December 11, 2007
HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s Nordic ski team did not get enough skiing done on Saturday as they competed at Michigan Tech on Sunday. By taking the top three places the Wildcats took the 10K classic race with 24 team points, MTU was second (12) and UW-Green Bay third (9).
Leading the top three sweep for the ‘Cats was Morgan Smyth as she covered the course in a time of 33:43.6. “Morgan Smyth’s demanding victory showed that she is back in form after her knee surgery in July,” said Sten Fjeldheim. “This race gave her just that much more confidence that she is back on track with her training.”
Placing second was Maria Stuber (34:50.3) and third Laura DeWitt (35:07.8). Two other ‘Cat skiers were in the top 10 as Tanya Cook was sixth (36:54.2) and Maria Grossi ninth (37:54.8).
“This was our first chance to race a classical stride event and our skiers felt good about they’re technique, it showed in the results,” said Fjeldheim. “The races were on the same exact courses which will be used for the U.S. Senior National Championships coming up after Christmas.”
The ‘Cats will be back in Houghton for a pre-National event this weekend (Dec. 14-15).
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