Lindsay Williams Wins First National Title
SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ Past and present NMU skiershave been competing at the 2005 U.S Cross Country Championships on the Olympictrails at Soldier Hollow.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Lindsay Williams captured the womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s classic sprintrace on Saturday (Jan. 8) for her first national title.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The skiers competed inthe menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 10K and womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 5K freestyle events and the menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s and womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s classicsprints.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Also the 2005 College Cup was decided from the womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 5K classic andfreestyle event and the menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 10K freestyle and classic events.
Williams won the womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s classic sprint event on Saturday(Jan. 8) in a time of 3:49.94 which was a little more than a second faster thanthe second place finisher, Wendy Wagner from the U.S. Ski Team (3:50.97).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ FormerNMU skier Lindsey Weier was 14th (3:58.21) as she was followed byMorgan Smyth in 17th (3:55.05) and Tami Kochen inÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 19thplace (4:00.86).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Four other skiers with NMU ties finished in 25ththrough 40th place.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hilary Patzer was 25th (4:07.09)followed by Maria Stuber in 29th (4:11.53), 30th wasCaitlin Compton (4:11.67) and Jennifer Wygant in 35th place(4:16.84).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Bryan Cook and Gus Kaeding were the only men skiers to placeon the menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s side of classic sprint.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Cook was 25th (3:27.45) asteammate Kaeding was 27th (3:28.02).
Williams and Kochen placed in the top 12 in the womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 5Kfreestyle race on Thursday, Jan. 6.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Williams was ninth as she covered thecourse in a time of 15:55.6 with Kochen about eight seconds behind in 12thplace (16:03.5).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Smyth was 19th (16:11.5) as she was followed byPatzer in 29th (16:33.4) and Compton in 30th (16:34.2).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Placing in the top 55 were Stuber in 45th (16:58.4) and Wygant in 54th(17:16.1).
The men raced the 10K freestyle event on the same day.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ BretBedard was the top junior in 25th place overall in a time of27:36.9.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Cook was 31st with a clocking of 27:58.6.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kaedingfinished in 93rd place overall with a time of 30:12.7.
The NMU women captured the College Cup with 27 points as the University of New Mexico was second with 90 points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On the menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s side theNMU men were fifth with 139 points as Denver was the top team with 37 points.