Two Anchorage skiers advanced to the quarterfinal heats and two others came close Sunday at a World Cup classic sprint race in Falun, Sweden.
Rosie Brennan of Alaska Pacific University held onto third place in the overall standings by placing 19th. She finished fourth in her quarterfinal heat, two spots out of advancing to the semifinals.
World Cup leader Jessie Diggins of Minnesota was the only American to make it as far as the semifinals; she wound up in eighth place. Sophie Caldwell Hamilton of Vermont, the only other American woman in the quarterfinals, finished 16th.
In the men’s competition, JC Schoonmaker of UAA finished fourth in his quarterfinal heat to place 18th overall, his third top-20 finish in four World Cup sprints this season. He was the 11th-fastest skier in the qualifications and the only American man to advance.
Just missing the men’s quarterfinals were APU skiers Luke Jager and Logan Hanneman, who were 32nd and 33rd, respectively, in qualifications. It was Jager’s World Cup debut, and he was less than one-tenth of a second out of 30th place.
Victories went to Sweden’s Linn Svahn in the women’s race and Norway’s Johannes Klaebo in the men’s race.