Press Box


SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah â€Â“ The first day of competitionat the 2005 Chevrolet U.S. Cross Country Championships is in the books.  Mondaywas the womenâ€Â™s 15K freestyle and the menâ€Â™s 30K freestyle events.  Current andpast NMU skiers were involved in both races.


Lindsay Williams was eight in the womenâ€Â™s event with a timeof 46:43.3.  Former â€Â˜Cats who were participating in the event were Aubrey Smithand Caitlin Compton as they were 14th (47:39.6) and 22nd(48:23.5) respectively.  Five more NMU skiers then crossed the finish line.  Leadingthe way was Tami Kochen in 28th place (48:54.6), Morgan Smyth was 35th(49:24.1), Jennifer Wygant was 43rd (50:25.7), Viktoria Koskenojawas 45th (50:34.2) and Maria Stuber was 47th (50:47.3).


On the menâ€Â™s side, Bryan Cook was the first â€Â˜Cat to skiacross the finish line as he was 20th with a time of 1:25:14.9. Bret Bedard was 22nd overall with a clocking of 1:25:46.2, but wasthe top finishing junior in the event.  Other skiers for the â€Â˜Cats includedBill Bowler was 52nd overall (1:31:26.6), Justin Singleton was 57th(1:32:13.4), Robert Baldwin was 81st (1:37:24.3) and Ryan Kerriganwas 91st (1:40:50.9).


The skiers will compete next on Wednesday, Jan. 5.  Thewomen will compete in the 5K classic while the men will ski the 10K classic. 




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director