HOUGHTON, Mich. – This past weekend the Northern Michigan University men’s Nordic ski team competed at the Michigan Tech Christmas Classic. On Saturday (Dec. 15) the men competed in the 10K freestyle and on Sunday (Dec. 16) it was the 15K classic.
Justin Singleton was the top placing Wildcat in the freestyle event with a second-place showing (27:27.4). A little over three seconds back was teammate Bill Bowler in third place (27:30.6). Three more ‘Cats were in the top 10 as Phill Violett had a time of 27:53.3 which was good for sixth place, next was Tim Cook in seventh (28:01.9) and in 10th was Gus Kaeding (28:20.5). Anders Gillis was the final ‘Cats to cross the finish line as he was 18th with a time of 29:52.0.
NMU took the team title for the freestyle race with 28 points, Michigan Tech was second (22), UW-Green Bay third (19) and College of St. Scholastica fourth (9).
“The men skied well. Having five in the top 10 was a great accomplishment,” said Sten Fjeldheim, the head men’s Nordic ski coach.
On Sunday in the classic race the ‘Cats were led by Violett who won the event with a time of 47:34.0 almost three second ahead of the second place skier. Kaeding was fourth (48:57.8), Bowler seventh (49:40.1) and Singleton eighth (49:46.3) for the ‘Cats. Cook placed 17th (51:30.2) while Gillis was 24th (52:32.3).
The ‘Cats took the team title with 27 points. MTU was second (26), UW-GB third (19) and CSS (5) fourth.
“I was happy with Violett’s dominating win, he skied very relaxed and fast,” said Fjeldheim. “The skiers are ready for some easier training after an intense four weeks of hard training block as well as having the end of the semester finals.”
NMU will compete again after Christmas at the U.S. National Ski Championships in Houghton from Jan. 2-6, 2008.
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