Green Bay Nordic Skiing Competes at NCAA Regional
The men’s team was paced by sophomore Kyle Marshall (Roseville, Minn.), who recorded top 20 finishes in both of his races. Marshall placed 17th in the men’s freestyle 10K and 18th in the men’s classic 20K.
“Again limited by sickness through the fall and winter, Kyle had some very impressive results with a few top ten’s in the region,” said assistant coach Tim Cook. “This was another great performance.”
Senior Kailey Mucha (Soldotna, Alaska) recorded the best finishes for the Green Bay women’s squad. Mucha placed 21st in the freestyle 5K, and led a pack of Phoenix skiers who finished within less than a minute of each other in the classic 15K. Mucha finished in 25th with a time of 50:23.3 in the 15K, true freshman Maddie McKeefry (Andover, Minn.) followed close behind, finishing 27th with a time of 50:42.4, and redshirt sophomore Bree Mucha (Soldotna, Alaska) claimed the next spot at 28th with a time of 51:00.9. The women’s team placed fifth overall out of eight teams competing.
“With four seniors departing the women’s team, we will be in a bit of a rebuilding year next year,” said Cook. “However three athletes will be returning from their redshirt year, and we have some very dedicated women looking to improve.”
The men’s squad also saw continued improvement from true freshman Jake Ajax (Minneapolis, Minn.), who was the team’s second-leading point scorer on the weekend behind Marshall. Ajax tallied a 24th place finish in the classic 20K and a 29th place finish in the freestyle 10K. The Phoenix freshman will continue competition, as he qualified for the Junior U.S. Nationals in Truckee, Calif. next week.
“Jake is another very bright spot for the team this year,” said Cook. “Just as Maddie jumped right in for the women, Jake helped the men on the spot.”
With Green Bay’s season coming to an end, head coach Steve Teclaw says the Phoenix has much to look forward to.
“We have a lot of precision growth required to pick off more of our athletic goals,” said Teclaw. “Our returning athletes and our incoming freshmen class are both equally important in that equation with a growing and post-transitional program.”
“We were not without achievement,” Teclaw added. “Our mens’ team earned a collective average of over 3.5 GPA for the fall semester. Nine athletes were named to the collegiate all-academic ski team, 16 were recognized by the department for their academic achievements and we grabbed a few top 10 individual finishes, and a women’s team 3rd place relay and 3rd place all-conference. I’m very proud of all those accomplishments and happy that the work paid off.”
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