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UW Nordic Ski Team Benefit Dinner and Race This Weekend

February 11, 2014 — The nationally recognized University of Wyoming Nordic ski team hosts its only meet of the season this weekend at the Happy Jack Recreation Area.

The Cowboy Chase Nordic Pursuit Race, open to the public, begins Saturday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. with a 10km/5km freestyle competition. A 10km/5km classic pursuit race is scheduled Sunday, Feb. 16, at 9:30 a.m.

Registration is $25 per race or $35 for the entire weekend. Children compete for free. Registrations will be taken at the Tie City parking lot before each race. Online applications are available at Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and opens at 8 a.m. Sunday and closes one hour later.

Besides the regular races, new this year are an “old school” 3km race and a costume contest for children and beginner racers during Saturday’s competition.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls also will host their annual spaghetti dinner, art auction and raffle Saturday Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Laramie Junior High School cafeteria. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children, which includes dinner and access to the art auction and raffle. Some items have been donated by area artists, Snow Mountain Ranch, Sierra Trading Post, Cross Country Connection and Cowgirl Yarn.

Proceeds will help the UW Nordic ski teams compete at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association national championships March 11-15 at Lake Placid, N.Y., home of the 1980 Winter Games. While at nationals, UW team members will compete on the Olympic trails and awards will be presented at Olympic Plaza.

For more information about the weekend activities, contact co-Nordic ski Coach Christi Boggs at (307) 760-7150 or email

UW team members competed in their final Division I race last weekend at the New Mexico Invitational in Red River, N.M., where one Cowgirl finished among the top 10 skiers.

Elise Sulser of Casper had a “legitimate great race,” finishing ninth overall, says Boggs.

“She defeated more than 15 full scholarship athletes, inspiring both her coaches and her teammates,” Boggs says.

Cowgirl teammate Sierra Jech of Cody was not far behind in 21st place, with her best skate race ever, breaking into the top 10 percent of the entire field for the second time this season. Bridget Weiner of Casper and Britta Schroeter of Ironwood, Mich., also competed for the Cowgirls.

Six of the seven UW men all placed in the competition’s top 20 percent. They were Kyle Bochanski of Fairfax, Vt.; Nathan Hough and Patrick Rodgers of Casper; Ben Noren of Ironwood, Mich.; and Sam Wiswell from Jackson. Casper’s Andrew Hill and Taylor Vignaroli, and Sindre Solvang from Cheyenne, also competed.

University of Wyoming Nordic club team member Elise Sulser of Casper placed among the top 10 at last weekend’s Division I race at the New Mexico Invitational in Red River, N.M. (Christi Boggs Photo)

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