FAIRBANKS, AK – After winning a silver and two bronze medals at the NCAA Skiing Championships, Marius Korthauer is used to taking up a spot on the podium. Only this time, he is doing it away from the snow. Korthauer dominated the field at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ cross country trial meet on Saturday, turning in a course record time of 22:47 at the Ester Dome 5K. Korthauer, who finished first in this event last season as well, easily bested the old mark of 22:53, set by former Nanook Michal Malak in 2002.
Another Alaska alumnus, Harald Aas, finished second in the event with a time of 23:29. New addition Jani Tulppo, who just met up with the Nanook squad last Tuesday, was the team's second best runner, placing third overall in 23:54. Chris Eversman (fourth), Zach McGill (fifth) and John Parry (seventh) round out the men's top five.
On the women's side, Anna Coulter remained the Blue and Gold's top finisher, taking first place with a time of 28:01. Graduate student Beth Zirbes placed second with a time of 29:46, finishing just ahead of Alaska assistant coach Ingrid Olson. Elisabeth Habermann, Lindy Smith and newcomer Riikka Kemppainen complete the women's top five finishers, coming in at fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.