Goble ended up placing third in the final, with Schwab fourth, Isabel Sharp of Copper Country fifth and Sarah Lyle of Copper Country sixth.
“We didn’t have a lot of top people in the sprints today,” said Traverse City coach John Kostrzewa. “We had a lot of girls that made it into (the semis), but the heats — the way they set them up — we had like five girls in one heat so you’re going to knock out your own skiers.
“The 5K race (today) should be much different than sprints. Hopefully we can do well in that and then we’ve got another classic 5K race.”
Kostrzewa didn’t see many surprises from the first day of competition.
“I knew Erin would be in there competing,” he said. “Her and Sara are often really close in races. They’re the closest together that ski in this area and they’re always 1 and 2 wherever they go. (Erin) had a good race. She raced against a real good skier. I know she’s had trouble with her earlier in Marquette. It was about the same result so they haven’t closed that gap yet. We’ll see what the longer race does tomorrow.”
The 5.5K freestyle starts today at 9 a.m., followed by a 5.5K classic at around 2 p.m.