Bret Bedard Top Junior At Cross County Ski Championships
SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The first day of competitionat the 2005 Chevrolet U.S. Cross Country Championships is in the books.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mondaywas the womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 15K freestyle and the menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 30K freestyle events.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Current andpast NMU skiers were involved in both races.
Lindsay Williams was eight in the womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s event with a timeof 46:43.3.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Former ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Five more NMU skiers then crossed the finish line.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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 menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s side, Bryan Cook was the first ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat to skiacross the finish line as he was 20th with a time of 1:25:14.9.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bret Bedard was 22nd overall with a clocking of 1:25:46.2, but wasthe top finishing junior in the event.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Other skiers for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Thewomen will compete in the 5K classic while the men will ski the 10K classic.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