Truckee Nordic skiers qualify for NCAA Championships
The University of New Hampshire NCAA women’s Nordic contingent includes two Truckee natives, Annika Taylor from Truckee High and Katrin Larusson from the Sugar Bowl Academy.
Taylor, the 2013 University of New Hampshire (UNH) women’s Nordic team MVP, will represent her college for the second year in a row at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships.
The junior co-captain missed this season’s first three carnivals while competing for Great Britain at the U23 World Championships, but she celebrated her return with a fourth-place finish in the 5K freestyle and eighth in the 15K classic at Dartmouth. Overall, Taylor earned the No. 16 East ranking.
Larusson, a freshman, was named the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) women’s Nordic Rookie of the Year to highlight five UNH Wildcats named to the All-East Team.
Larusson sported a career-high third-place finish in the 5K free at Vermont, she was seventh at Dartmouth and twice placed 10th in the 5K classic. Larusson is 10th overall in the East with the No. 5 rank in freestyle and No. 17 in classic.
The All-East Teams recognize the EISA’s top 10 competitors in combined disciplines: classical and freestyle Nordic races and giant slalom and slalom alpine races.
Taylor and Larusson are competing along with three men from the UNH Nordic team and six alpine competitors at the NCAA Championships, hosted by the University of Utah this Wednesday through Saturday in Soldier Hollow and Park City.
This will be the girls’ second visit to Soldier Hollow in 2014. They both competed in the U.S. Nationals with several UNH teammates as well as a number of strong local Far West Juniors.