IRONWOOD, Mich. – Racing under extreme conditions according to Sten Fjeldheim, the Northern Michigan University Nordic ski coach, the NMU women’s Nordic ski team competed at the Holiday Invitational over the weekend. Saturday (Dec. 13) the women competed in the 5K freestyle race while on Sunday (Dec. 14) the group skated the 10K classic course.
NMU had two of the top five finishers in the open freestyle race. Christina Gillis was the first Wildcat across the finish line in fourth place with a time of 15:03.9 as Ingrid Fjeldheim was next with a 15:14.6. Anna Bergland was seventh (15:24.6) and Caitlin Cassidy 11th (16:24.1) for the ‘Cats. Randi Vermelid competing in the college division of the freestyle race was second (15:56.0).
The ‘Cats had the sixth through the ninth spots in the open classic race. Cassidy was the top ‘Cat with a time of 35:10.0 as she was followed by Bergland (35:14.6), Fjeldheim (35:17.7) and Gillis (35:41.3).
The ‘Cats will race again in the new year at the U.S. National Championships which will be held in Anchorage, Alaska from Jan. 3-8.
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