Gustavus Adolphus Junior Jens Brabbit (Winona, Minn./Cotter) has qualified to participate in the 2010 National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Skiing Championships. The Championships will be held March 10-13 at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and Howelsen Hill Ski Area in Steamboat Springs, Colo. The University of Colorado will host the 2010 NCAA Championships.
Jens Brabbit is one of only seven male nordic skiers from Division III schools to qualify for the NCAA Skiing Championships. He is only the 5th athlete from Gustavus to qualify for the NCAA Championships, as he enters the event the fourth ranked skier in the Central Region. He scored an average of 137.03 in the classic, 124.57 in the freestyle, and an overall average of 130.80 in both freestyle and classic races.
Jens will compete against a field of 39 nordic skiers from three regions across the country. From the Central Region, eight athletes will be taking part in the event. Three from Northern Michigan University, two from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and one skier from UW-Green Bay, Michigan Tech University, and Gustavus Adolphus College.
Jens has been bestowed All-Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) First Team honors, as well as making the All-Region team for both the classic and freestyle races this season. Brabbit was the only skier from a Division III school to be named first or second team All-CCSA.
Nordic events will begin on March 11 and 13 at the Howlsen Hill. The men’s 10 km classic race will be conducted on March 11, and the men’s 20 km freestyle race will be held on March 13.