Nordic women finish second at USCSA Nationals

Brent Hollerud
March 18, 2014

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - The St. Olaf women's nordic ski team left Whiteface Mountain last week with a runner-up performance in the overall team competition and a trio of skiers in the top-15 in the individual competition.

A pair of second-place finishes in the 8.5K freestyle and the team relay, along with a third-place performance in the 15K classic was good to place the Oles in second out of eight teams, only trailing Wyoming.

In the individual competition Kelsey Cork, Shelby Ahrendt and Gretchen Mueller finished 8th, 9th and 12th respectively in the 41-skier field. The trio were each recognized as All-American Second-Team.

Ahrendt's best showing was a fourth place finish in the sprint, while Cork had a pair of top-ten placings in the freestyle (6th) and the classic (8th).

A week after finishing seventh in the NCAA Championship and earning Second-Team All American honors in the process, Paige Schember began her USCSA's similarly strong by winning both the freestyle (26:29.51) and the sprint. However Schember did not ski in the classic and as a result did not place in the final standings.

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