January 4, 2006


SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah â€Â“ The first day of competitionat the 2006 U.S. Cross Country Championships is in the books.  The men competedin the mass start 30K freestyle event while the women skated in the 15kfreestyle.  The U.S. Championship results will be considered as part of thecriteria for making the U.S. Olympic Team, to be announced Jan. 17.


Bryan Cook was the lone Northern Michigan University menâ€Â™s skier competing.  He was 21st in the 30K race with a time of1:39:22.4.  Ivan Babikov won the event with a time of 1:25:08.9.  â€ÂœThe 30K wasextremely tough,â€Â Sten Fjeldheim said.


On the womenâ€Â™s side, Lindsey Weier was ninth in the 15K witha clocking of 48:38.7 as teammate Tami Kochen was 12th (49:04.1). Rebecca Dussault won the event in a time of 46:17.7.  Two other members of theNMU cross country ski team competed as Jennifer Wygant was 34th(54:53.6) and Kelly Ahern was 37th (55:44.9).  â€ÂœLindsey Weier hadher top race at nationals,â€Â Fjeldheim said.  â€ÂœI was pleased with all theefforts.â€Â


The menâ€Â™s and womenâ€Â™s sprints are tomorrow (Jan. 5).






Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director