MARQUETTE, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University cross country ski team has been busy over the last week.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ A group competed at theNCAA Skiing Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colo. while a group of skierscompeted at the Junior Olympic Nordic Championships in Houghton, Mich.
Lindsey Weier finished in third place in the womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s 5Kclassic race with a time of 16:54.3 at the NCAA event on Thursday (March 9).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tami Kochen finished in sixth place with a clocking of 17:06.5.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bryan Cook finishedin third place in the menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s 10K classic race as he covered the course in28:10.6.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
On the final day of the NCAA skiing on Saturday (March 11),Kochen finished in 11th place in the womenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s 15K freestyle race.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ She covered the course in a time of 48:33.5.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On the menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s side in the 20Kfreestyle skate, Cook was 23rd in the event with a time of 59:07.8.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ In the team race, NMU finished in 14th place with 154 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The University of Colorado won the championship with 654 points.Ãƒ‚Ã‚
In Houghton, Morgan Smyth won the individual sprintcompetition on Monday (March 6).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Justin Singleton was fourth and Bill Bowlerfifth respectively on the menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s side of the sprint competition. In the classicraces on Wednesday (March 8) the Wildcats picked up two wins.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Smyth won thewomenÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s 10K classic race with a time of 3:29.1.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ In the menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s 15K classic eventBowler edged out teammate Singleton 43:19.0 to 43:19.4 respectively to take thetitle.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On the final day (March 10), Smyth won the 5K freestyle skate(14:16.8).