Steamboat, CO – The final day of the 2018 NCAA Skiing Championships unfolded today at Howelsen Hill. Junior Braden Becker '19 competed for the Ephs in the 20km skate race.
Becker started with bib 24 in the 40-man field and moved up throughout the race, skiing hard all the way to the line. After a sprint finish, he found himself tied for 11th place with Sindre Tungesvik of the University of Mexico. When all was said and done, Becker was the third skier from the East the fifth American.
His finish time of 54:57.4 was only 15 seconds out of the top ten and one place away from Second Team All-America honors! The race was won by Ian Torchia of Northern Michigan University. Eph head Nordic coach Jason Lemieux remarked, "Braden skied a really smart race today and absolutely crushed it out there. Early on he took the opportunity to move up into the top ten and he skied relaxed the entire time. This is a stacked NCAA field and Braden skied a mature race and left everything out on the course. He finished as the 5th American and 3rd for the East. The coaches and the entire team are really proud of Braden's performance and it is so nice to see him back at full steam after a tough training year!"
With Marc Talbott competing in the two Alpine events and Braden Becker competing in the two Nordic events Williams finsihed 13th in the NCAA Championship that features schools from all three NCAA Divisions and several international skiers with junior national team experience.
Today's race concludes the 2017-18 Williams ski racing season!