Nov. 30, 2009
The Nordic squad spent the Thanksgiving break doing some training in Montana at the West Yellowstone Super Tour.
"The best Nordic skiers from the United States and Canada, compete in these races every year," said Lobo head ski coach Fredrik Landstedt. "The U.S. and Canadian national teams and many top colleges are represented in the field. Most skiers have been here for a week preparing. I think we did well after arriving on Thursday after a 16-hour drive."
On Friday, Nov. 27, the Lobos participated in the men's 15K freestyle and the 10K women's freestyle. Senior Polina Ermoshina put in a strong performance for the women, the second fastest collegiate skier and only one-minute behind the overall leaders. Sophomore Ingrid Leask skied well in her first hard skate race of the season.
For the men, junior Simon Reissmann finished fourth among the collegiate skiers and seven seconds behind the 2009 NCAA freestyle champion. Senior Tor-Hakon Hellebostad placed 11th and junior Martin Kaas placed 20th among collegiate skiers. Both racers spent the day concentrating on good technique.
Saturday saw the team competing in the classical races. Ermoshina put in another strong performance, placing 11th overall and second among collegiate racers in the women's 5K classical. The Moscow, Russia native had the fastest time among all racers for the last 1.5 kilometers of the course. Leask bettered her standing in the race, passing many collegiate racers that she was behind last season.
Reissmann and Kaas placed 10th and 14th among the collegiate racers in the men's 10K classical race. The tough course held a faster pace for training. Hellebostad missed the race due to illness.
The Nordic squad will continue to train in Montana, while the Alpine squad will compete in training races this week in Colorado.