By Kurtis Gosney, Extreme Alaska
February 27, 2013
The Alaska men’s ski team came in second place this past weekend at the NCAA Central Region championships in Houghton, Michigan. The championships were held on Saturday and Sunday.
The first event was a 10-kilometer race that took place Saturday morning on the Nordic trails of Michigan Tech University. Freshman Michael Fehrenbach finished in first place to get the gold medal and sophomore Logan Hanneman finished second, receiving the silver medal for the Nanooks. Erik Soderman of Northern Michigan came in third.
The Nanooks had two other skiers finish in the top ten as senior Lex Treinen finished in sixth place and sophomore Jonas Löffler finished in ninth place. Meanwhile, senior Tyler Kornfield finished in the 11th spot for the Nanooks while junior Max Olex finished in 14th place.
Since three UAF skiers finished in the top six on Saturday, the Nanooks had the top spot in the championship standings going into Sunday.
Sunday’s race would feature a 15-meter freestyle mass start that also took place on the Nordic trails of Michigan Tech University. Treinen was the most successful skier for the Nanooks, finishing in second place. Junior George Cartwright of the Northern Michigan Wildcats came in first to give his team the championship. College of St. Scholastica got third place in the championships.
The Nanooks had three other skiers finish in the top ten as Fehrenbach finished in sixth place and Hanneman came in eighth place. Other UAF competitors were Löffler who came in ninth place, Olex coming in 15th place, and Kornfield who finished in 22nd place.
“We came up a little bit short,” said head coach Scott Jerome after the race. “We skied well, we skied our best, but Northern was just better and it just came down to that.”
The Alaska Nanooks completed a team for the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships after an announcement Monday evening that three of the men officially qualified. The three men are Fehrenbach, Hanneman, and Löffler.
The national competition will be held at the Rikert Nordic Center in Middlebury, Vermont March 6-9.