Day Four NCAA Championships: Nordic Men 5th On the Day, Ephs 12th as a Team

Eph Nordic coach Jay Lemieux (left) and Eli Hoenig '17
Eph Nordic coach Jay Lemieux (left) and Eli Hoenig '17

Jackson, NH -- The Williams men's Nordic ski team raced their way to a fifth place finish in the twenty kilometer mass-start freestyle. 

The last day of NCAA Championship racing unfolded at Jackson Touring Center in Jackson, NH with the fifteen (w0men) and twenty kilometer mass-start freestyle events. Braving bitter temperatures and a tehcnical course, three Ephs gave the nation's best a run for their money.

Jordan Fields '17 led the way with a twelfth place finish. Hot on his heels was his teammate Eli Hoenig '17, who finished in fifteenth. Braden Becker '19, capped off his Championships with a twenty-first place finish.

Together, Fields, Hoenig and Becker put Williams in fifth as a team behind NCAA Champions University of Utah, a huge improvement on last year's result. 

Fields and Hoenig, who concluded their ski racing careers today, had a few words for the record: "We had the loudest fans on course, and we are so fortunate to have a team that supports us no matter how cold it is!". 

Looking back on this week of racing, Eph Nordic head coch Jason Lemieux remarked: "It was an amazing couple of races with very challenging and mentally difficult conditions. The men skied very well and were able to hang for much of the race at a very aggressive and fast pace. I was so proud to see them come away from the championships with four top 15 finishes. Today they were the fifth men's Nordic team in the country."

Williams finished the 2017 NCAA Championships in twelfth place, two places better than last season! 

Full results here.