EDITOR'S NOTE: Prepared by Ian Marks, Assistant Director of Athletic Communications at MTU.
HOUGHTON - Michigan Tech University coach Joe Haggenmiller announced Wednesday the signing of six individuals to National Letters of Intent for the sports of cross country, Nordic skiing, and track and field.
The team welcomes three runners, a pole vaulter and four female skiers to help replace the void left by the graduation of six athletes: Jenna Klein, Elizabeth Quinley, Henna Riikonen-Purtsi, Jesse Lang, Oskar Lund and Kenneth Gilkerson.
"We will have some significant holes to fill with the graduation of our 2010 senior class. But, this may well be the deepest recruiting class we have had in the last 10 years here at Michigan Tech," said Haggenmiller, who enters his eighth year as head coach of Tech cross country, Nordic skiing, and track and field.
Malin Eriksson finished in the top-10 in the 10-kilometer pursuit at the 2010 Swedish National Junior Championships. A native of Soederala, Sweden, the Nordic skier is ranked in the top-600 in the world and posted a pair of top-20 finishes in 2009-10 Swedish FIS Races.
Alice Flanders finished fifth at the Minnesota State Ski Meet for Robbinsdale Cooper to earn all-state honors in 2010. The New Hope, Minn., native also competed in the Junior National Championships, finishing 10th in the relay and 21st in the classic race.
Marissa Yovetich was a three-time Minnesota state ski meet qualifier, including a ninth-place finish her senior year for Andover High School. She was also a four-time all-conference selection - including one conference championship in skiing - and was a three-time all-conference selection in cross country.
Deedra Irwin will join the cross country and track/field teams. The native of Pulaski, Wis., was a three-time state qualifier in cross country and earned all-state honors as a junior. She also competed in the Foot Locker Championships as a junior. Irwin was a six-time state qualifier on the track. She posted three top-10 finishes at the state meet, including a fifth place finish in the 800. She also competed in Nordic skiing, posting eight top-10 finishes at the Wisconsin State Meet.
Erica Poli finished sixth in the pole vault (10-9) at the 2010 Div. III Michigan State Meet. The downstate East Lansing native was a three-time state qualifier and was the regional champion as a sophomore. She also helped the Trojans to a pair of team regional championships.
Evan Kryske was the runner-up in the 3,200 (10:00) at the 2009 Mich. Div. II State Meet. The downstate Carlton native finished ninth in the 1,600 and 17th in the 800 his senior year. He was also a two-time most valuable player in cross country and track and field for Airport High School.