The Gustavus women’s nordic ski team took third place with 15 points at the Minnesota College Relays Sunday afternoon in Collegeville, Minn. The pair of Erica Hett and Erin Eppler led the team with a fifth place finish, crossing the finish line in 1:13.44. The University of Alaska-Fairbanks won the meet with 23 points. The College of St. Scholastica finished second with 16 ponts, as Saint Ben’s took fourth (13 pts), and St. Cloud State University and St. Olaf placed fifth (7 pts) and sixth (4 pts), respectively.
The race format was a 2 x 6km classic, followed by a 2 x 5.5km skate. Alaska Fairbanks’s Aurelia Korthauer and Anna Coulter won the meet with a time of 1:11.38, as teammates Julia Peirson and Elisabeth Angeles took second (1:13.16). Gustavus’s Danielle Burgmeier and Cassandra Brady finished behind Hett and Eppler in sixth place with a time of (1:18.37).
Meredith Bache-Wiig and Olivia Karns finished 16th (1:26.59), as Annika Ferber and Lauren Harden rounded out the Gustavus squad in 22nd (1:34.19).