Four Colby Nordic skiers all in top 20, ski program 10th in the country

JACKSON, N.H. -- The Colby College Nordic ski team had all four skiers in the top 20 on the final day of the NCAA Division I Skiing Championships at the Jackson Touring Center on Saturday.

Colby's entire ski program (alpine and Nordic combined) finished 10th in the country and were just 3.5 points out of nine place. The Mules were the top Division III team in the country.
 

Mule sophomore Zane Fields went from finishing 35th at last year's 20-kilometer freestyle mass start to take 13th place this year. He got off to a nice opening lap of four to stay in the top 15 the entire way. Fields had a time of 47:17.6 and finished just behind Jordan Fields (Zane's brother) of Williams College.

"Zane's a better skater and last year the long distance was classic, but it's still an impressive result," Colby head coach Tracey Cote said. "Zane's finish is the best male NCAA result we have ever had and Silas (Eastman) tied our previous best result." 
 

Eastman and Olivia Amber (pictured) both placed 18th in their respective races, while Amy Bianco was right with Amber at the line in 19th place in the women's race. Eastman clocked a time of 48:00.9 in his final collegiate race and combined with Fields to score 32 points on a day when the high temperature was one degree.

"I am so proud of this entire team and of these four skiers today. They weren't intimidated by anyone and skied their hearts out," Cote said. "It's a great way to send off three amazing seniors. Amy, Olivia, and Silas have forever made a significant mark in our program and Colby athletics. We had so much Colby alumni support on the coldest day of the year, huge thanks to all of them. The course was a sea of blue."
 

Amber, an All-American a year ago, had a finish of 41:47.1 over the 15K course. Bianco and Amber raced near each other the entire way, with Bianco finishing in 41:47.2.

"Amy and Olivia were great, it was a fitting end for them in a photo finish," Cote said.
 

NCAA Division I Skiing Championships

Final team totals (alpine and Nordic combined)

1. University of Utah, 541.5

2. University of Colorado, 525.0

3. Denver University, 524.0

4. Dartmouth College, 400.0

5. University of Vermont, 355.0

6. Montana State University, 320.0

7. University of New Mexico, 188.5

8. Northern Michigan University, 182.0

9. University of New Hampshire, 146.0

10. Colby College, 142.5

11. University of Alaska-Anchorage, 125.0

12. Williams College 107.5

13. University of Alaska-Fairbanks, 104.0

14. Middlebury College, 94.0

15. St. Michael's College, 56.0

16. Plymouth State University, 49.0

17. Bates College, 29.0

18. Michigan Tech University, 28.0

19. College of Saint Scholastica, 24.0

20. Bowdoin College, 21.0

21. Colby-Sawyer College, 15.0

 

