March 2, 2009
Banerud And Stokke Lead Wildcats At Regional
HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s Nordic ski team competed at the NCAA Central Regional Championships which were held Saturday-Sunday (Feb. 28 and March 1) at Michigan Tech. NMU won the two-day men’s title with 181 points over MTU’s 178.
Martin Stuge Banerud won the college division 10K classic race Saturday with a time of 29:58.9. Teammate Phil Violett was the next ‘Cat to cross the finish line as he was third (30:14.4). Justin Singleton (31:05.0) and Sindre Stokke (31:13.5) were fifth and sixth respectively. Tim Cook had a top 10 finish as he was ninth with a time of 31:30.0. Kevin Cutts (33:03.7) was the final NMU skier as he was 22nd. NMU captured the team title for the classic with 93 points, which was four points more than MTU (89).
Sunday in the 15K freestyle race the ‘Cats had four skiers in the top 10. Stokke was the top placing ‘Cat in the event with a time of 43:52.3 which was good for third in the college division. Singleton (44:20.6) and Violett (44:21.1) were the next two NMU skiers in fifth and sixth respectively. Cook was the final NMU skier in the top 10 as he was ninth with a time of 44:40.6. Cutts (45:45.8) placed 13th in the race. MTU edge NMU in the team point’s standings for the freestyle race with 89 points as the ‘Cats came in with 88.
Violett, Banerud, Singleton and Cook were named to the All-Central Collegiate Ski Association Team. All four skiers were named to the first team.
The team is off to the NCAA Skiing Championships which will be held next week (March 8-14) in Bethel, Maine.
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