University of Maine at Presque Isle Sends Skier to NCAA Championships 

A University of Maine at Presque Isle skier is heading to the NCAA championships. Eirik Fosnaes is a sophomore on the Owls team, which he’ll represent next week in Vermont.Eirik Fohsnis has been skiing since he was a young boy growing up in Norway.”Skiing on a field with my mom everyday when I was like five. I guess that was when I really started to ski.”Eirik is a sophomore first-year skier for the University of Maine at Presque Isle ski team. It’s been a season filled with great finishes, and now, Eirik will be representing the Owls at the NCAA championships. “It was my goal before the season and I am happy to make it.””I mean it’s pretty exciting. That’s our goal every year is to send somebody.””And what makes this trip to the NCAA National Ski Championships even more special, is that Eirik is just the second umpi skiier to go.””Each team can send up to 3 men and 3 women, but of the 13 nordic teams that race in New England that race in our confrerence, only the top 16 women and the top 15 men currently can go.” Eirik landed himself in the 11th spot overall. He’ll be competing against more than 35 other skiers, but he’s got an advantage.”This is definitely a great place, good snow for the year. So it’s a great place to train.””Four out of the six races that we’ve had this year have been done on either artificial snow or altered snow because of a lack of snow down there. So, a lot of the teams we ski against are skiing dry land, running- they’re not really able to ski as frequently and on as good of conditions as we are.”Eirik and Paul leave this weekend.Eirik’s first race is a 10K Classic on Thursday. His second is a 20K Freestyle on Saturday.