February 15, 2010
Monica Markvardsen Second In Freestyle Race At CCSA Championships
ISHPEMING, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University women’s Nordic ski team Sunday was second in the team race at the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) Championships. Sunday’s race was the 15K freestyle event. Even though the Wildcats placed three skiers in the top 10, Alaska (Fairbanks) skated away with team honors with 83 points, three more than NMU (80). For the weekend the ‘Cats tallied 162 points from the classic and freestyle races to take team honors. Alaska was second (158) in the team standings.
Monica Markvardsen was the first ‘Cat to skate across the finish line in second place with a time of 38:35.9. Less than 10 seconds later the next ‘Cat finished as Christina Gillis was third with a time of 38:45.4. The final NMU skier in the top 10 was Marie Helen Soderman (29:19.10) in ninth.
Just outside of the top 10 was Ingrid Fjeldheim (40:19.3) in 12th . Two spots back was Libby Ellis 14th with a time of 40:52.3. The next two skiers for the ‘Cats were Karmen Whitham (41:36.3) and Anna Bergland (41:43.5) 17th and 19th respectively. The final two skiers for NMU in the event were Caitlin Cassidy (42:44.3) 25th and Molly Berger (43:50.9) 34th.
NMU is in action next at the NCAA Regional Championships this weekend (Feb. 20-21) in Houghton, Mich.
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