MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Michigan Tech Nordic ski team opened the season at the NMU Open at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Marquette, Michigan. The Huskies performed well across the two-day event, seeing a number of skiers with high finishes.
"We had a solid start to the official race season with the NMU Open," said head coach Thomas Smith. "There were a lot of highlights and positives from today's race, and we'll need to carry this momentum into the rest of the season."
The Michigan Tech men's team placed two skiers inside the top five and an additional five inside the top 15 of Saturday's freestyle race. Senior Gaspard Cuenot finished second with a time of 25:09.3, and sophomore Patrick Acton took fifth with a time of 26:00.7. Also performing well in the Freestyle was sophomore Reid Goble (9th, 26:50.2), junior David Jasczak (10th, 26:57.4), freshman Kristoffer Volsett (11th, 27:04.8), sophomore Mark Ousdigian (13th, 27:24.1), sophomore and Somerset Schrock (14th, 27:30.5).
In Sunday's 15k classic race, Volsett (6th, 43:37.4), Gaspard (7th, 43:51.9), and Goble (9th, 44:16.3) all raced well for the Huskies as they finished inside the top 10. Senior Thomas Bye put in a solid performance on the course, crossing the finish line with a time of 45:31.0 to come in 13th, as did Schrock with a 15th-place finish in 45:52.6.
For the MTU women, junior Sarah Goble came in first place in Saturday's when she crossed the line at 14:35.4, 7.3 seconds ahead of Northern Michigan's Nicole Schneider. Freshman Amanda Kautzer finished sixth in her first collegiate race with a time of 15:05.7, and senior Erin Lipp placed 10th with a time of 15:56.1 to make it three Huskies inside the top 10. Freshmen Mary Lyon (12th, 16:30.5) and Oda Hovland (16th, 17:39.3) also performed well in their first collegiate Nordic ski races.
On Sunday, Goble once again took first, this time in the 10k Classic as she finished with a time of 33:16.5. Kautzer joined Goble inside the top five with a fifth-place finish at 33:58.4. Lipp (11th, 36:34.6), Lyon (13th, 37:26.1) and Hovland (14th, 37:28.1) also raced and finished strong for the Black and Gold.
The Huskies continue the start to their season next Saturday (Dec. 15) and Sunday (Dec. 16) at the Michigan Tech Trails for the MTU CXC Cup.
"We're really looking forward to hosting this even on our home trails," Smith said. "It'll be great to have alumni and friends of the program and the Houghton ski community in attendance this coming weekend."
The men will race first at 9:30 a.m. followed by the women at 11 a.m., on Saturday, while it will be flipped for Sunday's race with the women going first at 9 a.m. and the men racing at 11 a.m.