UAF cross country and skiing back to full practices

Published: Oct. 26, 2020 at 5:49 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks Athletic Department returned to full team practices last week with the different programs finally meeting as a whole. The only outdoor programs for UAF are the cross country and skiing teams, who prepare for the 2021 season.

“So for us it’s not much of a difference because with cross country and skiing we practice outside,” said Head Coach Eliska Albrightsen. "We were able to help our athletes with training plans.”

The Nanooks welcomed five freshmen to their program. This includes Kendall Kramer, Jack Cater, Nolan Earnest, Nate Cutler and Max Beiergrohslein.

Kramer is considered the crown jewel of the 2020 recruiting class for the Nanooks after she spent four years torching the Alaska landscape for the West Valley Wolfpack. She won numerous state titles in cross country and skiing and represented Alaska in the Junior Olympics on many occasions.

“Honestly, my recruiting strategy was not to push her too much to choose us," said Coach Albrightsen. “Because we knew that we are the best option for her. She loves Alaska.”

Beiergrohslein is an incoming freshman from Eagle River, Alaska, after spending time with Alaska Nordic Racing. Cater, much like Kramer, comes from West Valley representing Fairbanks, Alaska on the blue and gold. Earnest is another athlete from West Valley. Cutler is the last freshman from the recruiting class and he comes from Kings Beach, California after spending time with the Sugar Bowl Academy.

“I love having freshman because you know they’re more of a clean slate, whatever you impress on them that’s what they’re going to be." said Coach Albrightsen.

The Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association have their preliminary 2021 schedule out and the season is slated to start January 11 for the Denver Invitational hosted by the University of Denver. Alaska is set to host their own invitational on February 20 at Birch Hill.

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