March 2, 2009
HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’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 women’s title with 183 points over Alaska’s 163.
Laura DeWitt and Marie Helen Soderman led the 5K college division classic race Saturday by being the top two skiers in the event. DeWitt crossed the finish line first with a time of 17:33.4 while teammate Soderman was about 27 seconds back (18:00.1). Christina Gillis (18:24.6) placed fourth as she was followed by teammates Ingrid Fjeldheim (18:32.1) seventh and Anna Bergland (18:47.7) 10th. Caitlin Cassidy (18:56.5) and Randi Vermelid (19:02.5) were 13th and 15th respectively. NMU took the classic team title with 95 points over Michigan Tech (82).
Sunday was a different story as two skiers from Alaska took the top two spots in the 10K freestyle race. NMU did place three skiers in the top six. DeWitt led the ‘Cats in the race with a third-place showing in a time of 33:28.4. Fjeldheim (33:37.3) and Gillis (34:33.3) were the next two skiers from NMU in fifth and sixth respectively. The final three NMU skiers in the event were Soderman (35:15.2) 15th, Bergland (35:30.7) 16th and Cassidy (36:23.5) 23rd. The Alaska Nanooks took the freestyle team title with 92 points as the ‘Cats were runner-up (88).
Five skiers from NMU were recently named to the All-Central Collegiate Ski Association Team. Named to the first tem were Soderman, DeWitt, Fjeldheim and Bergland. Gillis was a second team selection to the 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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