An Anchorage skier has received a major cross-country skiing medal during the U.S. Cross-Country Ski Championships in Vermont.

Jessica Yeaton, from Alaska Pacific University’s Nordic Ski Center, won the silver medal during the Thursday's 10K race for women, clocking a time of 31 minutes, 5.5 seconds. According to standings from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association she came in about 20 seconds behind fellow American Caitlin Patterson, who completed the course in 30 minutes, 44.7 seconds.

Despite her performance, Yeaton – who is currently skiing for Team Australia – was prevented by her team affiliation from taking the championships’ runner-up title.

Yeaton, a member of the U.S. ski team at the 2018 Winter Olympics who won the latest Mount Marathon women's footrace in Seward, said she planned to travel to the World Cup as well as the upcoming World Championships with Team Australia.

“Everything came together and I really surprised myself today,” Yeaton said. “After today, I’m focusing on the distance skate race this week, so haven’t decided on racing tomorrow’s sprint yet.”

Several other APU skiers also cracked the top 50 among the race’s 246 finishers. They included Rosie Frankowski, Hannah Halvorsen, Hailey Swirbul and Becca Rorabaugh in fifth, eighth, 11th and 24th place respectively.

The top University of Alaska Anchorage skiers included Michaela Keller-Miller and Jenna DiFolco in 54th, 55th and 74th place respectively.

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