The Gustavus men’s and women’s nordic skiing teams competed in their first official competition of the season on Saturday and Sunday at the Wolverine Ski Challenge in Ironwood, Mich.
Anders Bowman and Marian Lund led their respective teams both days. Bowman paced the Gustie men in Saturday’s 10K Freestyle with a 31st place finish in 25:43.5, and followed with a 14th place result in Sunday’s 10K Classic in a time of 27:31.0. For the women, Lund took 21st overall and sixth in her division with a time of 14:53.9 in the 5K Freestyle Saturday, and in Sunday’s 10K Classic, she came in 30th overall – 10th in her division – with a time of 34:50.8.
Here is how the rest of the Gusties fared over the weekend:
Men – Saturday
50th – Josh Blankenship 26:38.0
57th – Zach Wagner 26:50.4
95th – Gabe Hanson 28:49.3
119th – Christian Kvalseth 30:29.4
Women – Saturday
60th – Erica Hett 16:00.6
67th – Annika Ferber 16:23.5
Men – Sunday
41st – Zach Wagner 29:19.1
54th – Josh Blankenship 29:43.8
57th – Gabe Hanson 29:57.2
77th – Scott Williams 31:08.8
103rd – Christian Kvalseth 32:40.1
Women – Sunday
38th – Erica Hett 35:32.8
66th – Annika Ferber 38:34.9
The Gustie men and women have a long stretch before their next competition, which will be at the Hilltop Invitational in Duluth, Minn. on Jan. 14-15. The race will be the first NCAA Qualifier of the season.