Green Bay Nordic Skiers Finish Strong at CCSA Championships

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Release: February 12, 2012
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Matt Nichols was a member of Green Bay's ninth-place relay team on Sunday at the CCSA Championships.

By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

HOUGHTON, Mich. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men's and women's Nordic skiing squads wrapped up a solid weekend at the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) Championships on Sunday at the Michigan Tech Trails in Houghton, Mich. The Phoenix men finished in fifth place at the annual conference meet, while the women's squad placed seventh.

In a change of format from last year's conference championships, this year's crowns were decided by taking the team scores from three events: the classic sprint from the Hilltop Invitational on Jan. 15, Saturday's distance classic races and Sunday's relays at the Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center.

The Phoenix men's A-squad turned in Green Bay's top performance on Sunday, earning a ninth-place finish in the 3 x 5K freestyle relay race. The trio of Anders Nyquist (Kenai, Alaska), Matt Nistler (Bemidji, Minn.) and Matt Nichols (Wausau, Wis.) combined to finish in 40:21.4, with Nistler posting the team's fastest time of 12:42.6 in the race's second leg.

In the women's 3 x 5K relay, the Green Bay team of Hanne Guthrie (Chanhassen, Minn.), Joelle Wightman (West Allis, Wis.) and Krista White (Waukesha, Wis.) raced to a 10th-place finish in 49:38.6. Wightman posted the A-team's fastest time in the second leg, cruising the 5K course in 15:54.3.

On Saturday the Phoenix skiers faced challenging course conditions, which included heavy snow and high winds during the classical races.

Pacing the Green Bay men in the 20K event was sophomore Eddie Gurney (Brookfield, Wis.), who placed 13th with a time of 1:05:46.9. Nichols was close behind in 17th (1:06:02.8), while Nistler placed 22nd (1:07:43.1) in the field of nearly 50 competitors.

Guthrie led the Phoenix women on Saturday, finishing the 15K classic competition in 1:02:10.4, good for 28th place. Freshman Kaila Carpenter (Duluth, Minn.) was the next Green Bay skier to cross the line, placing 34th in 1:05:37.8.

In the first of the three CCSA Championship events - the classic sprints at the Hilltop Invite on Jan. 15 in Coleraine, Minn. - Guthrie once again led the Phoenix women by placing 21st (4:35.1) in the 1.4K race. Nistler and Nichols paced the Green Bay men last month, finishing 28th (3:51.8) and 29th (3:52.1), respectively.

Alaska Fairbanks accumulated the most points in the men's competition, winning the CCSA title with a score of 248. Northern Michigan prevailed on the women's side, totaling 250 points.

For complete individual and team results from the 2012 CCSA Championships, click here.

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INSIDE NORDIC SKIING
SCHEDULE
Schedule Sponsor
Saturday , December 13
Nordic Skiing 
at Northern Michigan University Early Season
TBA
Marquette, MI
 
Sunday , January 04
Nordic Skiing 
at U.S. Nationals
TBA
Houghton, MI
 
Saturday , January 17
Nordic Skiing 
at Telemark Super Tour JOQ/NCAAQ
TBA
Hayward, WI
 
Saturday , January 24
Nordic Skiing 
at St. Paul Battle Creek Super Tour JOQ/NCAAQ
TBA
St. Paul, MN
 
Saturday , February 07
Nordic Skiing 
at CCSA Championships Sprint and Relay
TBA
Duluth, MN
 
Saturday , February 28
Nordic Skiing 
at NCAA Central Regional Championships
TBA
Al Quaal, Northern Michigan
 
Wednesday, March 11
Nordic Skiing 
at NCAA Skiing Championships
TBA
Lake Placid, NY, St. Lawrence
 
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