Skiers Battle Wet Conditions in Duluth
DULUTH, Minn. - The Michigan Tech Nordic ski teams battled tough rainy conditions Saturday at the St. Scholastica Christmas Classic Saturday (Dec. 15).
"The rain was such a factor for today's races that it was pretty hard for our student-athletes just to finish," said head coach Joe Haggenmiller.
The men's squad had six skiers finish in the top-20. Matt Dugan led the team in the 10-kilometer freestyle race finishing eighth in 35:37.
Kyle Hanson was 12th (36:09), followed by Matt Wong in 13th (36:11) and Raphael Bechtiger in 14th (36:23). Thomas Kendrick finished 19th (37:37), and David Joda was 20th (37:47).
The men finished third behind Northern Michigan and St. Scholastica.
Lynn Duijndam was the top finisher in the women's 10-kilometer freestyle placing sixth (42:29). Rachel Mason was the only other finisher for the Huskies in 12th (45:14).
The Huskies finished third behind Northern Michigan and St. Scholastica.
The classic races scheduled for Sunday (Dec. 16) were cancelled due to poor conditions.
Tech will race next at the US National Championships January 2-8.