By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
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
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),
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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