Senior Theresia Schnurr (Butheral, Germany/Biochemistry) had the fastest qualifying time for the Alaska Nanooks women’s ski team on Tuesday, leading three of her teammates into the quarterfinals in the 1.3-kilometer freestyle sprint heats at the U.S. Cross Country Championships in Soldier Hollow.
Schnurr had the 18th fastest qualifying time of three minutes and 6.77 seconds, while senior Marit Rjabov’s (Voru, Estonia/Psychology) was 24th and junior Alyson McPhetres (Chugiak, Alaska/Spanish and Geological Engineering) was 28th.
All three advanced to the quarterfinal heats, where Schnurr and McPhetres narrowly missed the chance to advance to the semifinals.
Senior Crystal Pitney (Fairbanks, Alaska/Business Administration) was just outside the top-30 in 32nd. After being kept out of the first three events due to illness, Alaska junior Raphaela Sieber (Vöhrenbach, Germany/Business Administration) recovered well enough to race Tuesday and finished fifth best for the Nanooks and 50th overall. Rounding out the team representatives was senior Heather Edic (Fairbanks, Alaska/Mechanical Engineering) in 61st.