Bryan Cook A Two-time Winner
HOUGHTON, Mich. - The Northern Michigan University menÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s cross country ski team defeated the University of Alaska Fairbanks over theweekend at the CCSA Regional Championships to claim the overall title.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The NMUmen won the classic race with 83 team points just two ahead of the Nanooks.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ OnSunday the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats tallied 86 points to claim the freestyle title, UAF was secondwith 74.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU totaled 169 combined points ahead of FairbanksÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™ 155.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Bryan Cook won the 10K classic race with a time of 29:16.3.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Two UAF skiers were next as Gus Kaeding was fourth (30:04.8) and Bret Bedardwas fifth (30:24.5).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bill Bowler in ninth place (30:45.1), Adriaan Ostranderin 10th (30:45.1) and Mike New in 14th (31:15.3) rounded out the top15 skiers for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Only the top three skiers for each team are eligibleto score team points.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Cook then came back on Sunday and took the 15K freestylerace with a time of 40:43.9.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He was ahead of teammate Bedard who was second(41:40.1).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ostraander was the final ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats to score points as he was fourth(41:57.0).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ New (42:35.4), Kaeding (42:40.1) and Bowler (42:42.2) were eighth,ninth and 10th respectively.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The team will compete next at the NCAA Skiing NationalChampionships in Burlington, Vt. from March 7-13.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Cook, Bedard and Kaeding allqualified for nationals.