IRONWOOD, Mich. - The Northern Michigan University women’s cross country ski teamed opened its 2006-07 schedule over the weekend (Dec. 9-10) at the Grandview XC Challenge.
The NMU women skiers had six of the top seven places in the sprint race on Saturday. Anna Bergland won the Women’s Open Category. The third through the seventh spots belonged to the ‘Cats. Lindsey Weier was third as she was followed by teammates Morgan Smyth, Maria Stuber, Jennifer Wygant and Laura DeWitt. Kelly Ahern and Tanya Cook were 12th and 17th respectively. Christina Gillis and Ingrid Fjeldheim were second and third respectively in the Women’s Older Junior Class sprint.
On Sunday it was almost the same story as the NMU women captured four of the top five spots in the Women’s Open 5K classic race. Weier won the event as she covered the course in a time of 15:11.20. Smyth was third (15:28.44), DeWitt fourth (15:38.05) and Stuber fifth (16:02.26). Other NMU skiers in the event were Ahern in seventh place (16:10.60), Bergland ninth (16:45.00), Cook 10th (16:54.22) and Wygant 13th (17:14.19). Gillis was the top placing ‘Cat in the Women’s Older Junior Class 5K classic. She placed second in the race (16:41.91) as teammate Fjeldheim (16:59.65) was about 18 seconds behind in third place.
The ‘Cats will skate next at the U.S. National Championships which will be held in Houghton, Mich. from Jan. 3-7.
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