Turkey Day Relay

Nancy Hanneman, left, tags her son Logan Hanneman, a former Lathrop and UAF skier and Olympian, during the 55th annual Alaska Coffee Roasting Co. Turkey Day Relays cross country ski races Friday, November 29, 2019 at Birch Hill Recreation Area. This year's event, presented by Beaver Sports and organized by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, was a mass start held in the classic technique and featured a 3X1-kilometer course for grades K-4, a 3X2K course for grades 5-8, and a 3X4K course for high school and adult teams. 

Fairbanks’ Logan Hanneman posted his best finish in a sprint on the World Cup circuit, as the 2018 Olympian placed 18th overall Saturday in the men’s classic race of the Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

The racer for Anchorage’s Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center compiled an effort of 3 minutes, 14.05 seconds after reaching the quarterfinals of the 1.5-kilometer event.

Fellow Fairbanksan and APUNSC racer David Norris placed 55th overall in 3:27:32.

Norris and Hanneman each skied for Lathrop High School and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Norris later transferred to and skied for Montana State University.

Norway’s Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo finished in 3:03.78 for first overall among 61 participants.

In the women’s sprint, final Olympic gold medalist Jessica Diggins placed third overall and Anchorage’s Sadie Maubet Bjornsen came in fourth overall.

Diggins, from Afton, Minnesota, finished 28 seconds behind Slovenia’s Anamarlja Lampic, who won overall in 3:03.03. Bjornsen, who also races for APUNSC, came in 1:20 behind Lampic.

Anchorage’s Rosie Brennan, another APUNSC skier, reached the quarterfinals and placed 19th overall in 3:12.29.

On Sunday, Norris placed 30th in 33 minutes, 8.2 seconds in the men’s 10K freestyle hill climb.

Hanneman rounded out the field and placed 56th in 35:49.6. 

Norway’s Simen Hegstad Krueger won in 30:55.8.

Three U.S. women posted top-15 times in their 10K hill climb.

Diggins finished sixth in 36:12.7 and Brennan followed for seventh place in 36:19.6. Bjornsen came in 13th in 37:04.2.

Norway’s Therese Johaug won in 34:21.6.

In the final Tour de Ski men’s standings, Hanneman finished 57th with 34 points and Norris was 95th with 11 points.

Diggins finished fifth in the women’s standings with 644 points and Bjornsen ended in sixth place with 606. Brennan finished 16th with 296 points.

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