Phoenix Skiers Compete at NCAA Central Regionals
HOUGHTON, Mich. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men's and women's Nordic skiing teams competed at the NCAA Central Region Championships on Saturday at the Michigan Tech Ski Trails in Houghton, Mich. Phoenix senior Carolyn Freeman (Ely, Minn.) had another impressive outing, cruising to a first-place finish in the women's classical event and a third-place finish in the freestyle race.
After poor weather conditions postponed Friday's races, the Phoenix skiers were forced to compete twice on Saturday. Despite the tough circumstances, Freeman was still able to turn in a pair of remarkable races just a few hours apart.
The Green Bay standout finished 24 seconds ahead of second place in the 10K classic event, crossing the line in 32:59.3 for her seventh individual win of the year. Earlier in the day Freeman finished the 5K freestyle race in 14:57.7, which was good for third.
Freshman Kailey Mucha (Soldotna, Alaska) was Green Bay's second finisher in both races on Saturday. In the freestyle, the newcomer placed 29th in 16:32.0 and then finished 20th in the classic with a time of 35:50.6.
Senior Nick Maki (Aurora, Minn.) was Green Bay's top finisher on the men's side in the 10K freestyle event, finishing in 26th place (28:25.1). Fellow senior Kyle Fredrickson (Hayward, Wis.) led the Phoenix in the 10K classic race, placing 28th with a time of 30:54.7.
The Green Bay Nordic skiers must now await the final tally of points to find out who qualifies for a trip to the NCAA Championships, held March 9-11 in Stowe, Vt.