January 9, 2008

'Cats Take College Cup At Ski Championships

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s and women’s Nordic ski teams recently competed at the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships. 
 
For the second straight year the NMU team was the College Cup ski champions. The College Cup is a tabulation of the classic and freestyle college results from the event. NMU scored 909 points to top runner-up Middlebury (877) and third-place Dartmouth (857).
 
The NMU women scored 466 points which was good for second. Dartmouth was first with 483 points. For the first time the NMU men claimed the title with 443 points with Alaska second (421). 
 
“It’s inspiring for some of our athletes that have been on the team now for their third or fourth year to win it for the men,” said Sten Fjeldheim. “They’ve come a long way. It reflects well on what they could potentially do this year.”
 
The freestyle event saw the ‘Cats place 15th as Martin Stuge Banerud covered the 10K course in a time of 25:47.5. Justin Singleton was 35th (26:18.2) in the event with Bill Bowler 48th (26:44.5). Phillip Violett was 52nd (26:50.6), Gus Kaeding 60th (27:06.1) and Tim Cook 98th (27:55.7). 
 
Maria Stuber led the NMU women in the 5K freestyle race with an 18th place showing (14:51.6). Other NMU skiers who competed included: Laura DeWitt, 45th (15:35.7); Tanya Cook, 58th (15:49.3); Anna Berglund, 107th (16:35.3); and Maria Grossi, 119th (16:52.0).
 
Banerud led the ‘Cats in the 15K classic with a time of 43:19.6 which was good for 14th. Violett placed 47th (45:02.9) with teammate Kaeding three places back in 50th (45:14.7). Singleton placed 139th (47:53.1) while Cook was 140th (47:54.2). 
 
DeWitt led the ‘Cats in the 10K classic with a 22nd place showing in the event with a clocking of 33:01.7.  Stuber was the next ‘Cat to cross the finish line in 27th (33:19.9). Cook with a time of 34:34.7 was 57th while teammate Berglund was 150th (38:15.8) and Grossi was 157th (38:49.9).
 
Kevin Cutts was selected for the U.S. Junior World Championship team which will compete later this month in Poland. Morgan Smyth made the U.S. team which will ski at the U23 World Championships also in Poland later in the month.
 
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