Freshman Ajax Set to Compete at Junior Nationals
The meet features the highest level of competition in the United States for junior skiing athletes ranging from ages 14-19. Ajax qualified for the meet at the NCAA Central Regional Championships in Ishpeming, Mich. last weekend.
“For a freshman in college that can be a lot to handle on top of the stresses of studies and classes,” said assistant coach Tim Cook. “Jake has had a great freshman season for the Phoenix and has been a point scorer in the majority of our races. For a true freshman to come in and do that is not unheard of, but quite the accomplishment.”
Ajax pre-qualified for the competition by placing top five among juniors on the CCSA ranking list or regional NCAA qualifying ranking list. He is ranked as the 31st fastest collegiate skier in the CCSA region and third on the junior list. Fellow Green Bay freshman Maddie McKeefry (Andover, Minn.) just missed pre-qualifying for the women’s competition this year. Both Phoenix freshmen have another year as under-20 juniors in 2016.
Auburn Ski Club Training Center, where this year’s competition is being held, is at an elevation of 7,100 feet.
“Our expectations for Ajax are that he gains another year of championship racing experience, altitude racing experience and a top 20 would be a success,” said Cook. “Those experiences will ready him for another year of collegiate racing, Junior Nationals next year and qualifying and competing well at NCAA’s in the future.”
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