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UAA senior Schoonmaker wins freestyle sprint at US Ski National Championships

Published: Jan. 2, 2022 at 6:10 PM AKST
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MIDWAY, UTAH (KTUU) - University of Alaska Anchorage senior JC Schoonmaker skied to a national championship Sunday in the freestyle sprint at the US Cross-Country Ski Championships. Schoonmaker cruised to a time of 3 minutes, 21.05 seconds, just narrowly beating out the second-place finisher’s time of 3:21.88.

According to the UAA athletics website, Schoonmaker’s finish was the highest finish by a Seawolf at the US National Championships since Eric Strabel finished second in 2006 in a race that was held on the same course. UAA is currently tied for second in overall team points with Colorado both teams trailing Utah.

The national championships are taking place at the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center in Midway, Utah. Schoonmaker will now take a few days of racing off and get back onto the trails for the 10 kilometer/15 kilometer classic interval start on Jan. 6.

Monday is a training day before racing begins again with the 7.5k/20k women and 10k/30k men freestyle mass start race on Jan. 4.

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