BIWABIK, Minn. – The Northern Michigan University Nordic ski teams dominated the classic races on Saturday (Jan. 26) at the St. Scholastica Invite from Giants Ridge. The women led with 67 team points while the men scored 65 on the day.
“It was a good day for us today,” NMU head coach Sten Fjeldheim said. “It was a really technical course – they’ve hosted the World Cup here before and it really keeps you on your toes. So we were pleased with how things went.”
The women’s squad took four of the top five spots in the 5.8-kilometer race. Freshman Hannah Boyer won the race in 19:15.3. Junior Jordyn Ross (19:25.9), freshman Mary Kate Cirelli (19:49.0) and freshman Malin Eriksson (19:50.8) finished second, third and fourth.
“Hannah looked really good today,” Fjeldheim said. “Technically, she was pretty good, there’s still some work we have to do. But when you get a bib on her, she’s just really competitive – that’s her biggest strength.”
Junior Rosie Frankowski also finished in the top 10 while sophomore Elizabeth Simak (16th) and freshman Megan Edic (25th) rounded out the skiers for NMU.
Junior Erik Soderman won the men’s 11.6K race in 33:15.3. Senior Chris Bowler (33:54.5) placed third while junior George Cartwright (34:32.7) also scored for the ‘Cats in sixth place.
“It was a good classic race for Erik,” Fjeldheim said. “We’ve been working on changing his rhythm a little bit in classic races, and it went well today.”
Freshman Sam Elfstrom (12th) and junior Ben Hugus (14th) rounded out the men’s skiers.
The teams race in the freestyle on Sunday.
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