Men's 20K freestyle mass start results

1. Martin Bergstroem, University of Utah, 46:02.8

2. Mads Ek Stroem, Colorado University, 46:03.3

3. Moritz Madlener, Denver University, 46:03.4

4. Petter Reistad, Colorado University, 46:04.0

5. Fabian Stocek, Dartmouth, 46:04.7

6. Adam Martin, Northern Michigan University, 46:21.5

7. Dag Frode Mikkelsen, Denver University, 46:46.7

8. Martin Mikkelsen, University of Utah, 46:51.2

9. Luke Brown, Dartmouth, 46:51.8

10. Kevin Bolger, University of Utah, 46:52.9

11. Lars Hannah, Denver University, 46:56.7

12. Jordan Fields, Williams College, 47:14.3

13. Zane Fields, Colby College, 47:17.6

14. Thomas Bye, Michigan Tech University, 47:48.1

15. Eli Hoenig, Williams College, 47:54.1

16. Callan Deline, Dartmouth, 47:58.5

17. Arnaud Guyon, University of New Mexico, 47:59.9

18. Silas Eastman, Colby College, 48:00.9

19. Juri Miosga, University of Vermont, 48:03.4

20. Michael Fehrenbach, U. Alaska-Fairbanks, 48:08.1

21. Braden Becker, Williams College, 48:14.3

22. Peter Holmes, University of New Hampshire, 48:16.5

23. Max Donaldson, U. Alaska-Fairbanks, 48:23.6

24. Reitler Hodgert, College of Saint Scholastica, 48:27.6

25. Cully Brown, University of Vermont, 48:28.7

26. Lewis Nottonson, Middlebury, 48:29.5

27. Jan Cech, U. Alaska-Fairbanks, 48:30.2

28. Jackson Hill, Colorado University, 48:37.7

29. Aljaz Praznik, University of New Mexico, 48:41.5

30. Petteri Vaherkoski, University of New Mexico, 48:45.2

31. Gaspard Cuenot, Michigan Tech University, 48:56.4

32. Toomas Kollo, U. Alaska-Anchorage, 48:57.1

33. Ian Moore, University of Vermont, 49:40.6

34. Karsten Hokanson, Montana State, 49:58.7

35. Pietro Mosconi, U. Alaska-Anchorage, 50:03.5

36. Noah Andersen, Montana State, 50:20.6

37. Zak Ketterson, Northern Michigan University, 50:32.9

38. Zackarias Toresson, U. Alaska-Anchorage, 50:37.5

39. Tomi Mikkonen, Michigan Tech University, 52:12.9

DNF: Fredrik Schwencke, Northern Michigan University

 

Women's 15K freestyle mass start results

1. Petra Hyncicova, Colorado University, 39:21.6

2. Alayna Sonnesyn, University of Vermont, 39:42.7

3. Christina Rolandsen, Colorado University, 40:00.5

4. Anika Miller, Montana State, 40:05.6

5. Merete Myrseth, University of Utah, 40:23.1

6. Guro Jordheim, University of Utah, 40:37.7

7. Johanna Talihaerm, Montana State, 40:39.2

8. Sarissa Lammers, U. Alaska-Fairbanks, 40:46.5

9. Elizabeth Gill, University of New Hampshire, 40:48.6

10. Hannah Miller, Bowdoin, 40:50.5

11. Sylvia Nordskar, Denver University, 40:52.2

12. Nichole Bathe, U. Alaska-Fairbanks, 40:52.3

13. Kristen Bourne, Northern Michigan University, 40:52.9

14. Natalia Mueller, University of Utah, 40:53.7

15. Krista Niiranen, University of New Mexico, 41:33.0

16. Jana Klaiber, University of Vermont, 41:38.1

17. Hailey Swirbul, U. Alaska-Anchorage, 41:46.9

18. Olivia Amber, Colby College, 41:47.1

19. Amy Bianco, Colby College, 41:47.2

20. Abigail Drach, Dartmouth, 41:51.5

21. Lauren Jortberg, Dartmouth, 41:52.2

22. Vivian Hett, Northern Michigan University, 41:55.2

23. Nicole Schneider, Northern Michigan University, 42:07.3

24. Silje Wilson, University of New Hampshire, 42:16.3

25. Iris Pessey, University of Vermont, 42:23.4

26. Kelsey Dickinson, College of Saint Scholastica, 42:27.8

27. Taeler McCrerey, Denver University, 42:41.9

28. Jess Knori, Colorado University, 42:57.4

29. Linn Eriksen, Denver University, 43:04.8

30. Casey Wright, U. Alaska-Anchorage, 43:06.4

31. Kathleen O'Connell, Montana State, 43:13.1

32. Katrin Larusson, University of New Hampshire, 43:27.7

33. Natalie Hynes, U. Alaska-Anchorage, 43:53.1

34. Ann-cathrin Uhl, U. Alaska-Fairbanks, 43:58.2

35. Sonja Hedblom, Michigan Tech University, 44:21.2

36. Sadie James, Bates, 44:38.2

37. Brenna Egan, University of New Mexico, 45:32.0

38. Carolyn Lucca, Michigan Tech University, 47:06.8

DNF: Kati Roivas, University of New Mexico

DNS: Lydia Blanchet, Dartmouth

 
Men's relay team fourth
February 10, 2017 Men's relay team fourth