On Saturday, Saints freshman, Sharmila Ahmed, posted a strong finish in the Central Collegiate Ski Association 15km mass start classic, crossing the finish line in 59:44.6, for 14th place. Saints junior, Sarah Allen had her best CCSA performance as a Saint, finishing in 27th in a time of 1:01:56.8. Saints sophomore, Brooke Adams, rounded out the Saints scoring in 29th in 1:02:19.8. The Saints finished 6th on the day with NMU winning, Alaska Fairbanks second, and Michigan Tech third.
Saints freshman, Paul Schommer, notched his third straight top 10 finish in Central Collegiate Ski Association competition, crossing the finish line in 1:05:00.9, in the 20km mass start classic. Hecker spent the first half of the race trying to get going, outside the top twenty, but charged into 14th by the finish, in a time of 1:05:51.1. Saints freshman, Joe Dubay came in 20th in a time of 1:07:23.3, to round out the Saints scoring, to take third as a team.
Alaska won the team race with Northern Michigan second.
On Sunday, with a spectacular charge through the field, the Saints women (Adams, Ahmed, and Magnuson) scored a 4th place finish in the 3 x 5km freestyle relay. The Saints’ relay performance was not unexpected by Saints head coach, Chad Salmela. “I had a hunch that after Saturday’s tough race that several of our skiers would shake out the last two weeks of no racing and really rock this race. The relay is so fun, because the group effort becomes the focus, and we really raced like a team today.”
The Saints Men’s Ski Team finished fourth, third among scoring teams, in the freestyle relay to secure an historic third-place finish in the 2012 CCSA Conference Championships. “It was such an exciting race,” said Salmela. “The guys (Schommer, Johanik, and Hecker), and just skied brilliantly.”