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Don Jacobson Memorial High School Nordic Ski Meet

Natrona County's Kit-Kat Gruner skis to a fifth-place finish during the Don Jacobson Memorial high school Nordic ski meet on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Casper Mountain Trails Center in Casper.

The University of Wyoming club ski team is in good standing going into the final two days of the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships in Jackson. The Cowgirls stand in third after the 7.5km classic interval start on Tuesday and the freestyle sprint on Wednesday.

Jackson native Sydney Wiswell led the Cowgirls with a 29:00.7 in the classic interval on Tuesday to finish seventh while Natrona County graduate Kit-Kat Gruner finished in 29:16.1 to round-out the top 10. Laramie native Ella DeWolf finished 13th (29:34.3) in Tuesday’s event, Natrona County graduate Madison Tinker took 19th, and Lander duo Morgan Robins and Kailee Behunin finished in 31st and 36th, respectively.

In Wednesday’s skate it was the duo of Gruner and Tinker finishing in the top 10, with Gruner finishing eighth and Tinker just behind in ninth. Not far behind was Dewolf in 13th, Wiswell in 14th and Robins finished 17th.

The Cowboys finished sixth in the team standings in Tuesday’s classic interval start and fifth in the freestyle sprint. Natrona County graduate Trevor Willoughby finished ninth in that event with a 23:48.1. Lander native Silas Goetz earned 13th, Jackson graduate Matthew Williams finished in 18th and Sheridan native Benjamin Romanjenko finished 37th.

Willoughby once again led the Cowboys during Wednesday’s freestyle sprint. The Casper native finished eighth, ahead of Goetz (14th), Williams (17th) and Romanjenko (23rd).

Thursday’s competitions were strictly for alpine ski and snowboard teams, meaning Wyoming’s nordic teams had the day off before the 15km classic on Friday and the national championship team race on Saturday.

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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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