BIWABIC, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University men’s Nordic ski team competed at the NCAA Central Regional Championship over the weekend at Giants Ridge. Saturday the group competed in the freestyle race while on Sunday it was the classic race.
Martin Stuge Banerud was the first Wildcat to ski across the finish line in the 10K freestyle event in third place with a time 28:38.9. Two places back in fifth place was Bill Bowler (29:21.4). Three other ‘Cats were in the next six places. Phill Violett was seventh (29:26.7), Gus Kaeding 10th (29:57.0) and Tim Cook 11th (29:57.1). Justin Singleton was the final NMU skier in the race as he was 36th (32:13.1).
NMU was second with 78 points in the team race behind Alaska’s 79.
Violett led the ‘Cats on Sunday in the 15K classic race as he took the event edging out Marius Korthauer of Alaska. Violett’s time was 43:36.7 just ahead of Korthauer’s 43:37.1. Three other NMU skiers were in the top 10 as Banerud was fourth (44:08.1), Kaeding fifth (44:46.0) and Bowler sixth (45:25.6). Cook cross the finish line with a time of 47:06.0 which gave him a 12th place finish. Singleton was 24th in the event (48:34.4).
NMU took the team title for the classic race over Alaska. The ‘Cats tallied 83 points to 76 for the Nanooks.
NMU took the combined tam title with 327 points. Alaska was second with 285.
The ‘Cats are in action next at the NCAA Skiing Championships which will be held from March 3-8 in Bozeman, Mont.
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