HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) — Michigan Tech Nordic Ski coaches Tom and Kristen Monahan Smith announce the addition of two men, two women and two new staff to the roster for the 2022-23 season. The incoming class is represented by student-athletes and staff from Utah, New Hampshire, Colorado, Minnesota and Michigan.
The Huskies graduated four team members last spring, including three women’s team members, one men’s team member and a graduate assistant coach. The 2022-23 Nordic ski team will be represented by eight women including six returnees and 12 men including 10 returnees.
Comments from coaches:
“Our exceptional recruiting class of 2022-23 is represented by some of the best prospective student-athletes across the United States! All four incoming student-athletes are All-Americans, and that’s an impressive standard they’ve set for what it takes to make this team. Our program attracts the attention of the best potential student-athletes not only from our region, but from all over the country. This is a big deal to the current success and future trajectory of the MTU Nordic Ski Team, as the best student-athletes choose to go to the team where the best student-athletes are! These new top-notch additions will help us continue to improve and achieve regional and national competitive success as a team.
“Equally important, all of our incoming student-athletes have chosen to come to Michigan Tech because of the incredible value we provide as an academic institution, and you will see from their academic accomplishments that this is an exceptional group of students! This is so valuable in our recruiting considerations because we know from experience that a great, balanced approach as a student and athlete leads to success as a student and athlete at Michigan Tech. An equal approach to academic and athletic achievement is one of our core values in our recruiting considerations, because academic and athletic achievement is the true measure of our team’s success! It’s just great to continue recruiting student-athletes who have already proven academic and athletic success throughout their high school student-athlete careers, because we know it will continue to bring them success throughout. throughout their career as college student-athletes!
“All of these incoming student-athletes have come to Michigan Tech for a recruiting visit, and while we realize this is not possible for all prospective student-athletes, we cannot say enough about the value of a tour to choose the right team and university for you to be an NCAA student-athlete! Michigan Tech is an amazing and unique place to be a student-athlete, and we believe that when potential student-athletes visit us and they and we are ready to engage, Michigan Tech is truly the right fit. !
“Since the day they came to Michigan Tech for their recruiting visit, we’ve been waiting for this moment to officially announce our newest team members. Recruitment promotion 2022-23, welcome to the Nordic Huskies! »
Wes Campbell – Hometown: Park City, Utah
Wes Campbell comes to us from Park City High School, Park City Nordic Ski Club and Team Soldier Hollow.
Athletic Highlights• 1st U18 15km Classic, 2022 USA Cross-Country National Championships• 3rd U18 10km Classic, 2022 USA Junior National Championships• 1st U16 5km Classic, 2020 USA Junior National Championships
Academic Achievements • Graduated in the top 10% of Park City High School.
Planned major • Computer engineering
Interests/Hobbies/Fun Facts • Wes is also a biathlete and has participated in several Junior World Biathlon Championships. He loves to play games and his favorite place is Obertilliach.
Cat Stow – Hometown: Gilford, New Hampshire
Catherine “Cat” Stow comes to us from Gilford High School and the Gunstock Nordic Association.
Athletic Highlights• 1st U20 Mixed Relay, 2022 Junior National Championships• 2nd U20 10km Classic, 2022 Junior National Championships• 3rd U20 5km Skating, 2022 Junior National Championships• 4th U20 Classic Sprint, 2022 Junior National Championships• 2x Top 20 in overall at Craftsbury and Lake Placid SuperTours, 2022 • Overall Easter Cup winner Cheri Walsh, 2021 • New Hampshire State Champion, Grades 8-12 • 20th overall 2022 Craftsbury SuperTour freestyle 7.5k. • 20th overall 2022 Lake Placid Classic SuperTour 10km mass start. • Overall winner of the Coupe de l’Est Cheri Walsh 2021 (JNQ). • NH State Champion grades 8-12.
Academic Achievements • New Hampshire Scholar, National Honor Society Officer, Class President
Planned Major• Management Information Systems
Interests/hobbies/fun facts • I also like to hike and run, take care of my succulents, and love to travel when I get the chance.
Sarah Bivens – Hometown: Crested Butte, Colorado
Sarah Bivens comes to us from Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail and Summit Nordic Ski Club.
Athletic Highlights• 5th U20 Skate 5km, 2022 USA Junior National Championships• 5th U20 Classic 10km, 2022 USA Junior National Championships• 5th U20 Team Relay, 2022 USA Junior National Championships• 20th Overall junior, 2022 US National Cross Country Championships• 5th U18 Classic 5km, 2020 US Junior National Championships• 10th U18 Skate Sprint, 2020 US Junior National Championships
Academic Achievements • Founder of the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy National Honor Society, Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy 2021 Student of the Year, President’s Award for Excellence in Education for Grades 6-12.
Planned Major • Undecided. Academic interests: human biology, biological engineering
Interests/Hobbies/Fun Facts • I love racing mountain bikes, climbing local 14ers, swimming in high mountain lakes, and just going on adventures in the outdoors. I also have a passion for drawing and recently took up the guitar.
Sam Stertz – Hometown: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Sam Stertz comes to us from Mount Itasca Winter Sports Center and Sirdal Upper Secondary School in Tonstad, Norway.
Sam will also be a member of the MTU Cross Country Team as a dual-sport student-athlete for Michigan Tech!
Sporting Highlights• 10th U20 Skate 10km, 2022 US Junior National Championships• 5th Youth Relay, 2021 IBY World Ski Youth/Junior Championships• 1st Youth Super Sprint, 2021 USBA National Championships• 21st Youth Sprint, World Championships 2020 IBU Youth/Junior Ski Jacket
Academic Achievements • High school diploma with 3.75 cumulative GPA.
Planned major• Economics
Interests/hobbies/fun facts • I spent the fall and winter of 2021 training for skiing, biathlon and running in Norway.
Additions to the coaching staff
William Haapala – Hometown: Traverse City, Michigan
William “Will” Haapala will be the student leader for the MTU Nordic Ski Team for the 2022-23 season! Will comes to us from the Vasa Nordic Ski Club under the guidance of former technicians Sam Holmes and Ruth Oppliger. Will is a 2-time Michigan State High School Ski Champion and has competed multiple times in the US Junior Nationals. Will plans to study mechanical engineering and will start his freshman year at Michigan Tech this fall. We welcome Will as a new member of our team for the 2022-23 season.
Mark Ousdigian – Hometown: Shoreview, Minnesota
Mark Ousdigian will be the graduate assistant coach for the MTU Nordic Ski Team for the 2022-23 season! Mark has competed as a student-athlete on the Tech Nordic Ski Team for the past four years and will be our AG while he completes his Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering. We are delighted to have Mark transitioning into his new support role for the team.
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