Last week some of the team participated in the US National Championships in Houghton, MI. Aside from braving some of the fiercest winter weather seen in a long time (examples include 8 inches of new snow over a 4 hour period during a sprint race, -35F wind chills, whiteouts, canceled flights, etc) we also hard some really, really good results![caption id="attachment_4541" align="alignnone" width="225"] Heather striding towards in the finish in the 20K classic mass start[/caption]
Heather was 6th in the classic sprint and 10th in the 20K classic – good enough to qualify her for the U-23 World Championships. She has chosen to decline the invitation as she’d prefer to spend her senior year focusing on the college season and NCAA’s.[caption id="attachment_4536" align="alignnone" width="225"] Evan – aka “Big E” – in the sprint prelim[/caption]
Evan Weinman, one of our many talented first-years, was the top-ranked junior in the classic sprint (in 19th) and had a solid distance classic race as well, despite getting tangled up with a fellow racer. He qualified for the World Junior Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in early February. He will be making the trip, and we’re excited to get some reports from his time there![caption id="attachment_4542" align="alignnone" width="225"] Adam (on the right) battling a group of guys to the finish in the 10K classic mass start junior race[/caption]
Adam Luban – the lone sophomore on the trip – had a breakout week as well. He qualified 7th in the junior men’s classic sprint and finished 6th in the junior men’s 10K classic mass start. More impressive, he was fighting for second in the race before a little trip in the last few meters relegated him to 6th.
First-years Katie Feleman and Jacob Volz were also in Houghton. While neither had quite the week they were hoping for results-wise, they gained some valuable experience and will be ready to head into the carnival season at full steam!
This weekend we’ll head to the Bates Carnival, where the nordic team will compete at the venerable Black Mountain of Maine. We are excited to get the carnival season underway!