February 17, 2009
Martin Stuge Banerud Takes Over Points Lead With Win
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University men’s Nordic ski team made it a clean sweep at Camp Ripley over the weekend. Saturday (Feb. 14) NMU took the 10K classic race with a team score of 92 points just one better than Michigan Tech (91). Sunday (Feb. 15) the Wildcats took the 20K freestyle with a team score of 91 points. NMU won the two-day overall total with 183 points.
Martin Stuge Banerud led the ‘Cats in the classic race with a second-place showing with a time of 25:11. Teammate Phil Violett was the next skier to cross the finish line with a time of 25:34. Tim Cook (26:06) placed fifth for the ‘Cats. Justin Singleton (26:12) and Sindre Stokke (26:13) were the next two NMU skiers as they were seventh and eighth respectively.
Sunday saw Banerud win his second freestyle race of the season when he won the Camp Ripley event with a time of 46:43. Banerud has now completed four NCAA qualifiers, winning twice and taking runner-up twice. He will be the new Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) points leader when the new rankings are released. Violett (46:49) was third six seconds back. Cook (47:14) was the third NMU skier to cross the finish line as he was seventh. Singleton had a top 10 finish in the event with a ninth-place showing with a time of 47:48. Stokke (48:46) was the final NMU skier in the event as he was 13th.
The ‘Cats are competing next at the Central Region Championships which will be held in Houghton, Mich. Feb. 28-March 1.
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