UAF Cross Country Records Program-Best Finish

Freshman, Fordham Headlines Nanooks
UAF Nanooks send six men, six women to race in GNAC Conference Championship
UAF Nanooks send six men, six women to race in GNAC Conference Championship(KTVF)
Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 7:17 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks raced in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Cross Country Championships in Lacey, Washington, Saturday. Six men and six women competed for a chance at the conference title.

The men raced an 8k, and the sophomore, Mike Ophoff had the best finish of the Nanook men’s team crossing the finish line with a time of 26 minutes and 2.50 seconds. He finished in 35th place. The men finished with 224 total points, and finished in ninth out of ten teams that competed for the GNAC Championship. Simon Fraser took first on the men’s side and also produced the first overall finisher, Aaron Ahl, who finished in 24 minutes and 21.8 seconds.

The UAF women’s team, who was predicted to finish dead last in the conference in the GNAC preseason poll, set a program-best finish at the conference championship. The women raced a 6k race, and three athletes were of the first five racers to cross the finish line.

The freshman from Australia, Rosie Fordham, was the best Nanook runner coming in second with a time of 21 minutes and 33.1 seconds. Fordham has had a stellar season all year long as she has never posted a finish that was worse than fourth place. Fordham was also named the Women’s Freshman Runner of the Year in the GNAC conference.

Kendall Kramer and Naomi Bailey were right behind Fordham claiming the third and fourth place finishes. The women’s team combined for 92 total points and as a team finished in third place overall. This marks the best finish for UAF Women’s Cross Country at a conference championship race. The only two teams finishing above them were Simon Fraser and Western Washington who took home first and second respectively.

Up next for the Cross Country season is the NCAA West Regionals. This event will be hosted by Western Oregon University on Saturday, November 6th.

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