February 2, 2009
CABLE, Wis. – The Northern Michigan University women’s Nordic ski team took both team titles at the Telemark SuperTour event over the weekend. Saturday (Jan. 31) the Wildcats captured the classic team title with 90 points as the Huskies of Michigan Tech were second (83) and Alaska third (78). Sunday (Feb. 1) the women won the freestyle event with 94 points with the Nanooks of Alaska second (89) and Michigan Tech third (74). NMU’s two-day total was 184 points 17 points ahead of second-place Alaska (167). NMU easily won the two-day overall total (men and women combined) with 375 points, second was Alaska (312).
Laura DeWitt was the top collegiate skier in the 5K classic race with a time of 17:35.3, which was good for seventh overall. In 14th place overall was Marie Helen Soderman (17:58.3) as she was the fourth collegiate skier to cross the finish line. Anna Bergland (18:24.9) was the next NMU skier as she was 19th overall. Ingrid Fjeldheim (18:50.5) was 23rd as she was followed by Caitlin Cassidy (19:28.0) in 36th place. Randi Vermelid (19:50.8) rounded out the competitors for NMU in 47th place.
In the 10K freestyle race the Wildcats had half of the top 10 places in the collegiate division. Soderman (24:29.0) and DeWitt (24:33.7) were the top two collegiate skiers in the race as they were 11th and 12th overall respectively. Other NMU skiers in the top 10 of the collegiate skiers were Bergland (24:47.6) 17th overall and the fifth collegiate skier, Fjeldheim (24:54.4) 21st overall and eighth collegiate skier and Christina Gillis (25:17.3) 23rd overall and 10th collegiate skier. Vermelid (26:21.6) and Cassidy (26:59.7) were the final two NMU skiers in the race as they were 46th and 51st respectively.
NMU will have a week off before competing at the St. Cloud State Invitational (Feb. 14-15).
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