Alaskans rise to top at skiing nationals again

  • By Staff Report
  • Saturday, January 6, 2018 1:29am
  • Sports

Alaska skiers continued to find success Friday at the U.S. Cross Country Championships at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

Reese Hanneman and Caitlin Patterson won the national championships in the freestyle sprint to give home-snow skiers all of the four national titles contested so far.

Patterson, who graduated from South High in Anchorage and now lives in Vermont, won the 1.4-kilometer sprint final with Jasmi Joensuu of the University of Denver taking second. Patterson also won the distance freestyle race Wednesday.

Hanneman, who grew up in Fairbanks and now trains with the Alaska Pacific University program, took the 1.7-kilometer final with Kevin Bolger of Wisconsin taking second and Tyler Kornfield, another APU skier, taking third.

APU skier Scott Patterson, who matched his sister, Caitlin, by winning the distance freestyle Wednesday, was eliminated in the quarterfinals Friday.

Local skiers did not make it out of qualifying on the men’s or women’s sides.

For the women, Soldotna graduate and University of Alaska Anchorage skier Sadie Fox was 44th and Kenai Central’s Addison Gibson was 112th.

For the men, Kenai Central’s Karl Danielson qualified 134th, Soldotna’s Koby Vinson qualified 170th and Soldotna’s Jeremy Kupferschmid qualified 180th.

There are two races left — a mass-start classic race Sunday and a classic sprint Monday.

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