February 2, 2009
CABLE, Wis. – The Northern Michigan University men’s Nordic ski team skated to the team titles in both events over the weekend at Telemark SuperTour event. Saturday (Jan. 31) the Wildcats took the classic race with 95 points with Alaska second (80) and Michigan Tech third (72). Sunday (Feb. 1) it was a bit of the same story as the NMU men won the freestyle race team points standing with 96 points with Michigan Tech second (81) and UW-Green Bay third (69). NMU’s two-day total was 191 points which was 38 points better than second-place Michigan Tech (153). NMU easily won the two-day overall total (men and women combined) with 375 points, second was Alaska (312).
Phil Violett led the ‘Cats in the 10K classic race with an overall finish of 12th place. He was the first collegiate skier to cross the finish line. Violett’s time was 30:44.0. Next less than 10 seconds later was teammate Martin Stuge Banerud with a time of 30:53.5. Kevin Cutts was 19th overall with a time of 31:31.7. Tim Cook (32:08.9) and Sindre Stokke (32:13.0) were the next two ‘Cats in 29th and 30th place overall. Justin Singleton (32:26.6) was the final NMU skier as he was 41st overall.
Sunday in the 15K freestyle race it was Banerud’s turn to be the top collegiate skier. He covered the course in a time of 33:23.8 which was good for 13th overall. About 25 seconds later was teammate Violett (33:48.8) in 17th place overall and the second collegiate skier. Cutts crossed the finish line with a time of 34:05.6 for 20th place. The next two skiers for NMU were Singleton (34:50.6) in 29th and Stokke (35:02.7) in 31st. Cook was the final NMU skier as he had a time of 35:18.5 for 35th.
NMU will have a week off before competing at the St. Cloud State Invitational (Feb. 14-15).
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