Mar. 14: St. Lawrence University senior captain Kristen Bednar competed in her final collegiate Nordic ski race on Saturday at the 2009 NCAA Championships at Black Mountain in Rumford, ME, putting the finishing touches on an outstanding career with the Scarlet and Brown.
Bednar, who logged a 30th place finish on Thursday in the Women's 5K Classic, earned 36th place on Saturday in the Women's 15K Freestyle. The Essex Junction, VT native raced in a time of 42:13.5, finishing .3 seconds behind Jill Smith of Michigan Tech University for 35th.
Denver University's Antje Maempel won the 2009 national championship in the Women's 15K Free, as she edged Colorado University's Alexa Turzian by .5 seconds at the finish line. Maempel's time of 38:35.0 earned her the title out of 38 racers.
Saturday's Nordic races bring an end to the 2009 collegiate ski season.