The Gustavus men’s Nordic ski team closed out its 2006 season with a sixth-place team finish at the Central Collegiate Ski Association Regional Championships last weekend (Feb. 17-18) hosted by Michigan Tech University in Houghton, Mich. The Gusties (79 points overall) finished sixth in both the classic (41 points) and freestyle (38 points) disciplines.
In Saturday’s classic race, Andy Rishavy (Sr., Alexandria, Minn.) led Gustavus, finishing the 10-kilometer race in 34:21.7 to finish 13th. Erich Ziegler (Sr., Crystal Falls, Mich.) finished 14th, five seconds behind Rishavy. Scott Kyser (Jr., St. Paul, Minn.) was the third Gustie across the line, finishing 34th in a time of 37:34.9. Justin Young (Fr., Roseville, Minn.) added a 35th-place finish (37:48.6), while Elias Anoszko (Fr., Dousman, Wis.) rounded out the Gustavus contingent in 39th place (38:39.0).
Ziegler posted the best Gustavus finish in Sunday’s 15K freestyle race, placing 15th in a time of 44:17.8, while Rishavy finished 24th with a 45:35.3 clocking. Kyser finished in 34th place (48:21.6), followed by Young (38th, 50:38.4) and Anoszko (39th, 50:44.2).
Ziegler ended the season in 11th place on the final CCSA 2006 CFIS Points List, which is used by the CCSA to determine the region’s representatives at the 2006 NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships. The top six skiers on the list qualify for nationals next month in Steamboat Springs, Colo.