After 4 events (Sprint, Classic, Skate and Relay) at the USCSA National Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho, the Central Oregon Community College men’s team, comprised of Joe Madden, Sam Schwarz and Brian Jorgensen, placed 7th out of 10 teams overall. Joe Madden led the COCC team results, placing 16th overall in the individual men’s category. Sam Schwarz received USCSA Academic All American- Honorable Mention. Meanwhile, COCC students Darragh Hildreth, Michael Widmer and Isabel Smith participated at the USSA Junior National Championships in Minneapolis, MN.
COCC student Sam Schwarz said, “”Nationals was a great experience. It was fun to spend a week of racing almost every day, and being with supportive teammates and great coaches. I really enjoyed getting the chance to go race against skiers of all levels from colleges from all over the nation at a fantastic ski resort town.” COCC teammate Brian Jorgensen adds, “Traveling to Sun Valley to ski is fun to do in and of itself, but meeting other college students with a passion for skiing, made it even better.”
Brenna Warburton served as the Head Coach for the USCSA trip and said,” This is the first time in over 15 years that COCC has fielded a complete men’s team at a National event. I am already looking forward to working with next year’s club and hoping they progressively move up in overall results. It would be sweet to capture a National Championship title for COCC within the next few years in addition to building opportunities for collegiate skiing in the Northwest.”
The Bend Endurance Academy assists the COCC Nordic Club with training and travel logistics. According to the Academy’s Nordic Director, Ben Husaby, “The COCC Nordic club is in its second year as a USCSA Club. We hope that strong club skiing becomes a tradition at COCC like in years past. Club Sports Director, Bill Douglass has been incredibly helpful in getting the club started again and we are really glad to have had the chance to work with this group of motivated student-athletes.”
Both Schwarz and Jorgensen recommend skiing to their COCC peers.
“I would highly encourage students interested in skiing to join the club. Some of them may not be an experienced skier, or not use to racing, but with the amount of training and coaching given throughout the ski season they will have huge improvements in their skiing,” said Schwarz.
“I would definitely recommend students check out the ski club if they are looking to get out more or step up to the competition level of the sport,” said Jorgensen.
As winter turns to spring some of the COCC Nordic athletes will switch their focus to Cycling. For more information on the COCC Cycling Club contact Cycling Director, Bill Warburton 541-904-5048 or student representative, Brian Jorgensen: 541-678-3535
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