APU skiers place in national cross-country sprint championship races
Alaska Pacific University skiers continued to snag podium spots Friday at the U.S. National Cross Country Ski Championships, after several APU women did well during the women’s 10K ski on Thursday.
According to APU, Logan Hanneman and Hannah Halverson took second and third place respectively during the 1.7K classic sprint in Craftsbury, Vermont, divided into men’s and women’s events.
Hanneman and Tyler Kornfield, both 2018 Winter Olympians, were among five men from APU who qualified for heats in the sprint including David Norris, Forrest Mahlen and Luke Jager. Hanneman took second place and first in quarterfinal and semifinal races, before taking second place in the final. Mahlen came in 11th overall.
“I led the quarterfinal, which was a lot of work,” Hanneman said in a release from the university. “In the semi and final, I tried to let others lead and tried to then close the gap on the uphill."
The two APU women who competed in Friday’s event, Halverson and Hailey Swirbul, both made the final race. Halverson won her quarterfinal then came in third during a close semifinal, while Swirbul finished third in her quarterfinal and was advanced from the semifinal. In the women’s final, Halverson skied to the silver in a photo finish while Swirbul came in sixth overall.
“I had to fight in both the semi and final to get where I got today,” Halverson said. “My strategy was one heat at a time.”
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