Crawford Releases @AlaskaNanooksXC Nordic Ski Schedule for 2017-18
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – On Friday, Alaska Nanooks Nordic ski head coach Nick Crawford officially released the men’s and women’s upcoming 2017-18 season schedule, which features four Rocky Mountain Intercollege Ski Association (RMISA) events.
“We’re really pleased with how the competition schedule worked out this year,” Crawford said on Friday. “It’s our second year competing in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association and while it was really fun being the newcomers to the conference last year, I’m also looking forward to having the team become more familiar with the travel, race courses and competition within the RMISA this season.”
The Alaska Nanooks men’s and women’s Nordic ski teams kick-off the 2017-18 season by facing in-state rival Alaska Anchorage in the 14th annual Alaska Nordic Cup Nov. 18-19 at the Government Peak Trails in Palmer, Alaska. The Nanooks will look to defend their cup title this season, but still hold an all-time record of 9-3-1 over the Seawolves in the annual meet.
After taking the month of December off, Alaska will travel to Anchorage once more to participate in the U.S. Cross Country Skiing National championships Jan. 2 and 4. Over the two-day event, Alaska will appear in the 10k/15k freestyle on Jan. 2 before racing in the freestyle sprints on Jan. 4. The Nooks’ performances at the Senior Nationals will also count for points in the RMISA conference standings.
“While we don’t have any true ‘home competitions’ this season, we’re looking forward to competing within the state twice this year at the annual Nordic Cup with UAA in November and then again in January at the U.S. National Championships,” Crawford said. “So many of our current student-athletes, fans and alumni reside in the Anchorage area, that it always feels like we’re racing at home when we compete there.”
January continues to be a busy month for the Nooks, as they travel to West Yellowstone, Montana to compete in the Montana State University Invitational Jan. 13-14 before heading to the University of Utah Invitational Jan. 18 and 20 in Soldier Hollow, Utah. Both the MSU and UU Invite’s results will count toward the league standings.
In February, Alaska will compete in another RMISA-sanctioned invitational, as the University of Denver Pioneers will host their fellow conference opponents at the Maloit Park Trails in Minturn, Colorado Feb. 10-11. The Nanooks will kick-off the postseason with the RMISA Conference Championships and NCAA West Regional Championships Feb. 23-24 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, hosted by the University of Colorado.
Alaska will use the RMISA Championships as a sneak preview of the NCAA Skiing National Championships, as the University of Colorado will host the collegiate championships at the same venue Mar. 8 and 10 in Steamboat Springs.
“It’s rare for the NCAA skiing championships to be in the same location so close together but we’re returning to Steamboat for the second time in three years,” Crawford continued. “The team raced really well at the NCAA Championships there in 2016 so I’m hopefully we’ll be able to do so again this season.”
“Our most important goals for the program each year are centered on the success at the NCAA Championships and this year’s schedule is really conducive for us to do so,” Crawford concluded. “Having the RMISA Championships on the same courses right beforehand will be a great to gain familiarity with the NCAA Championship courses, while having several sets of races at altitudes we’re not used to.”
For more information on the Alaska Nanooks men’s and women’s Nordic ski teams follow @AlaskaNanooksXC on Twitter or like the Alaska Nanooks XC team page on Facebook.
Published at Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:04:00 +0000