ST. CLOUD, Minn. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“The NMU womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s cross country ski team won both races at the NCAA Qualifier #4over the weekend at Greystone Trail in St. Cloud, Minn.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On the first day ofcompetition which was Saturday, Feb. 14 the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats won the womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 5K freestyleevent by taking the top four spots.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU tallied 69 points as UW-Green Bay wassecond with 58 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On Sunday the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats made it a clean sweep by taking thewomenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s classic race as NMU had the top three finishers.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ As a team NMU scored69 points as Gustavus was second with 54 points.
Caitlin Compton won the freestyleevent with a time of 14:30.0 a little over 27 seconds better than teammateJennifer Wygant (14:57.9).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Katherine Huemmer was third at 15:05.2 and infourth was fellow ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat Victoria Koskenoja (15:23.4).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Aniya Deitz rounded outthe scoring for NMU by placing sixth in the event (15:29.3).
Compton made it two-for-two as shetook the womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s classic race on Sunday (Feb. 15).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She covered the course in atime of 44:43.6.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The next two spots also belonged to the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats as Koskenojawas second (45:49.2) and Wygant was third (46:12.4).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Deitz and Huemmer werefifth and sixth respectively in the event with times of 46:49.6 and 46:49.6.
The team will compete at the NCAAGreat Lakes Regional which will be held at Michigan Tech the weekend of Feb.28-29.