Martin Stuge Banerud
HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s Nordic ski team was denied opening the season at home on Saturday (Dec. 1) because of a lack of snow. Instead the Wildcats opened up the season on Sunday (Dec. 2) at the Husky Open which was held at Michigan Tech. NMU was on top of the team score board with 20 points. UW-Green Bay was second with 14 points and MTU third (9).
Martin Stuge Banerud won the 10K freestyle race with a time of 26:52.8. Three more of his teammates were in the top 10. Bill Bowler was eighth (28:31.1), Phill Violett ninth (28:33.1) and Tim Cook 10th (29:01.3). Three other skiers were in the race as Justin Singleton covered the course in a time of 29:11.6 which was good for 12th, Gus Kaeding 19th (29:48.4) and Anders Gillis 31st (31:49.2).
“We like to start the season off with a win. The men’s team was impressive,” said Sten Fjeldheim. “The conditions were perfect and it looks like our hard summer and fall preparation will pay off.”
The ‘Cats will attempt once again to race at home on Saturday (Dec. 8) at 11 a.m. with the site to be determined.
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