HOUGHTON, Mich. – Members of the Northern Michigan University men’s cross country ski team recently competed at the U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships. As a team NMU won the College Cup.
The first event of the championships (Jan. 3) was the 10K classic. Martin Banerud placed 46th with a time of 28:34.0. Bill Bowler was the next ‘Cat at skate across the finish line in 55th place (29:05.7). About 11 seconds later in 57th was Phillip Violett (29:16.9). Ben Cline was 61st (29:20.4) as teammate Justin Singleton was 64th (29:34.2). Tim Cook rounded out the ‘Cats competitors as he placed 129th (31:54.4).
In the 15K freestyle race (Jan. 4), Banerud led the ‘Cats with a 27th place showing (43:08.4). Bowler was next three places back (43:24.0). Violett with a time of 43:31.7 was 33rd. Singleton (44:38.3), Cook (47:14.0) and Cline (47:17.9) were 56th, 129th and 131st respectively.
NMU captured the 2007 College Cup with 790 points. Dartmouth was second with 757 points. The College Cup is part of the U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships. College skiers earn points for their institutions through their finishes in the two distance races during the week-long competition. The points are combined men’s and women’s results.
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