HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s Nordic ski team competed at the Michigan Tech Christmas Classic over the weekend. On Saturday (Dec. 15) the women skied the 5K freestyle while on Sunday (Dec. 16) it was the 10K classic.
The Wildcats took the top three places in freestyle race. Maria Stuber skated across the finish line first with a time of 15:27.5. A little over three seconds back in second was Morgan Smyth (15:30.9) and Laura DeWitt was third (15:40.5). Tanya Cook had a top 10 finish in seventh (16:37.1).
NMU won the team race with 33 points, UW-Green Bay was second (24), Michigan Tech third (15) and College of St. Scholastica fourth (5).
“The women have been on a streak of sweeping the top three spots every race and we are feeling very confident,” said Sten Fjeldheim, the head women’s Nordic ski coach.
On Sunday in the classic race it was the same story as the ‘Cats had four of the top five spots. Just like on Saturday, NMU took the top three places as this time Smyth was the first one to break the tape with a time of 34:26.8. DeWitt was second (34:39.0) and Stuber third (36:08.8). Cook placed fifth with a clocking of 37:30.8.
NMU took the team title with 33 points, MTU was second (22), UW-GB third (13) and CSS fourth (10).
“The women were skiing with confidence and taking risks on the course to race on the edge is risky, you can either win or blow up and struggle in to the finish line, which is part of the learning process,” said Fjeldheim. “The team has done the training well, now we will focus on continuing the training and perfecting techniques and do our best to stay healthy and on top of the books.”
NMU will compete again after Christmas at the U.S. National Ski Championships in Houghton from Jan. 2-6, 2008.
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