Utah's Myrseth, Denver's Trolleboe Win Freestyle Races

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 • by Brooke Fredrickson, RMSIA

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Utah’s Merete Myrseth and Denver’s Dag Trolleboe won the freestyle sprint races in the Seawolf Invitational on the first day of Nordic races at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. Utah had the high point total in both races to take over the meet lead with 510 points.

Utah took the top two spots in the women’s race with Myrseth earning her first career victory and Guro Jordheim picking up her second podium of the year with a second-place finish. Montana State’s Anika Miller earned her first podium of the season with a third-place run. Also finishing in the top five was Alaska Anchorage’s Casey Wright and Denver’s Jasmi Joensuu, both earning their second top five finishes of the year. UAA had two skiers in the top 10 with Hannah Rudd earning eighth place while Colorado also had two skiers in the top 10 – Jesse Knori in sixth and Christina Rolandsen in ninth. New Mexico’s Krista Niiranen in seventh and Alaska Fairbanks Sarissa Lammers in 10th also finished in the top 10.

Behind Trolleboe, who earned his first win of the season, it was a strong day for Utah in the men’s race, taking five of the top 10 places. Kevin Bolger earned his fifth podium of the year with a second-place run while Martin Bergström earned his first podium of the year with a third-place run. Logan Diekmann picked up fourth for his best career finish. Jacob Engström placed seventh for his first career top 10 with Martin Mikkelsen eighth for his third top 10 of the year. Also in the top five was Denver’s Moritz Madlener, his fourth top-five finish of the season. Colorado’s had two in the top 10 with Petter Reistad placing sixth and Mads Stroem finished ninth in his first appearance of the year after appendix removal during the first weekend of the year. New Mexico’s Petteri Vaherkoski earned his fourth top 10 of the year with a 10th-place run.

Utah surged to the meet lead with 510 points with Denver in second (434) and Montana State third (421). Colorado with 405 points and New Mexico with 338 points rounds out the top five.

The Seawolf Invitational concludes on Wednesday, Feb. 8, with the 4x5-km mixed classic relay.

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