Bryan Cook Wins Both Races At Central Conference
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern MichiganUniversity menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s cross country ski team competed at the Central Conferenceraces over the weekend at Camp Ripley which is located near Little Falls, Minn.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The event also served as a NCAA qualifier.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had two of the top four finishers onSaturday (Feb. 12) in the 10K classic race and won the team title with 83points one point better than Michigan TechÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 82.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On Sunday in the 16Kfreestyle race NMU had two of the top three finishers and won the team titlewith 86 points which was 10 points better than UW-Green BayÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 76.
Bryan Cook won the classic race in a time of 24:07.8 whichwas a little under a minute over the second place skier Aaron Ditty fromMichigan Tech (25:06.8).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Gus Kaeding was fourth in the event (25:33.9) as BillBowler was seventh (25:44.7).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The next two NMU skiers to place were JustinSingleton in the 10th spot (27:17.5) and Adriaan Ostrander was 30th(28:01.1).
Cook won the other half of the weekendÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s races when he capturedthe freestyle race.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He covered the course in a time of 39:33.0.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TeammateBowler was third in the event with a time of 40:25.9.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kaeding (40:50.9) andOstrander (40:51.6) were sixth and seventh respectively in the race.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Singleton (41:10.1) was 11th in the event.
NMU will ski again at the NCAA Midwest RegionalChampionships which will be held at Michigan Tech from Feb. 26-27.