MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚¢ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚€ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The menÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚¢ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚€ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s cross country ski teamat Northern Michigan University competed at the NMU Invitational over theweekend (Feb. 1-2) at the Al Quaal Trails in Ishpeming.
On Saturday the men skated in the 10K Freestyle race andgarnered 83 points to win the event.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskies of Michigan Tech placed second in the event with 65 points.
The top three skiers from each team scores in theevent.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Finishing in fist place in theevent was Dave Duede with a time of 32:02.1.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hjalmar Westie placed fourth (32:31.0) as teammate Matt Nielsen was nextin fifth place (32:54.2).ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Other NMU skiers who competed in the event, but did notscore were Joey Graci (32:57.7); Jon Filardo (33:17.0); Mike New (33:43.0); BenCline (33:48.5); and Adriaan Ostrander (33:59.6).
Duede led the ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚¢ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚€ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on Sunday (Feb. 2) in the 15K Classicrace as he won the event (56:58.9) to lead the ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚¢ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚€ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats to the team title with 84points.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tech was second with 72points.ÃƒƒÃ‚ƒÃƒ‚Ã‚‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Graci was second in the event(57:32.4) as Westie placed third (57:44.1).
Other NMU skiers included Filardo (58:54.9); Ostrander(58:55.1); Nielsen (59:32.7); New (1:00:57.7); and Cline (1:01:10.7).