Wednesday, March 13, 2013

All-American honors for SVSEF Nordic trio

Cappel, Storey and Havlick at Middlebury

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation cross-country ski alumni Makayla Cappel, Sloan Storey, Miles Havlick and Annie Pokorny competed well and earned honors in the 60th annual NCAA Nordic Ski Championships March 6-9 at Vermont’s Middlebury College.

Cappel, a 5-10 University of Denver senior, earned All-American honors for a second straight year by placing 10th of 39 women in Saturday’s 15-kilometer mass start freestyle race. Her time was 39:50. Last March in Bozeman, Mt., Cappel was an All-American in the 15k mass start classic race.

Storey, the only female University of Utah ski team freshman this year, notched fifth place of 40 skiers in Thursday’s 5k classic race. Her time was 16:02, 31 seconds behind winner Anja Gruber (15:31), a former German National teamer competing for Univ. of Vermont.

University of Utah senior Havlick ended a fine collegiate career by successfully defending his men’s 20k freestyle championship Saturday at the Rikert Touring Center. Havlick (50:13.4) nipped Thursday’s men’s 10k classic winner Rune Oedegaard of Univ. of Colorado (50:14.0) by less than a second.

Havlick finished sixth for another All-American nod 46 seconds behind Oedegaard in Thursday’s 10k classic race. Cappel was 17th in 16:27.1 and Middlebury College soph Annie Pokorny placed 18th in 16:27.5 in women’s 5k classic. Storey finished 22nd in Saturday’s 15k skate final with a 40:46 time.

As a team the Colorado Buffaloes stormed back to post the largest final-day rally in the history of the NCAA Finals and thus capture the combined Nordic and alpine team title 708-665 over University of Utah. It was the third straight runner-up finish for Utah, and 19th national title for Colorado.

Defending team champion University of Vermont led the team totals during the previous three days of the four-day NCAA Finals, but faded Saturday and settled for third place of 21 teams with 653 points. Denver placed fourth with 629.



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