Alaskans Claim Eight Medals at Cross-Country Skiing Championships

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Alaska cross country skiers swept championship trials in Rumsford, Maine this week.   Five of six medals awarded by the U.S. Cross Country Championships went to Alaskans Wednesday.

Lars Flora of Anchorage finished the 15 kilometer men’s classic first, followed by fellow Alaskans James Southam, David Norris and Lex Treinen in that order.  Alaskan Tyler Kornfield finished ninth in that race.

The women’s 10 kilometer classic followed suit, with Sadie Bjornsen finishing first and Morgan Smyth coming in second. Both women attend Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage.  Palmer’s Kate Fitzgerald and Anchorage’s Holly Brooks also finished in the top ten in that race.

In all, eight of 12 medals awarded in the championships have been claimed by Alaskans.  The trials are continuing.

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