January 20, 2008

Laura DeWitt and Morgan Smyth Take The Top Two Spots In The Classic

Laura DeWitt
Laura DeWitt
MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Northern Michigan University women’s Nordic ski team adjusted to the sudden change in venues this weekend. On Thursday the SuperTour event in Minnesota was cancelled due to predicted low temperatures which led to the creation of a race in Marquette hosted by Northern Michigan University and named the CCSA Qualifiers. Saturday (Jan. 19) the women competed in the 5K freestyle event then on Sunday (Jan. 20) it was the 10K mass start classic race.
 
NMU had two of the top three finishers in the freestyle race on Saturday. Laura DeWitt was second with a time of 17:26.1 while teammate Morgan Smyth was next (17:29.2). Maria Stuber was the third ‘Cat with a top 10 finish as she was ninth (18:18.7).  Tanya Cook was just out of a top 10 finish as she was 11th (18:32.8). Anna Berglund finished in 17th place with a time of 19:14.1. 
 
The Wildcats took the freestyle team title with 85 points. Eight points back were the Nanooks of Alaska with 77 points.
 
Sunday in the classic race saw NMU skiers take the top two spots. DeWitt won the event with a time of 34:35.3 while teammate Smyth was second (34:59.7). Stuber was sixth (36:53.2), Berglund 13th (37:37.2) and Cook 16th (37:55.3).
 
NMU took the classic team title with 86 points. Gustavus Adolphus College was 16 points back in second place (70).
 
Next week (Jan. 26-27) the ‘Cats will be at the CCSA Conference Championships in Hayward, Wis.
 
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David Faiella
Sports Information Director
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