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Michigan Tech Fields 17 Skiers on USSA National Points List

Collegiate Skiing

Tue, May  16, 2006 - By Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON, Mich. -- The Michigan Tech Nordic skiing team fielded 17 racers, including 14 current skiers, on the final United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) National Points List released for the 2005-06 season.

Topping the list of Huskies to earn points is two-time All-American junior Kristina Owen, who is 15th overall after finishing ninth in the five-kilometer race and 17th in the 15-kilometer competition at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Two other women -- Jenna Klein and Elizabeth Quinley -- rank 46th and 77th, respectively.

On the men's side, assistant coach Karl Walczak holds the 39th spot in the rankings. Sophomores Adam Airoldi (72nd) and Chris Harvey (73rd), along with junior Aaron Ditty (77th), round out Tech's list of current skiers to finish in the top 100 on the USSA points list. Lucas Pletcher, who will ski for the Huskies next season, holds the 82nd spot.

Nine others received points and are listed below.

"I'm really happy with where our skiers are at in the USSA points race after a solid year," said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. "Most of our athletes continue to move up each time the rankings are released and that is encouraging."

United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) National Points List

Women
Kristina Owen -- 15
Jenna Klein -- 46
Elizabeth Quinley -- 77

Men
Karl Walczak ('04) -- 39
Adam Airoldi -- 72
Chris Harvey -- 73
Aaron Ditty -- 77
Lucas Pletcher* -- 82
Jesse Lang -- 102
Kevin Heglund -- 103
Erik Mundahl -- 109
Ben Beard -- 113
Eric Olson -- 122
Chris Miller -- 144
David Siegfried -- 163
Jared Cregg* -- 182
Andrew Joda -- 188

* Incoming Freshman