Men’s And Women’s Nordic Skiing Teams Compete In Part One Of Two-Weekend CCSA Championships

Posted on February 3rd, 2013 by

Marian Lund finished 16th and advanced in the sprint heats to lead the women.

Marian Lund finished 16th and advanced in the sprint heats to lead the women.

Marquette, Mich. – The Gustavus Adolphus men’s and women’s nordic skiing teams competed in the first part of the two-weekend CCSA Championships on Saturday afternoon.  Saturday’s races featured a sprint format in the freestyle technique.  Both the men’s and the women’s races measured a 1.6 km course.  The two teams will compete again tomorrow in a three-skiier relay.

On the women’s side, Marian Lund (Jr., Duluth, Minn.) led the way with a 16th place finish.  The junior crossed the line in 4:28.8 and advanced in the sprint heats by finishing in the top 18.  Erica Hett (Sr., Burnsville, Minn.) followed Lund with a 22nd place finish in 4:31.5 and Mata Agre (Fy., Corcoran, Minn.) skied to a 29th place mark in a time of 4:44.5.

For the men, Josh Blankenship (So., Maple Grove, Minn.) finished 21st to lead the way for the Gusties.  Blankenship crossed the line with a final time of 3:48.2.  He was followed by Scott Williams (So., Maple Grove, Minn.), who was the only other Gustie to finish in the top 30.  Williams crossed the line in 3:52.4 for 28th place.

“Our skiers put forth a strong effort today,” mentioned head coach Jed Friedrich.  “We just don’t have a lot of experience in sprint racing because we only race one sprint in a given year.  We mostly prepare for distance races, but this weekend is still a nice break from our usual race schedule.  I think everyone is looking forward to the relays tomorrow to pull out some good races.”

Women’s Sprint Results

Men’s Sprint Results


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