Matt Nichols Ends Ski Career at 2016 NCAA Championships
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Senior Matt Nichols strapped into his skis at the pinnacle of competition on Thursday and Saturday, as he competed in the final weekend of his collegiate career as a member of the Green Bay Nordic Ski team at the 2016 NCAA Skiing Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
The Wausau, Wis., native made his debut in the elite 10K freestyle race on Thursday, finishing in 35th position with a time of 24:27.5, clocking in faster than five skiers from the University of New Mexico, Alaska Fairbanks, New Hampshire and Michigan Tech. Nichols' second of two laps around the course was timed as the 26th-best among all 40 participants.
The 10K distance was the first of two events Nichols participated in at Howelsen Hill, the selected NCAA site hosted by the University of Colorado. In his final race as a Phoenix– the 20K classic mass start on Saturday– he clocked in at 54:58.5, good enough for 34th overall.
The senior ends his career becoming the first Green Bay team member to qualify for NCAA's since Carolyn Freeman in 2011.
For full results and team scores, click here.
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