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Tech skiers take third at regional

February 25, 2013
The Daily Mining Gazette

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).

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Rachel Mason of Michigan Tech skis during the classic race Saturday at the NCAA?Central Regional at the Tech Trails. (DMG photo by David Archambeau)

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.

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"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.



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