1985 National Champion Ski Team

In only the second year of combined scoring, the UW men’s and women’s ski teams finished first overall at the 1985 NCAA Championships in Bozeman, Mont., capturing the second national skiing title for Wyoming (1968) . Thirteen UW skiers earned All American honors. In the Alpine events, Ann Melander won the women’s giant slalom while Becky Simning finished third, Heidi Ward 8th, and Shari Ahola 11th. Ian White was Wyoming’s top finisher in the men’s giant slalom, finishing 4th, ahead of teammates Nils Eriksson (5th), Olov Gynt (11th), and Dave Lyon (18th). Melander also won the women’s slalom event, placing just ahead of teammates Ahola (2nd), Simning (3rd), and Ward (6th). Lyon led Wyoming in the men’s slalom (10th), followed by Gynt (13th), White (14th), and Eriksson (25th). In the Nordic events, Wyoming’s women’s relay team (Hagensen, Stav, Peikli-Randall) won the 3 x 5 km event, while the men’s team of Grumsrud, Skosholm, and Straley finished 5th. In the 7.5 km Cross Country race, the women’s top finisher was Peikli-Randall (5th), while the men’s team was led by Per Henning (6th). Coached by Tim Ameel and Kent Towlerton, the 1985 team won four of its six meets, and finished second in the other two contests.