January 28, 2008
Martin Stuge Banerud Paces Wildcats
CABLE, Wis. – The Northern Michigan University men’s Nordic ski team competed at the Telemark SuperTour race over the weekend. Saturday (Jan. 26) saw the Wildcats race in the 10K freestyle event. Sunday (Jan. 27) it was 15K mass start classic race.
The freestyle race saw the ‘Cats have four of the top 10 skiers. Martin Stuge Banerud led the ‘Cats with a second-place showing as he cross the finish line with a time of 28:00.1. Phill Violett (28:23.0) was fourth, Gus Kaeding (28:34.5) seventh and Justin Singleton (28:41.0) ninth. Tim Cook (29:48.7) was 21st in the event.
NMU was nine points better than Alaska in the team race with 89 points to 80. Third was St. Scholastica (76).
Banerud was second in the mass start classic race. He covered the course in a time of 39:51.5. Violett (39:52.4) was third, Kaeding (40:51.0) fourth and Singleton (41:12.0) fifth. Kevin Cutts (31:24.3) placed in the top 10 with a seventh-place finish. Cook (42:04.5) was 13th for the ‘Cats.
NMU took the team title for the second day in a row after the classic race with 93 points. Alaska was second (90) and then Michigan Tech (72).
NMU’s next action will be at the pre-regional race on Feb. 9.
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