GIRDWOOD, Alaska — Paced by top-three finishes from Jaime Bronga and Anais Urbain, Alaska-Anchorage sits in third place after Thursday’s races at the Seawolf Invitational.
The Seawolves, with 297 points, trail Utah (356) and NCAA defending champion, Colorado (313), which are No. 1 and No. 2 in the team standings. Montana State is currently fourth at 282, while New Mexico wraps up the top five with 265 points.
Leading the Seawolf pack at the Kincaid Park cross country trails was Bronga. Bronga completed the 5K freestyle race in a time of 14:18.8 for third place. Also scoring for the UAA women were Laura Rombach (14:58.1) and Steffi Hiemer (15:07.1) in 12th and 14th, respectively.
In the men’s 10K freestyle, Lukas Ebner was first to cross the finish line for the Seawolves, clocking in at 25:29.3. Picking up points for UAA was Lasse Molegaard-Nielsen (25:48.9) in 11th place and Nevio Zeni (26:54.4) in 20th.
Producing another stellar performance on the slopes was Urbain, collecting her second consecutive top-five finish with a career-high runner-up placing in a time of 1:03.44. Alex Parker (1:04.58) and Vanessa Berther (1:05.05) each helped the UAA women to 115 points in the Giiant Slalom, finishing seventh and ninth, respectively.
The Alpine portion of the Seawolf Invite was cut short due to unfavorable snow conditions. After completing the women’s first run of the giant slalom, the race officials delayed the start of the men’s giant slalom to work on the course and were able to get 23 men down the slope before cancelling the race.