Wolf Pack Ski Team Impressing In Anchorage

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The Nevada skiing team turned in seven individual top 25 finishes finished the first day of the Alaska-Anchorage Invitation in fifth place on Monday.

Tuesday's classical races were postponed due to the weather and will be run Thursday.

Freshman Åse Carlson finished ninth in the women’s 5K freestyle race with time of 16:32.2. Senior All-American Chelsea Holmes finished in 11th (16:35.7), while junior Kristin Ronnestrand was 16th (16:43.6).

In the men’s 10K freestyle, sophomore Jonathan Pluvinet was Nevada’s top finisher, taking 16th with a time of 27:48.7. Senior Lutz Preussler was seven seconds behind him for 17th (27:55.7), while freshman Elias Bucher ended up 19th with a time of 28:14.3. Freshman Vincent Caccamo finished 24th (28:36.1), while freshman Charles Smith was 36th (30:09.3).

The Wolf Pack will be in Anchorage all week for the 2009 United States Cross Country Championships, the Seawolf Invitational and the Alaska-Anchorage Invitational Jan. 5-11.

The U.S. Nationals coincide with the UAA Invitational, and both events got underway on Monday. The Seawolf Invitational will start on Thursday, Jan. 8. The Nordic races will be held at Kincaid Park, while the alpine events will be run at Alyeska Ski Resort.