Men's Nordic Skiing Archives

Gusties Place Third at MIAC Championships: Best Finish in Program's History

(St. Cloud, Minn., February 16, 2003) - The Gustavus men's nordic skiing team placed third overall at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships. The championships were held on the Graystone Trails in St. Cloud on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16. St. John's won the team title.

The Gusties were tied for first place after Saturday's 10K freestyle race with St. John's and St. Olaf. All three teams had 33 points. That meant that the conference championship would be decided by which of the three schools placed first in Sunday's 15K classical competition. St. John's won the classical race with 38 points by placing three of their athletes in the top six. St. Olaf finished second with 31 and Gustavus came in third with 30, ahead of Macalester and St. Mary's.

Erich Ziegler (SO, Crystal Falls, MI) was the first Gustie to cross the finish line in both races. He finished second in the freestyle contest with a time of 29:25. Ziegler came in fourth overall in the classical competition with a time of 55:03. He was followed closely by teammate Jon Astry (FY, Eden Prairie, MN) who placed fifth in the classical race with a time of 55:16. Both Zeigler and Astry earned all-conference honors for their performances.

Gustavus finished with 63 points, one point behind second-place St. Olaf. St. John's won the two-day competition with 71 points. The third place showing at the MIAC championships is the highest Gustie finish since the inception of the program in 1999-2000.

Gustavus returns to action next Saturday at the CCSA Regional Championships at Biwabik, Minnesota. The freestyle race will take place on Saturday while the classical race will be held on Sunday.

Freestyle Results from Saturday:

Gustavus finished tied for 1st place with 33 points out of 4 teams

Top Individual Finisher: Jay Eidem, St. Olaf, 28:50

Team Standings
Gustavus........33
St. Olaf........33
St. John's......33
Macalester......15
*St. Mary's......3

* - St. Mary's had only one athlete competing and therefore did not have a full team.

Gustavus Results
Erich Ziegler.....29:25
Kevin Patzoldt....29:57
Jon Astry.........30:09
Nate Porath.......30:25
Dan Kueffer.......30:51
Andy Rishavy......31:32
Jon Miller........32:17
Chuck Anderson....32:53
Jahred Stephens...33:39

Classical Results from Sunday:

Gustavus finished in 3rd place with 30 points out of 4 teams

Top Individual Finisher: Sean Laidig, St. John's, 52:58

St. John's.......38
St. Olaf.........31
Gustavus.........30
Macalester.......13
*St. Mary's......5

* - St. Mary's had only one athlete competing and therefore did not have a full team.

Gustavus Results
Erich Ziegler.....55:03
Jon Astry.........55:16
Nate Porath.......56:42
Andy Rishavy......57:27
Jahred Stephens...57:36
Dan Kueffer.......58:15
Kevin Patzoldt....58:47
Chuck Anderson....59:45
Jon Miller.......1:01:15

Total Team Championships:

St. John's.......71
St. Olaf.........64
Gustavus.........63
Macalester.......28
St. Mary's........8

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