St. Scholastica swept the CCSA skier of the week awards, as the Saints’ Sarah Allen and Paul Schommer collected conference honors for their performances at Mt. Itasca last week.
Allen etched her name into the St. Scholastica history books by becoming the school’s first women skier to win an NCAA qualifying event. The hard-working senior topped the podium in the Mt. Itasca 5K classic race, going 1-2 with teammate Anita Kirvesniemi to lift the Saints to their first-ever team victory in an event where perennial powerhouse Northern Michigan was present. Allen followed that up with a team-best seventh-place finish in the 5K skate on Saturday. Coming into the season with just one previous CCSA top ten finish in her career, the Minnesota native now has three this season alone – a testament to her improvement as a skier.
Schommer, meanwhile, has been a model of consistency in the CCSA this season, currently riding a run of five consecutive podium finishes. The Wisconsin native claimed his first career CCSA win over the weekend as well, and in convincing fashion: Schommer took the top spot in the men’s 10K freestyle by more than 24 seconds over his nearest competition. The junior also placed third in the 10K classic event at Mt. Itasca, giving him plenty of momentum and confidence heading into next week’s CCSA Championships.
The CCSA student-athletes enjoy a well-earned weekend off ahead before hitting the home stretch, with just four NCAA qualifiers (the CCSA and NCAA Central Region Championships) remaining in their 2014 season.