FAIRBANKS — Kati Roivas ended her brief Nordic ski career for the Alaska Nanooks with a top-20 finish Friday in the women’s 15-kilometer classical technique of the NCAA Ski Championships at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.
It also was the last competition of the season for the Nanooks, who only have a Nordic program.
Roivas, a senior from Liperi, Finland, placed 16th in 49 minutes, 25.6 seconds in the 40-skier race Friday. This was her only season for the Nanooks after she transferred to the University of Alaska Fairbanks from the University of New Mexico.
Roivas’ effort Friday also placed her eighth among participants from the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association.
Sophomore teammate Anja Maijala finished in 54:21.8 for 39th place Friday. The native of Wrenshall, Minnesota, was 18th among women’s skiers from the RMISA.
Redshirt senior Seiji Takagi and senior Max Donaldson competed for the Nanooks in the men’s 20K classic race.
Takagi, a former South Anchorage High School standout, came in 21st in 58:04.3. Donaldson, a former West Valley High School standout, ended his Nanooks career with a 40th-place effort of 1 hour, 1 minute, 23.8 seconds.
Takagi also was 11th among RMISA men’s skiers.
The Nanooks compiled 57 total points in the Nordic standings. They compiled 32 in Wednesday’s freestyle races (men’s 10K and women’s 5K) and recorded 32 in the classic races.
Montana State University freshman Ti Donaldson, Max’s brother and a former West Valley standout, placed 27th (58:39.6) in the men’s race Friday.
Dartmouth’s Katherine Ogden won in 46:25.7 in the women’s 15K classic and New Mexico’s Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier earned the men’s 20K title in 55:50.6.
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