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      Flanders skis Classic at NCAA Championships

      Courtesy: MTU

      Michigan Tech junior Nordic skier Alice Flanders raced in the 5-kilometer classic at the 2014 NCAA Skiing Championships on Thursday (March 6). She finished 31st overall to kickoff her two-event week.

      "Thirty-first is a good start," Tech coach Joe Haggenmiller said. "Spirits are high, and we're definitely excited to build on this result for Saturday. Alice was closer to the top women in our region today than she has been all year in the classic."

      Flanders crossed the line in 15:12.9. Temperatures were in the 40s all day with most racers skiing without sleeves.

      "We haven't skied in these conditions all year," added Haggenmiller. "It didn't really affect the student-athletes because the tracks stayed firm throughout the race, but it made it difficult on technicians to get the correct wax."

      The Nordic portion of the Skiing Championships wrap up on Saturday (March 8) with the 15K mass start freestyle race.

      "Alice's strength is definitely skating," Haggenmiller said. "She's excited to put it all on the course and prove that she's one of the top skiers in the country."