Williamstown, MA - Landing two men in the top twenty, the Williams Men's Nordic ski team opened their 2017 Chamionships with a seventh place finish in the 10K classic race.
Day two of the NCAA Championships unfolded today at the Jackson Touring Center in Jackson, NH with the men's 10K classic. In the men's race, forty skiers took to the course, three of whom sported the purple and white of Williams College.
Eli Hoenig '17 led the way for the Ephs, finishing in eleventh place, less than three seconds out of the top ten. Hoenig, an All-American from the 2016 Championships, had a strong second lap, moving up from thirteenth.
Together, Hoenig, Becker, and Fields earned Williams a seventh place finish as team, only two points behind the top eastern school Dartmouth College.
Fields reflected on his race by saying, "While I am disapointed with my result, I couldn't be more exicted for my teammates who put together some truly incredible performances on a remarkably stressful and challenging day!". Similarly, Eph Nordic coach Jason Lemieux commented, "Today's waxing conditions were extremely challenging, and I am proud of the boys for finding their rhythm."
Racing action for the men's Nordic team continues on Saturday with the 20km mass start freestyle.
Currently the Ephs are 11th place in a field of 21 predominantly NCAA DI schools.