Jan. 5, 2018
ANCHORAGE – The University of Denver’s Nordic ski team continued competition at the U.S. Cross Country Championships on Friday, picking up a first place finisher in the sprints for the women and a second place finish on the men’s side.
After finishing ninth in the freestyle 10k on Wednesday, Jasmi Joensuu turned things around on Friday, scoring first-place with a time of 3:23.88. Also skiing for DU on the women’s side was Kristine Karrsrud, who earned eighth-place. In the freestyle sprint, the Oppland, Norway native raced for a finish of 3:34.34.
“Today was a lot of fun,” said Joensuu. “I have felt really good last couple days, so I knew that I could have a good race today. The podium was a little surprise though. Skis worked really well today and a big thanks to the ski waxers and my teammates!”
“Such a fun day of sprint racing for our team,” stated head Nordic coach Dave Stewart. “Joensuu had a breakthrough day, winning her first RMISA race and placing second overall in the US National Championship final. Karsrud also had her best result of the year with a strong finish in eighth.”
For the men, Dag Frode Trolleboe was the highest finishing Pioneer. The senior scored a time of 3:09.30, good enough for second-place.
Finishing directly behind Trolleboe was Eivind Kvaale, who placed third with a time of 3:11.37.
“It was a very good day for me,” said Kvaale. “Getting another podium in college, as well as getting to the final heat in the national championships was great fun. Very pleased with the two college races this week, and I will try to continue at the same level next weekend in Montana.”
Nick Sweeney, who finished 21st in the 15k earlier this week had a huge performance on Friday, racing for eighth. The Aspen, Colo. native carded a time of 3:17.34. Skiing closely behind was Lars Hannah, who took 10th-place with a time of 3:18.
“For the men, Trolleboe and Kvaale went 2-3, with freshman Sweeney getting a top-10 in his second collegiate start in eighth. “ said Stewart. “Kvaale had a stellar day in the rounds going through to the US National Championship final going head to head with the guys fighting for a spot on the US Olympic team.”
Stewart added, “a broken pole in the last meters kept him from a shot at the win. Trolleboe was also skiing well and leading his quarterfinal heat when he took an unlucky fall, but the speed is there, so we can’t complain.”
Earning a 24th-place finish in the men’s freestyle sprint was Simon Zink. The sophomore scored a time of 2:27.99.
Rounding out the Denver skiers was Evan Barbier, who raced for a 3:31.70 and took home a 31st-place finish.
The Alpine team starts its season in Montana on Saturday, taking part in the RMISA qualifiers and the Montana State Open.
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