region – Men East Region – Women
Jake Barton, Colby Rosie Brennan, Dartmouth
Franz Bernstein, Vermont Sophie Caldwell, Dartmouth
Wyatt Fereday, Colby Clare Egan, New Hampshire
Harrison Harb, New Hampshire Erika Flowers, Dartmouth
Alex Howe, Vermont Lucy Garrec, Vermont
Keith Kantack, Williams Kirsten Gill, Bates
Nils Koons, Dartmouth Amy Glen, Vermont
Ben Lustgarten, Middlebury Elizabeth Guiney, New Hampshire
Dimitri Luethi, Williams Leah Hart, St. Lawrence
Chase Marston, Middlebury Tasha Kullas, New Hampshire
Eric Packer, Dartmouth Caitlin Patterson, Vermont
Scott Patterson, Vermont Corrine Prevot, Middlebury
Welly Ramsey, Maine-Presque Isle Natalie Ruppertsberger, Bates
Sam Tarling, Dartmouth Alena Tofte, Harvard
Sarah Tory, Williams
West Region – Men West Region – Women
Erik Bjornsen, Alaska Anchorage Jaime Bronga, Alaska Anchorage
Andrew Dougherty, Denver Makayla Cappel, Denver
Lukas Ebner, Alaska Anchorage Ase Carlson, Montana State
Tor-Hakon Hellebostad, New Mexico Kate Dolan, Denver
Miles Havlick, Utah Mari Elden, Denver
Martin Kaas, New Mexico Maria Graefnings, Utah
Vegard Kjoelhamar, Colorado Eliska Hajkova, Colorado
Trygve Markset, Denver Christina Hellberg, New Mexico
Jesper Ostensen, Colorado Steffi Hiemer, Alaska Anchorage
Christian Otto, New Mexico Sofie Jonsson, New Mexico
Reid Pletcher, Colorado Casey Kutz, Montana State
Tyler Reinking, Montana State Marta Larsen, Utah
Bernhard Roenning, Montana State Joanne Reid, Colorado
Ryan Scott, Montana State Laura Rombach, Alaska Anchorage
Didrik Smith, Utah Zoe Roy, Utah
Tom Smith, Utah Alexa Turzian, Colorado
Kristian Soerlund, Denver Martine Weng, New Mexico

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EISA: Brennan dethrones Patterson at EISA Championships, Dartmouth women are tops

Rosie Brennan ended Caitlin Patterson’s impressive run of first place finishes with a win of her own on Sunday in the final day of EISA Championship racing.  Brennan nipped Patterson by three seconds at the finish, with Patterson’s UVM teammate Amy Glen hot on her heels, just one second back in third.

Dartmouth packed a remarkable six women in the top ten to take the women’s team win with Erika Flowers, Annie Hart and Isabel Caldwell in 4th, 5th, 6th and Sophie Caldwell and Steph Crocker in 9th and 10th.   UVM had Lucy Garrec in 7th and Bates was led by Natalie Ruppertsburger in 8th to round out the top ten.

Complete Women’s Results

Complete EISA Women’s NCAA Ranking List

Team Scores

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EISA: Packer gets second win of the weekend, Dartmouth men edge UVM

Eric Packer got his second win of the weekend in the men’s 20K classic, with UVM’s Scott Patterson in second, eight seconds back.   After a string of 5th place finishes, Dimitri Luthi from Williams made it to the podium in his final carnival of the year with a third place finish.

Despite putting four in the top ten, UVM couldn’t overcome Dartmouth’s top finishers, Packer and fourth place finisher David Sinclair.   Behind Patterson, UVM had Fritz Horst in 6th, Franz Bernstein in 8th and Alex Howe in 10th, to take second place in the men’s race.

The Williams men placed third overall as a team with Luthi in 3rd and Keith Kantack in 9th, while Middlebury freshman Ben Lustgarten continued his hot season with a 5th place finish to lead the Panthers.  UMPI’s Welly Ramsey was 7th overall.

      PL BIB NAME                     TEAM            TIME      PTS   NCAA
     1     3 PACKER, Eric             DAR        1:01:33.2  50.0        100
     2     4 PATTERSON, Scott         UVM        1:01:41.5  47.0         80
     3     5 LUTHI, Dimitri           WIL        1:01:45.2  44.0         60
     4    14 SINCLAIR, David          DAR        1:02:11.9  41.0         50
     5    21 LUSTGARTEN, Benjamin     MID        1:02:47.6  39.0         45
     6     7 HORST, Fritz             UVM        1:02:58.4  37.0         40
     7    30 RAMSEY, Wellington       UMPI       1:02:59.1  35.0         36
     8     2 BERNSTEIN, Franz         UVM        1:03:41.6  33.0         32
     9    11 KANTACK, Keith           WIL        1:03:42.2  31.0         29
    10    12 HOWE, Alexander          UVM        1:04:05.9               26

Complete Men’s Results

Complete EISA Men’s NCAA Ranking List

Team Scores

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EISA: Dartmouth’s Packer & Lacy, UVM’s Howe are top 3 in 10K Freestyle

Eric Packer picked up where he left off last weekend at Middlebury and rolled to an impressive 42 second win over teammate Scott Lacy.  Despite not starting Sam Tarling (DNS) and Nils Koons (racing at the World Championships, representing New Zealand), Dartmouth did not miss a beat and added a fifth place finish by Erik Fagerstrom to trump UVM in men’s racing this morning.  UVM, led by Alex Howe in 3rd place, also had strong performances from Scott Patterson in 4th and Franz Bernstein in 6th.

