Freeman Leads Phoenix Skiers at Hilltop Invite
DULUTH, Minn. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men's and women's Nordic skiing teams competed at the St. Scholastica Hilltop Invitational over the weekend, held at the Marshall Nordic Ski Trails. The two-day event served as an NCAA qualifying meet for the Central Collegiate Ski Association.
The Phoenix women's squad finished the weekend with a second-place team finish in the nine-team field, totaling 119 points. Alaska Fairbanks won the women's meet, scoring 148 points. Alaska Fairbanks also took the team title on the men's side, while Green Bay's men placed fifth.
Phoenix senior Carolyn Freeman (Ely, Minn.) continued her successful 2010-11 campaign, winning the women's 5K freestyle race on Saturday. Freeman crossed the finish line in 17:32.5, which was 16 seconds faster than second place in a tough field of 68 competitors. It was her third individual race victory of the season.
"Carolyn continues to put up great race performances," Green Bay assistant coach Steven Teclaw said. "Her first-place finish was by an impressive margin given the competition she was facing. Carolyn is eager to continue racing and looks forward to benchmarking her talents against the entire CCSA field in her upcoming races."
Freeman turned around on Sunday to place third in the 5K classic event, finishing in 18:06.4. Her freshman teammate Kailey Mucha (Soldotna, Alaska) placed just one spot back, crossing the finish line in 18:13.2. Mucha finished ninth in Saturday's freestyle race (19:07.0).
Men's senior Nick Maki (Aurora, Minn.) turned in two of his best performances of the season over the weekend, earning a pair of top 25 finishes. Maki placed 11th on Saturday in the 10K freestyle race (32:04.8) before placing 25th on Sunday in the 10K classic event (33:54.0).
Sophomore Eddie Gurney (Brookfield, Wis.) was Green Bay's top men's finisher in Sunday's 10K classic race, finishing in 19th with a time of 33:38.7.The Phoenix men's and women's Nordic skiing teams will return to action on Saturday at the Central Super Tour races in Minneapolis.