SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The second day of competitionof the U.S. Cross Country Championships at the Olympic Venue was held onWednesday (Jan. 5).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The skiers competed in the menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 10K classic and the womenhad the 5K classic.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Once again current and former ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were participating inthe event as Lindsay Williams highlighted the dayÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s races.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She was fifthoverall, but the third placing American in the womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s classic race.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Williamscovered the 5K course in a time of 16:44.3 about 28 seconds behind the winner.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Lindsey Weier placed eighth overall, but was the fifth fastest American(16:57.1).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Morgan Smyth was 15th overall and was the top placingjunior in the event with a time of 17:16.4.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Former ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats Aubrey Smith was 23rd (17:32.0), CaitlinCompton was 34th (18:02.3) and Hilary Patzer was 35th(18:04.0).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Current NMU skiers Tami Kochen placed 45th (18:12.0)followed by Maria Stuber in 47th (18:12.9), Viktoria Koskenoja in 53rd(18:18.0), Laura Dewitt in 72nd (18:43.0), Kelly Ahern in 73rd(18:44.6) and Jennifer Wygant in 77th (18:51.0).
Chris Cook, former NMU skier, led the men with a 12thplace overall showing in the menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s classic race.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His time of 29:25.7 put himas the seventh fastest American in the race.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Others who placed with NMU tiesincluded Bryan Cook in 28th place (30:16.4) and Bret Bedard who wasthe third placing junior was 39th (30:37.0).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bob Baldwin was 67thoverall (31:45.6) as teammate Bill Bowler was the next skier to cross thefinish line in 68th (31:47.3).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Gus Kaeding (32:09.1) and JustinSingleton (32:09.6) were 76th and 77th respectively.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ryan Kerrigan rounded out the NMU skiers with a 106th place(33:00.5) showing in the event.
The event will continue through Monday, Jan. 10.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