ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Michigan Tech Huskies Nordic Ski Team rounded out the competition at the U.S. Nationals in Kincaid Park with the classic 30K/20K/10K/5K ski events Sunday Jan. 7. Three Tech freshmen, Reid Goble 9th, Mitch DeLong 11th and Patrick Acton 17th, cracked the top 20 in the Junior Male 10K Classic Mass Start.
Freshman Reid Goble led the junior group in 9th place with a time of 28:04.0 in a field of 108 competitors. Mitch DeLong held strong in 11th place with a time of 28:174.8 followed by Patrick Acton in 17th place at a time of 28:23.0.
"These guys really had an amazing charge and laid it all out there today in an incredibly deep field," said head coach Tom Smith.
Tom Bye finished 27th in the 30K race setting the tone for fellow teammates Olav Vestol (40th, 1:31:35.1) and Daniel Wood (43rd, 1:33:59.3). Bye hit the line at an impressive 1:27:25.8 in a field of 48 athletes.
"He was the fifth U23 guy on the day, so that was another great qualifying result towards his bid to represent the U.S. U23 World Championships," said Smith.
"Sarah was the 11th U23 on the day and it was her first 20K ever," added Smith.
Bye and Olav Vestol will stick around Anchorage today, Jan. 8 to race in the classic sprint races to increase their opportunities for a bid to ski as part of the U.S. U23 World Championship Team.
"I think these guys gained a lot of experience," Smith said. "They came out and really showed that they wanted to race and compete. They represented the team well and showed that we are one hungry team that's on the up and up."
The Huskies will be back in action next week as they travel to Cable, Wis. to compete in the Birkie Jan. 20-21.