ST. Cloud, Minn.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Over the weekend the NMU menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s cross country ski team competed at theNCAA Qualifier #4 which was held at the Greystone Trails in St. Cloud, Minn.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The first day of competition was on Saturday, Feb. 14 as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats won themenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 10K freestyle event.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Sunday, Feb. 15 the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats made it two in a row bytaking the classic race.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU scored 60 points in thefreestyle race as UW-Green Bay was second with 43 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU again edged UW-Green Bay in the classic race by a score of 60-44.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats took the top three placesin the freestyle race as Bryan Cook was the winner with a time of 25:09.3.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hjalmar Westie was second (25:16.7) as Joey Graci made it a sweep with a timeof 25:37.7.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU also took the ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ fifth, sixth and seventh spots.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bob Baldwinwas fifth (26:04.2) as he was followed by August Kaeding (26:12.0) and AdriaanOstrander (26:15.7).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Michael New placed 12th for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats 26:44.3.
The NMU men took the top fourplaces in the classic race on Sunday.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Cook won his second event of the weekendby covering the course in a time of 53:36.1.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Graci was second (53:38.2),Ostrander was third (53:42.5) and Kaeding fourth (53:42.8) in the event.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Newin sixth place (55:04.4) and Baldwin in ninth (56:24.1) rounded out the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsin the event.
The team will compete at the NCAAGreat Lakes Regional which will be held at Michigan Tech the weekend of Feb.28-29.