Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cappel, Storey are All-Americans at NCAA finals

Nordic standouts at Soldier Hollow

     Two products of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation cross-country ski program coached by Rick Kapala emerged as All-Americans based on results during the four-day 2014 NCAA Ski Championships last week in Utah.

     Makayla Cappel, 22, a University of Denver redshirt senior, helped the Pioneers (556 points in alpine and Nordic) earn the school’s 22nd NCAA overall championship Saturday over second-place University of Vermont (487.5).

     It was Denver’s eighth NCAA title since 2000 and fourth in the past seven years.

     Cappel posted her third All-American honor as a Pioneer with a seventh-place finish in Thursday’s women’s 5-kilometer classic race staged in warm weather with heavy and wet snow. Cappel (14:24, 0:46 back) earned 25 points for Denver in the 38-racer field.

     In the same race on the Soldier Hollow course, University of Utah sophomore Storey, 19, placed ninth overall in 14:26, 0:48 back. Both Cappel and Storey were second-team All-Americans based on their results in the classic race.

     Saturday’s women’s 15k freestyle finale saw Storey (41:15, 1:00 back) climb all the way to sixth place overall for 27 more Utah points. It represented her second career All-American honor and was the sixth top-10 finish of her racing season. Cappel placed 19th in 42:27, 2:12 back, for another 12 Denver points.

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