A pair of University of Alaska Anchorage skiers posted the top-two finishes Saturday in the Gundeloppet 15-kilometer race of the Buetow Dental Distance Series Nordic ski competition at the Birch Hill Recreation Area.
Participants had their choices of the 15K or a 7.5K, and each race was a mass start with a classical technique.
Magnus Noroy won in 41 minutes, 17.4 seconds and Austin Huneck crossed the finish line in 41:37.2. The two Seawolves competed Saturday in the men’s ages 20-29 category.
Tobias Albrigtsen, a Lathrop High School racer, was third overall in 47:36.2 while competing in the same category as Noroy and Huneck.
Owen Hanley, a participant in the 40-49 category, placed fourth overall in 50:01.7 and Aaron Swank, racing the same age group, took fifth overall in 51:08.3.
Jenna Difolco, a UAA junior and former West Valley High School standout, was the fastest woman in the 15k with an effort of 52:14.7. She also was the lone participant in the women’s 20-29 category.
Sharon Baker, racing in the women’s 60-69 age group, was the women’s runner-up in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 32.7 seconds. Laura Grage, in the 30-39 women’s group, placed third among the women in 1:07:10, and Tamara Rose, a 50-59 age group racer, was fourth in in 1:08:55.2.
Corrine Leistkow, also in the 60-69 category, came in fifth among the women in 1:13.28.5.
The top overall finisher in the 7.5K was West Valley High School’s Luke Buth in 21:10.1. West Valley teammate Nicholas Buth was runner-up in 23:49.3.
Lathrop High School’s Harrison Riggs was third overall in 25:15.7.
Catherine Reed-Metayer, a University of Alaska Fairbanks racer, posted the fastest women’s 7.5K effort in 23:00.4. UAA’s Helen Wilson was the runner-up in 24:02.7 and UAF’s Sage Robine came in third in 24:33.5.
Hanneman in World Cup sprint
Fairbanks’ Logan Hanneman placed 31st Saturday in the qualification heat of the Coop FIS Cross Country World Cup sprint in Davos, Switzerland.
The former Olympian and UAF and Lathrop High School racer finished in 2 minutes, 30.44 seconds on the 1.5-kilometer course.
Hanneman also trains and competes for Anchorage’s Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center.
Norway’s Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo won overall in 2:26.72 and Simeon Hamilton, of Aspen, Colorado, was the fastest American male in 2:28.04.
Sophie Caldwell, of Stratton, Vermont, was third in the women’s final in 2:45.15. Sweden’s Linn Svahn won in 2:50.58.
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