WSC Nordic Team Takes Titles in Grand Mesa; Alpine team has two second place finishes in Winter Park
Feb. 4, 2010 -- It was a successful weekend for both the WSC Nordic and alpine teams this past weekend.
WSC Nordic skier Scott Krankkala contributed to the men's Nordic efforts in Grand Mesa with a second place finish in the 10k classic.
WSC Nordic Team
The Western State Nordic team competed this past weekend on the Grand Mesa at the Mesa State College Invitation, with two first-place finishes from Brittany Perkins.
The men’s team also had a strong showing; they are currently ranked second in the nation in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA).
“The races were intense,” Coach Duncan Callahan said. “And our athletes are strong and were well prepared for this race that took place at over 10,000 feet elevation.”
Senior Brittany Perkins took first place in the 1k skate sprint race, with her teammate senior Jamie Woelk coming in at third. The following day, Perkins won another race, this time the 10k classic. Woelk again followed in her tracks, coming in at sixth place.
For the men, senior Tom Sunderland came in at second place in the 1k skate sprint. Sophomore Scott Krankkala led the men with a second-place showing in the 10k classic, with teammates freshman Chris Lange coming in at third, and Sunderland right behind him in fourth place.
Callahan was extremely pleased with this past weekend.
“Our team is for real this season, and we’re looking to produce some fast times this coming weekend at the Alley Loop in Crested Butte.”
WSC Alpine Team
WSC alpine skiers had a successful weekend in Winter Park with Dylan Bryant leading the team to second-place finishes in both the giant slalom (GS) and slalom in the USCSA competition.
Senior Kara Delaney led the women’s team by finishing fourth in the slalom and fifth in the GS.
The women are now fifth overall in the Rocky Mountain Conference of the USCSA.
With Bryant, a senior, placing second in both events in Winter Park the men are now fourth overall in the Rocky Mountain Conference of the USCSA.
The team is off to Loveland this weekend for an “all-slalom” race.
“We tend to be very strong in the slalom, so it should be a good weekend,” said Coach Eric Grand said.