HOUGHTON, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University womenÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s cross country ski team took home the CCSA Regional Championship titles inthe classic and freestyle events over the weekend at Michigan Tech.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUtallied 85 team points in the classic event on Saturday (Feb. 19) as UW-Green Bay was second with 67.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On Sunday (Feb. 20) the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had a total of 86 teampoints to take the freestyle title as UW-Green Bay was second again with 70.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMUhad 171 combined points as UW-Green Bay was second with 137.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The NMU skiers had six of the top eight places in theclassic race.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Only the top three finishers score team points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ LindsayWilliams won the event as she covered the 5K course in 16:45.9 almost five secondsahead of the second place finisher (16:50.6).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The third through the fifthplaces belonged to the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats as Lindsey Weier was third (17:02.2) as she wasfollowed by Morgan Smyth (17:04.0) and Tami Kochen (17:09.8).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Maria Stuberplaced seventh with a time of 17:22.1 and in eighth place was teammate JenniferWygant (18:00.5). ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Williams won her second title over the weekend as shecaptured the freestyle event.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She covered the 10K course in a time of 31:18.1as teammate Weier was second (31:27.7).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Stuber claimed the fourth spot(32:27.1) as teammates Smyth (32:41.4) and Kochen (32:49.0) were the next twoskiers to cross the finish line.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Wygant covered the course in 33:40.4 whichwas good for ninth.
The team will compete next at the NCAA Skiing NationalChampionships in Burlington, Vt. from March 7-13.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Weier, Kochen and Williamsall qualified for nationals.