COLERAINE, Minn. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s cross country ski team competed at the NorAm Super Tour at Mt. Itasca, Minn. over the weekend.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Saturday (Jan. 22) was the freestyle event where the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats weresecond in the college division with 62 points, five behind Alaska Fairbanks whowon the event.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UAF also captured the classic race on Sunday (Jan. 23) with 65points one more than the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.
Bryan Cook led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on Saturday with a second placeshowing in the freestyle race with a time of 1:02.96.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He was 1:02.96 behindthe winner from UAF, Thomas Oyberg.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Nanooks took four of the top fiveplaces in the event.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bret Bedard was sixth (28:50.44) followed by teammatesJustin Singleton in seventh (29:00.90) and Gus Kaeding in eighth (29:24.23).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ They were followed by Adriaan Ostrander in 11th (30:05.04) and BillBowler in 13th (30:15.52).
In the classic race on Sunday, the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had three of thetop five finishers in the race.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kaeding was second in the event with a clockingof 28:19.76 a little more than 48 seconds behind the winner from UAF, Oyberg(27:31.25).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Crossing the finish line in fourth and fifth place respectivelywere Cook (28:29.44) and Bowler (28:55.79).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ostrander skied across the finishline in ninth (29:12.49) as he was followed by teammate Bedard in 10th(29:27.36).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Singleton rounded out the NMU skiers with a 13th placeshowing (29:47.29).
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will be at NorAm event, which will be held in Hayward, Wis. this weekend.