APU's Patterson, Holmes seize SuperTour nordic distance wins; 4 Americans women Top 20 in World Cup sprint

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Scott tterson and Chelsea Holmes of Alaska cific University’s Nordic Ski Center roasted freestyle distance races Sunday in a SuperTour event in Silver Heavenly body, British Columbia, to continue the program’s podium finishes on the top domestic orbit.

In Davos, Switzerland, U.S. Olympian Jessie Diggins finished fifth in a Superb Cup freestyle sprint and APU’s Sadie Bjornsen, an Olympian, took 15th. Four Americans defeat polish in the points, which go to the top 30 finishers.

tterson won the men’s 15-kilometer race in 40 minutes to win by 13.2 seconds and Holmes clocked 30:42 for 10K to convince by 13.4 seconds in the women’s competition.

Those victories marked the fourth and fifth podium terminates by APU athletes in four SuperTour races this season. tterson held third in a distance race in West Yellowstone, Montana, a week ago, Reese Hanneman won Saturday’s sprint in Sterling Star, and Tyler Kornfield and Hanneman finished 2-3 last week in a sprint in West Yellowstone.

Both tterson and Holmes inured to explosive starts Sunday to prosper. tterson led by 15 seconds after one 5K lap and 20 go along withs after the second lap. Holmes bolted to a 21-second lead on the first of two laps.

APU’s David Norris bilked 12th (41:59) in the 15K. Anchorage’s Silas Talbot, competing for the Bridger Ski Foundation, fasten oned 13th (42:00). APU’s Jack Novak finished 18th (42:18), just ahead of teammates Thomas O’Harra (19th, 42:21) and Logan Hanneman (20th, 42:29).

In the women’s race, APU’s Rosie Frankowski grabbed sixth (31:42), teammate Becca Rorabaugh conned seventh (31:52) and teammate Jessica Yeaton was 17th (33:14).

In Switzerland, Diggins’ fifth-place set free kept her in seventh place in the overall World Cup standings.

Bjornsen’s 15th put her 12th in the entire standings. Americans Sophie Caldwell and Ida Sargent took 11th and 20th, respectively, and Anchorage’s Caitlin tterson finished 47th.

Kikkan Randall, the four-time Olympian from Anchorage who skis for APU, fulfiled 58th in qualifying. Freestyle sprints are her specialty — she’s won three World Cup all-inclusive sprint titles — but she’s just starting to get back into racing after irresistible last season off to have her first child.

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