UAF men's cross country sign two in-state stars to NLIs

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:03 -- jcook

FAIRBANKS-The UAF men's cross country and ski teams land their first two recruits of the 2014 signing period and they're from the 49th state. Today Lyon Kopsack of Colony High School signed his NLI to run for the Nanooks in the fall.

Kopsack is the first to sign to the cross country team. Colony's cross country team captain is a 4 sports athlete with a PR of 16:44 in the 5K and won Mount Marathon in 2013. Kopsack is the man in the classroom as he will be Colony's Valedictorian this spring. He plans to major in petroleum engineering.

Yesterday Seiji Takagi of South Anchorage signed with UAF to ski. Takagi is one of the top skiers in the state. He was second to West Valley's Max Donaldson for this year's skimeister award.

Takagi is a member of the U.S. under 18 squad and won an individual title in the US. Ski and Snowbaord Association Super Tour 30K junior distance race. Takagi is decorated with 2 region 4 titles, a 2014 ASAA state title and a runner-up finish in 2013. He plans to major in biological sciences.

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