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Egger second American in sprint qualifier at world championships

GOMS, Switzerland -- Colby College Nordic skier Andrew Egger (Minneapolis, Minn.) finished 47th overall and was second among American sprinters in the sprint qualification at the Under-23 World Cross Country Skiing Championships on Monday.

Egger finished in a time of 3 minutes, 12.06 seconds in the field of 71 finishers. U.S. teammate Bill Harmeyer was 46th with a 3:12.04. Egger finished 11.88 seconds behind Erik Valnes of Norway. Skiers had to finish in the top 30 to qualify for heat racing.
"It was a really tough course and he looked awesome," Colby head coach Tracey Cote said. "To be 47th place and the second American is a huge accomplishment for his first international experience. I know from talking with him, he gave it his all and was happy with that."
Egger qualified for the world championships at the U.S. Cross Country Championships in Alaska. He had to start last at the world meet.
" Because he didn't have an international license, he had to start last," Cote said. "That isn't ideal in a sprint and he had to pass a couple of skiers, which is tough."
Egger will gain more experience by competing in a 15-kilometer classic event and a 15K skate race during the week in Switzerland.