Sunday, September 27, 2009

Red Hawks Continue Winning Ways at Michigan Tech

Eric Smith's first foray into the collegiate men's A category was a successful one. The freshman from Charlottesville, Va., placed sixth in the cross country race, fifth in the short track cross country race and first in the super D event hosted by Michigan Technological University Saturday and Sunday in Copper Harbor, Mich.

Smith made the jump to A in all race categories in a bid to secure a spot on the start line at nationals in Truckee, Calif. His teammate, Tiffany Seering is all but a shoe-in for the championship event to be held at the Northstar at Tahoe resort, Oct. 16-18. Seering, a junior from West Bend, Wis., placed second in the women's A cross country race; was first in the A short track race and was second in the A super D.

The performances of Smith and Seering capped a successful weekend for the Red Hawks. Freshman Andy Fehrenbach abandoned Saturday's cross country race due to pain in his right wrist from a crash the week prior. He came back strong Sunday, however, to finish third in the men's B short track race.

The Ripon men swept the podium in the men's C short track event. Junior Andy Ayers of Eagle River, Wis., junior Zach Smith of St. Louis, Mo., and freshman Paul Meuer of Elburn, Ill., finished in first, second and third, respectively. All three also finished in the top 10 in Saturday's cross country event where Ayers was second, Smith was eighth and Meuer was ninth.

The Red Hawks will travel to Columbia, Mo., next weekend for the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference Championships hosted by the University of Missouri.

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