Western State Alpine and Nordic Ski Teams do well in Essential Races; Alpine skiers advance to regionals, Nordic skiers qualify for nationals
Feb. 17, 2010 -- The alpine and Nordic ski teams extended their seasons by qualifying for regionals and nationals respectively this past weekend.
Scott Krankkala, (in front) and Chris Lange, getting ready to start the Owl Creek Chase in Aspen, Colo.
The Western State alpine team finished its regular conference season in Telluride this past weekend, with their top racer, Dylan Bryant, taking the top spot as the men’s conference champion.
Both the men’s and women’s teams advanced to the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) championships in Snow Basin, Utah, which will be held next weekend.
On the women’s side, senior Kara Delaney finished the season in third place. The men’s team finished the season in third place with the women, finishing fifth. There are 11 teams total in the Rocky Mountain Conference of the USCSA.
The Western State Nordic team skied in the Owl Creek Chase event in Aspen this past weekend, and also secured their spot to ski in the USCSA nationals in March.
The race was a 21k point-to-point skate. Sophomore Scott Krankkala led the men’s team, winning the race, with teammate freshman Chris Lange behind him in fifth. The women were led by senior Brittany Perkins, who finished in fifth place. Just behind her was senior Jamie Woelk, who posted a seventh-place finish.
The team will head to Laramie, Wyo., this weekend to participate in the Cowboy Chase event. The team heads to Rumford, Maine, the first week in March to participate in the USCSA Nationals.