Alaska skiers wrap up first period of World Cup, plus Besh Cup kicks off in the Mat-Su

Besh Cup races #1 and #2 took place at Government Peak near Hatcher Pass over the weekend.

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - It was a busy weekend of cross-country skiing, and not just because of the snow. Alaskans competed in both the World Cup and Besh Cup.

World Cup

It was another busy weekend for Alaska Pacific University cross-county skiers in Davos, Switzerland as they finished their first period of World Cup races.

Saturday Sadie Bjornsen finished 14th on the day in the skate sprint, while Rosie Brennan in 29th, but Brennan saved her best for Sunday with a career-best 6th-place finish in the 10k skate race.

"Today was a dream finish to Period 1 for me. Davos is a perfect course for me with lots of work and not much recovery and a little bit of altitude thrown in, so I had some high expectations for myself today,” said Brennan in a APU press release Monday.

On the men’s side David Norris led the U.S. men with a 61st-place finish in the 15K, and Scott Patterson took 72nd. The World Cup circuit picks back up December 29 in Toblach, Italy.

Besh Cup

Back in Alaska, Bech Cup Races #1 and #2 kicked off at Government Peak near Hatcher Pass. Saturday Rosie Frankowski won the women’s 10k race while Hailey Swirbul took second. In the Men’s 15k it was a familiar sight as Gus Schumacher won as his former Team USA teammates Luke Jager and Hunter Wonders took second and third place.

Schumacher won the 10K skate race on Sunday by nearly 15 seconds, trailed again by Jager and Wonders. In the women’s 5K race it was 2018 Olympian Jessic Yeaton with the victory. Besh Cup #3 and #4 races will be in Homer.

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