Grand Rapids, Minn. - The Gustavus Adolphus men’s and women’s nordic skiing teams competed in day one of the two-day CCSA Championships on Saturday afternoon. Both teams turned in multiple skiiers inside the top 40 in Saturday’s Classic races. No team scores were available. The two squads will take back to the course tomorrow afternoon for the Freestyle technique race.
On the men’s side, the Gusties competed in a 10 km race and were led by Zach Wagner (Sr., Marquette, Mich.) and Scott Williams (So., Maple Grove, Minn.), who finished one after another. Wagner finished in 35th place with a time of 28:55.0 while Williams followed in 36th place with a final time of 29:03.4. Tyler Gustafson (So., Grand Rapids, Minn.) was the third Gustie to finish in the top 40. Gustafson finished 40th after crossing the line in 29:24.5.
For the women, Erica Hett (Sr., Burnsville, Minn.) led the way in the 5 km race with an 18th-place finish in a time of 15:56.9. Marian Lund (Jr., Duluth, Minn.) was the second Gustie to cross the line. Lund finished 23rd in a time of 16:08.4. The third Gustavus skiier to finish in the top 40 was Mata Agre (Fy., Corcoran, Minn.). The first-year finished in 37th with a time of 17:10.7 to round out the Gustavus top three.
“Overall, today went okay,” said head coach Jed Friedrich. ”I don’t think we had our best performance, but we showed good effort on the course today. Both the skiers and myself are excited for the Freestyle race tomorrow, as it has commonly been our stronger technique. It should be a lot of fun.”
Both the men’s and the women’s nordic skiing teams will be back on the course tomorrow in the Freestyle technique race of the CCSA Championships.