The Michigan Tech men's and women's Nordic ski teams wrapped up competition at the US Nationals on Tuesday. The men competed in a 30-kilometer classic race, while the women skied in a 20K.
Sonja Hedblom took the lead for the women's team, placing 54th overall clocking in at a time of 1:15:07. Following Hedblom, were Carolyn Lucca (64th) and Ruth Oppliger (74th).
Head Coach Joe Haggenmiller said, "It was a very challenging day for the skiers, coaching staff and the organization. Tommy Mikkonen and Sonja Hedblom were our top skiers on the day and I think they both skied very well considering the conditions. Carolyn Lucca had a very respectable day. Both Carolyn and Sonja were very competitive, especially when looking at the college field."
The Huskies had two men finishers in the top 100. Tommy Mikkonen was Tech's best finisher for the men's team. Mikkonen turned in an overall time of 1:32:30, placing 55th overall. Daniel Wood ranked 85th overall.
In the 2017 College Cup of the U.S .Nationals, the Tech men took sixth overall with 261 total points, five points shy of fifth place. The women's team held the 14th spot in in the cup with a total of 119 points.
"It is exciting to see our men come in sixth as a team against all of the best college programs in the country," said Haggenmiller.
"This is a big accomplishment to begin our conference season. We were able to go to toe to toe with the strong Western programs and take some of them down. However, I don't think we were at our best this week, but we certainly have some positives to build on."
The Huskies will be back in action on January 21-22nd for the Telemark Central Super NCAA/JNQ Series in Cable, Wisconsin.
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