Women's nordic ski finish 5th in NCAA Central Region
February 17, 2014
HOUGHTON, Mich. - The St. Olaf women's nordic ski team finished 5th at the NCAA Central Region Championships this weekend at Michigan Tech.
Senior Paige Schember proved that she is one of the most consistent skiers in the region, finishing Saturday's 5K freestyle race in 5th place, 43 seconds behind race winner Nichole Bathe of Alaska-Fairbanks. Nora Gilbertson was the Oles' second skier, finishing in 25th, while Kelsey Cork posted one of her strongest classic results of the season, finishing in 42nd to complete the Oles' scoring team. Gretchen Mueller finished 45th and and Shelby Ahrendt was 47th.
In Sunday's 10K mass start freestyle race, Schember strengthened her bid for a berth at the NCAA National Championships, finishing at the 4th college skier and 5th overall, 48 seconds behind winner Rosie Frankowski of Northern Michigan. St. Olaf's second skier on the day was Gilbertson, finishing 35th, while Cork was 38th overall to complete the Oles' scoring team. Ahrendt and Mueller improved over Saturday's results, finishing 41st and 43rd respectively.
Schember awaits the official announcement of NCAA qualifiers next week, which will take place at the former Olympic venue of Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. Next weekend, many Ole skiers will compete at the American Birkebiner in Hayward, Wisconsin before looking ahead to the USCSA National Championships in Lake Placid, New York, March 11-15.