February 17, 2009
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University women’s Nordic ski team won the two-day total at the Camp Ripley event over the weekend. NMU garnered 187 points over the course of the two days. Alaska was second with 162 points. NMU secured 91 points from the 5K classic race (Feb. 14) and 96 points from the 15K freestyle race (Feb. 15).
Marie Helen Soderman skied to victory in the classic race with a time of 15:15. Laura DeWitt (15:38) was fourth for the Wildcats. Christina Gillis (15:47) and Anna Bergland (16:02) had top 10 finishes with sixth and ninth place finishes respectively. Ingrid Fjeldheim just missed a top 10 finish by about a second as she crossed the finish line with a time of 16:05 for 11th. Randi Vermelid (16:24) was 16th and teammate Caitlin Cassidy (16:39) 18th in the event.
Three NMU skiers were the top collegiate skiers to break the tape in the freestyle race. DeWitt was the first collegiate skier with a clocking of 42:32. Soderman (42:33) was next as she was followed by Fjeldheim (42:33). Bergland skied to a eighth-place finish with a time of 42:34. Gillis (42:34) was 10th in the event. Cassidy (43:48) was 21st as she was followed by teammate Vermelid (45:26) in 28th.
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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