The Gustavus Adolphus men’s nordic ski team ended its season with a a fourth place finish in the NCAA Central Regional Championships. The championships were held Saturday and Sunday at Michigan Tech University in Houghton, Michigan. Alaska Fairbanks won the regional with 167 points, Northern Michigan finished in second place with 161 points, Wisconsin-Green Bay finished in third place with 122 points, and Gustavus finished in fourth place with 109 points.
Nate Porath led the Gusties on Saturday in the 10k freestyle race finishing in 10th place with a time of 26:45.5. Erich Ziegler finished in 17th place with a time of 27:23.3. Gustavus tallied 53 points on Saturday to secure the fourth place spot going into Sunday’s classical race. Alaska Fairbanks was in first place after the first day of competition (84), Northern Michigan was in second place (79), Wisconsin-Green Bay was in third (59), and St. Olaf was in fifth place (51).
Erich Ziegler led the Gusties on Sunday in the 20k classical race finishing in 13th place with a time of 1:02:33.8. Andy Rishavy finished in 16th place with a time of 1:03.24.6, Nate Porath finished in 17th place with a time of 1:03.3.1, and Chuck Anderson finished in 18th place with a time of 1:04.00.8. The Gusties recorded 56 points on Sunday to finish in fourth place in the classical race. Alaska Fairbanks finished in first place (83), Northern Michigan was in second place (82), Wisconsin-Green Bay finished in third place (63), and St. Olaf finished in fifth place (42).