Bryan Cook Wins Freestyle Race
IRONWOOD, Mich. Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University menÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s cross country ski team closed out 2004 by competing at the Grand View XCChallenge Wolverine Nordic event before the Christmas break.
The first day was the classic race as the Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cats had five ofthe top seven finishers.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Adriaan Ostrander was the first Ãƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚˜Cat to cross thefinish line in second place with a time of 28:34.3.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Third and fourth went toBryan Cook (28:35.1) and Ben Cline (28:48.8).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The next two NMU skiers to crossthe finish line were Gus Kaeding (29:24.7) and Bill Bowler (29:39.6) in sixthand seventh place respectively.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Bret Bedard was 13th (30:31.1) ashe was followed by Mike New (30:47.9) in 17th place and JustinSingleton in 27th (31:53.2).
Cook and Bedard were one-two in the freestyle race on thesecond day of competition.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ CookÃƒ¢Ã‚€Ã‚™s time was 26:23.0 as Bedard covered thecourse in 26:44.3.Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Singleton in sixth place (27:47.5) was followed by Kaedingin seventh (27:58.3).Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Ostrander was 12th (28:44.7), New was next inthe 14th spot (29:03.7) and Bowler was 16th (29:09.5).
To begin 2005 the skiers will be at the U.S. SeniorNationals/Junior World Trials in Heber, Utah, Jan. 3-10.