JACKSON, N.H. – The Northern Michigan University cross country ski team currently sits in first place at the NCAA Skiing Championships thanks to a one-two-three sweep in the women’s 5K freestyle event on Wednesday. The event is a combined men’s and women’s team score as the Wildcats currently have 189 team points. NMU received 114 points from the women’s side on Wednesday and 75 from the men. Dartmouth is second with 166 points and the University of Denver is third with 146.
The Wildcats’ team lead will be short-lived, however, because NMU fields no alpine team.
Lindsay Williams won the 5K freestyle event on Wednesday. She was the only skier under 14:00.0 as she covered the course with a time of 13:50.4. Teammates Morgan Smyth (14:06.6) and Lindsey Weier (14:08.3) were second and third respectively.
“We just raced hard as a team and Sten always tells us attitude and effort, so we went into it with a positive attitude, a ready-to-go, go-get-em attitude, and left it all out on the course,” said Williams. “I know that our team is really strong, so it doesn’t surprise me that much, but it’s just awesome that this really did happen. I was pushing hard the whole way, from the very beginning to the very end.
On the men’s side of the first day of competition, Martin Stuge Banerud placed fourth in the men’s 10k freestyle race. He had a time of 25:44.2. The top 10 finishers in each event receive All-American honors. Other NMU skiers in the event were Bill Bowler (26:33.9) as he placed 15th and in 26th place was Phillip Violett (27:16.0).
The Nordic competition will conclude with a mass start classic race on Friday (March 9).
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