Tech skiers take third at regional

HOUGHTON – Three Michigan Tech skiers earned all-region honors in the freestyle races at the NCAA Central Regional Championships Sunday. Overall the Huskies had 10 student-athletes finish in the top 20.

Lynn Duijndam posted the top finish for the Huskies with a fifth-place finish in the women’s five-kilometer freestyle in 31 minutes, 27 seconds. Sarah Daniels earned her second all-region honor with a 10th place finish in 31:42.

Deedra Irwin finished 15th (32:42), and Rachel Mason was 18th (32:59).

On the men’s side, Matt Dugan earned all-region accolades with a 10th place finish in the 15-kilometer freestyle race (41:14). He was followed by Kyle Hanson (41:16) and Matt Wong (41:18).

Raphael Bechtiger finished 17th (41:40), and Luke Gesior was 20th (42:09).

The women’s team was third and the men finished fourth over the two-day competition. The Huskies finished third in the combined standings.

“Today was a great day to be a Husky,” said Tech coach Joe Haggenmiller. “We had a number of great performances from both our men and women. It was a good way to end the season.”

Tech did not have anyone qualify for the NCAA National Championships but will have several student-athletes compete in other races before the season ends.

Saturday, Tech had three women earn All-Region honors in the five-kilometer classic race.

Irwin led the women’s team with a fifth-place finish in 18:00. Mason finished ninth (18:26) and Daniels was 10th one second back. Lynn Duijndam finished 15th (19:00).

“I am so proud of the way our women raced today to earn all-region honors,” said Haggenmiller.

Bechtiger was the top finisher in the men’s 10-kilometer classic race finishing 15th (32:30). Wong finished 16th (32:36) and Dugan was 19th (33:06).

The Huskies had three other top 25 finishes, Gesior 22nd (33:32), Sam Holmes 23rd (33:42) and Jay Woodbeck 24th (33:56).

“The men’s competition is very strong, and I was proud of the performances of our men,” said Haggenmiller.