Complete Men’s Results

PL   BIB NAME                        TEAM            TIME      PTS   NCAA

1    55 PACKER, Eric                DAR            27:58.0   50.0         100

2    37 LACY, Scott                 DAR            28:40.0   47.0          80

3    35 HOWE, Alexander             UVM            28:41.7   44.0          60

4    56 PATTERSON, Scott            UVM            28:42.4   41.0          50

5    12 FAGERSTROM, Erik            DAR            28:45.5   39.0          45

6    49 BERNSTEIN, Franz            UVM            29:15.5   37.0          40

7    61 RAMSEY, Wellington          UMPI           29:25.0   35.0          36

8    11 VERMEER, Gordon P           DAR            29:44.2                 32

9    59 CLEMENCE, Andrew            UNH            29:56.5   33.0          29

10    20 DETHIER, Evan               WIL            29:59.1   31.0          26

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EISA: Patterson, Garrec, Egan go 1-2-3 in 5K Freestyle

UVM’s Caitlin Patterson picked up her seventh EISA carnival win this morning at Black Mountain of Rumford, ME.   Patterson was 22 seconds up on her teammate Lucy Garrec, with Claire Egan (UNH) five seconds back in third.

Complete Women’s Results

PL   BIB NAME                        TEAM            TIME      PTS   NCAA

1    66 PATTERSON, Caitlin          UVM            15:10.4   50.0         100

2    52 GARREC, Lucy                UVM            15:32.1   47.0          80

3    48 EGAN, Clare                 UNH            15:37.9   44.0          60

4    59 FLOWERS, Erika              DAR            15:42.3   41.0          50

5    56 BRENNAN, Rosie              DAR            15:45.7   39.0          45

6    36 GLEN, Amy                   UVM            15:51.0   37.0          40

7    65 GILL, Kirsten               BAT            15:57.5   35.0          36

8    35 CALDWELL, Sophie            DAR            16:03.5   33.0          32

9    14 BEAN, Anya                  UNH            16:06.6   31.0          29

10    68 GUINEY, Elizabeth           UNH            16:11.7   29.5          26

10 62 PREVOT, Corinne E   MID    16:11.7  29.5  26

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CCSA Announces 2011 NCAA Championship Qualifiers

The CCSA announced the 15 student-athletes that will represent the region in next month’s NCAA Championships in Stowe, Vt.

All told, five different CCSA programs will send skiers to nationals, as athletes from Northern Michigan, Alaska, Michigan Tech, Gustavus Adolphus, and Green Bay will all take to the trails among the nation’s best.

On the men’s side, Northern Michigan and Alaska both qualified the full allotment of three skiers each. The Wildcats’ trio of Martin Banerud, Andy Liebner and Erik Soderman make the trip to Vermont, while the Nanooks’ David Norris, Lex Treinen and Tyler Kornfield all earned automatic berths after qualifying for international competition at U.S. Nationals.

Michigan Tech’s Mikko Harju qualifies for his first NCAA Championships; the Finn proving a solid addition for Joe Haggenmiller’s men this season. Gustavus’ Jens Brabbit returns to nationals for the second straight year as well, rounding out the eight-man CCSA field.

For the women, Northern Michigan will again field a full team, as Christina Turman, Marie Helen Soderman, and Monica Markvardsen all qualify for the NCAA’s. Alaska’s Raphaela Sieber finishes the season as the women’s top scoring skier, and she will be joined by teammate and fellow German Theresia Schnurr at the national championships.

Green Bay senior Carolyn Freeman looks to end her career on a high note in Stowe, qualifying as the region’s second-best scoring woman. Michigan Tech freshman Malin Eriksson completes a seven-athlete field for the region after a promising first season with the Huskies.

To determine who will represent the central region, the CCSA scores student-athletes in each of the six NCAA qualifier races that he or she competes in over the season. The skier’s top two freestyle scores are then averaged together, as well as his or her top two classical scores. Those two numbers are then averaged together as well to create the skier’s overall score. Those athletes with the lowest overall score are then selected for the NCAA Championships, though each school is limited to a maximum of three athletes per gender.

This season, the CCSA was allotted eight men’s spots and seven women’s spots for the NCAA races. Those spots are determined by a region’s performance in previous NCAA appearances. The better a region’s athletes perform in a season, the more likely the region will be to earn more allotted spots in the following year.

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EISA: UNH Women, Dartmouth Men Take Sprint Relays

The UNH women and Dartmouth men claimed team sprint relay victories today in the final day of the Middlebury Carnival.

UNH’s Claire Egan, Elizabeth Guiney and Natasha Kullas seven seconds up on Dartmouth’s top team for the win, while Dartmouth’s team of Nils Koons, Sam Tarling and Eric Packer had nearly a minute over the UVM men.

Women’s Results

Men’s Results

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