Feb. 12, 2017


, Alaska – The University of Denver Nordic men dominated in the final day of competition, placing three skiers in the top five at the University of Alaska Anchorage Invitational.

The Crimson and Gold collected 636 total team points between both the Nordic and Alpine teams over all four days of competition. The University of Utah claimed first place, totaling 661 points.

The fourth and final day of competition included the men’s and women’s 15K & 20K Freestyle on Sunday at Kincaid Park.

“It was a COLD day of racing here in Anchorage with the temperatures not rising above 5 degrees F and a cold, wet wind blowing out of the north,” said head coach Dave Stewart. 

Moritz Madlener claimed first on the day, skiing in with a time of 52:39.2 collecting 40 points. Dag Frode Trolleboe came in just behind Madlener with a time of 52:41.8.

Eivind Kvaale placed fifth in the men’s race, skiing in at 53:45.0.



“The guys went first and had a really strong day, with Moritz and Daggi skiing at the front, breaking the race apart early. They skied away from the field at the end and had a sprint finish between each other for the victory.  These guys are close friends and training partners, so it was special to have them have such strong races together and finish 1-2. Eivind was not far back in fifth for another good result.”

In the women’s race, Jasmi Joensuu was the only top 10 finisher, coming in at ninth with a time of 47:52.1. Teammate Taeler McCrerey came in just outside of the top 10 at 11th, skiing in at 48:26.8. 

“The women fought well, with Jasmi and Taeler just missing the break from the front group, but they hung in there for good results.  Linn skied conservatively today to be cautious with the cold air”, said Stewart. 

The Pioneers had a strong showing over the last two weeks of competition in Alaska at both the UAA Invitational and the Seawolf Invitiational. 

Stewart added, “We are happy to leave Alaska with three wins and a handful of podium performances. We have a number of athletes starting to come into good form as we enter the part of the season when we start to look for our best results.”


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