Thursday, August 30, 2012

Falcon women take top three spots in Alaska Fairbanks Long Course race...

FAIRBANKS, Alaska--Sophomore Robyn Zeidler (left/photo courtesy Seattle Pacific University) led a 1-2-3 Seattle Pacific finish as the Falcons finished ahead of host Alaska Fairbanks and Black Hills (SD) State in the Alaska Fairbanks Long-Course Dual at the West Ridge Ski Trails.

The Falcons scored a low total of 26 points, while the host Nanooks scored 37, and Black Hills scored 60.

All five of the Falcon scorers over the 6-k course finished in the top ten, as Zeidler took the win in 22:57.

Katie Thralls was second at 23:17, and Katie Morris third at 23:22.

Jasmine Johnson was ninth at 24:59, and Lynelle Decker rounded out the SPU scorers in tenth at 25:18, giving the Falcons a 1-5 split of 2:21.

“For Robyn to have the confidence to test her body and come through with the win, I was really proud of that,” SPU coach Erika Daligcon said. “I knew Katie wasn't going to be afraid to get in there and get gritty, and I was pleasantly surprised by her and by Katie Morris.”

In the men's 8k race, the Falcons' Jordan Wolfe was second to Black Hills State's Mitch Kraft, as he took the victory in a time of 26:12, with Wolfe 23 seconds down.

Black Hills State took the team title with 26 points, with the Falcons second with 42 points, and host Alaska Fairbanks third at 66.

Other Falcon scorers included AJ Baker in 3rd at 26:48, Seth Pierson in fifth at 27:16, Tavish Taylor in 13th at 27:50, and Colin Wilkins in 20th at 30:12.

The same three teams face each other Saturday, racing over a 4k course.

The Seattle Pacific release is available here.

NOTE: The sports information office at Seattle Pacific University contributed to this report.

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