MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University men’s and women’s Nordic skiing teams will be hosting the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) Championships (Feb. 13-14) at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming, Mich. This is one of the four sets of NCAA qualifying races which will determine the seven women and eight men who will participate at the NCAA Championships March 10-13 in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
The CCSA Championships begin Saturday (Feb. 13) at 10 a.m. with the men’s 10K classic followed by the women’s 5K classic at approximately noon. These races will take place on the Teal Lake loop.
The event will conclude Sunday (Feb. 14) starting with the women’s 15K freestyle at 10 a.m. followed by the men’s 20K freestyle at approximately noon. Both races will be held on the Olympic loop.
The following schools will be competing at the championships: Alaska (Fairbanks) (men’s and women’s), Gogebic Community College (men and women), Gustavus Adolphus (men’s and women’s), Michigan Tech (men’s and women’s), Northern Michigan (men’s and women’s), St. Benedict (women’s), St. Cloud (women’s), St. Olaf (men’s and women’s), St. Scholastica (men’s and women’s), St. John’s (men’) and UW-Green Bay (men’s).
According to NMU Nordic skiing head coach, Sten Fjeldheim, the Wildcats are looking forward to the home course advantage and feeling more comfortable. He also stated that his teams give no less than 100 percent while competing.
In addition, the ‘Cats have five women and four men who are eligible to qualify for the NCAA skiing championships. Included in this group for the women are Laura DeWitt, Ingrid Fjeldheim, Christina Gillis, Monica Markvardsen and Marie Soderman. Looking for a spot for the men are Chris Bowler, George Cartwright, Tim Cook and Kevin Cutts.
The event is free and open to the public.
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Release by Stanley Jefferson
Sports Information Director