January 26, 2009
Women's Nordic Ski Team Captures Both Races At Mount Itasca
COLERAINE, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University women’s Nordic ski team captured both events at the Mount Itasca SuperTour event over the weekend. Saturday (Jan. 24) the women skated to the classic team title with 78 points and to the freestyle team title Sunday (Jan. 25) with 75 points.
Laura DeWitt was the top placing collegiate skier in the 10K classic race with a time of 31:32.0, which was good for fourth overall. Other skiers for NMU in the top 20 were Marie Helen Soderman sixth (31:52.1), Christina Gillis ninth (32:11.9), Ingrid Fjeldheim 13th (33:03.3) and Anna Bergland 15th (33:15.8). Randi Vermelid finished in 23rd (34:19.2) as teammate Caitlin Cassidy was 26th (34:40.8).
Soderman led the ‘Cats in the 10K freestyle event with a time of 32:05.4 for a ninth-place showing. The next four skiers for NMU came one right after the other as Fjeldheim (11th, 32:13.5), DeWitt (12th, 32:15.3), Gillis (13th, 32:25.0) and Bergland (14th, 32:33.9) skated across the finish line. Vernelid placed 28th (35:29.2) while fellow ‘Cat, Cassidy 50th (37:52.2).
NMU took the overall team results for the weekend with 300 points. Michigan Tech was second (249) and UW-Green Bay third (211).
This week the ‘Cats are at the SuperTour stop in Hayward, Wis. Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 31-Feb. 1).
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