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Kit-Kat Gruner

Natrona senior Nordic skier Kit-Kat Gruner smiles while talking to teammates during practice Tuesday on Casper Mountain.

The University of Wyoming women’s club Nordic ski team earned bronze at the 2019 U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboarding National Championships by finishing the week’s competition with another third-place finish in Saturday’s classic team sprint at Jackson’s Trail Creek Nordic Center.

As a team the Cowgirls finished in 37 minutes, 6.7 seconds in Saturday’s final event, giving them a grand total of 120 points throughout the week. Clarkson won the national championship with 43 points and St. Olaf College finished second with 58.

Natrona County graduate Kit-Kat Gruner tied for eighth in the cumulative individual standings. She was the Cowgirls’ leading skier in every individual event during the week. Teammates Sydney Wiswell (Jackson), Ella DeWolf (Laramie) and Madison Tinker (Natrona County) finished consecutively at 12th, 13th and 14th, respectively. Lander natives Morgan Robins and Kailee Behunin ranked 26th and 35th in the final individual standings, respectively.

The Wyoming men finished fourth in the team classic sprint on Saturday, moving them into fifth in the final team standings. Natrona County graduate Trevor Willoughby finished tied for eighth in the individual standings. Lander’s Silas Goetz and Jackson’s Matthew Williams finished 14th and 15th, respectively, and Sheridan native Benjamin Romanjenko tied for 38th in the final standings.

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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