Denver Skiers Wrap Up First Day of U.S. Cross Country Championships

Jan. 3, 2018


ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The University of Denver’s Nordic ski team kicked off the 2018 season on Wednesday, competing in the freestyle 10k and 15k at the U.S. Cross Country Championships in Anchorage, Alaska.

“It felt great to start the RMISA race season today here in Alaska,” said head Nordic coach Dave Stewart. “Our team has been training well this fall and it’s always fun to see the hard work pay off in results.”

Despite it being the first races of the season, the Pioneers impressed in Alaska, as Dag Frode Trolleboe placed first out of all RMISA skiers in the 15k. The Oslo, Norway native led all DU racers, scoring a time of 38:26.9.

I’m happy to start the college season with a win and a strong team performance,” stated Trolleboe. “I felt better as the race developed and my skis were great, but it was a tough race with tricky conditions.”

Not far behind was Eivind Kvaale, who placed third with a time of 38:48.4.

“For the men, Dag Frode took the win today by a significant margin, which is not a surprise based on his training this year,” said Stewart. “He won two of the three races in Alaska last year, so this race course clearly suits him well. Eivind was the second Pioneer on the podium in third.  Similar to Daggi, he’s had a productive fall of training and is racing at a higher level than ever.”

On the women’s side, Jasmi Joensuu came in at ninth in the 10k, with a completed time of 29:44.4. Kristine Karrsrud was the only other Denver skier on the women’s side, and the Oppland, Norway native took home 22nd in a time of 31:47.2.

"Today’s race was a good sign that the shape is going to the right direction,” said Joensuu. “I got to ski behind a fast girl for more than half of the race which helped me a lot. The last lap was tough, I lost too much time in that one. Looking forward to the next one on Friday.”

Jasmi led the ladies in eighth, skiing a smart and technically advanced race,” said Stewart.

Back to the men in the 15k, Lars Hannah finished 11th, coming in at 39:38.4. Not far behind in 13th was Simon Zink with a competed score of 39:58.6.

“Lars had some trouble with his back, but 11th is a respectable result,” stated Stewart. “Zink and Sweeney both skied smart races and had their best RMISA results to date.”

Rounding out the Crimson and Gold skiers were Nick Sweeney and Evan Barbier, who earned times of 41:30.8 and 44:24.0 respectively. Sweeney came in at 21st, while Barbier placed 32nd.

The Nordic team completes its stay in Alaska on Friday, as they are set to take part in the sprints competitions.

Don’t forget to register for Denver’s annual Ski with the Team Day at Winter Park on January 27. Participants are encouraged to ride the Ski Train to the slopes, where they can then choose to snowshoe, snowcat or ski. The train ride, activity of choice and food are all included in the $275 fee.




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