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UAA's Alexander takes giant slalom victory at West Region championships

  • Author: Alaska News
  • Updated: July 8, 2016
  • Published February 26, 2016

UAA senior Sean Alexander skied to a West Region championship Friday in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Alexander won the men's giant slalom at the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships, which double as the West Region championships.

Alexander won the race by .31 of a second over Colorado's Henrik Gunnarsson, skiing to a two-run total time of 2 minutes, 19.30 seconds.

An All-American in 2015 and 2012, Alexander led a group of eight Seawolves with top-20 finishes.

Hughston Norton placed eighth and Tony Naciuk 17th in the men's giant slalom, with Norton cracking the top 10 for the third time this season.

In the women's race, Charley Field placed sixth to post her fifth top-10 performance of the season. And Isabella Andreini finished 20th.

In the cross country races in Minturn, Colorado, Mackenzie Kanady grabbed 10th place in the women's 5-kilometer freestyle to continue a strong season. The Anchoarge woman has finished no lower than 13th in nine races.

In the men's 10-K, Luca Winkler finished 13th and Mario Roncador 19th.

UAA is in sixth place in the team standings heading into Saturday's finals events, a slalom for the alpine skiers and a classic-technique for the cross-country skiers.

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