MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Nordic skiing team returns after taking a break from competition last week to host the Central Collegiate Ski Association Championships this weekend (Feb. 8-9) at Al Quaal in Ishpeming, Mich.
The CCSA Championships begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with the men's 10K classic event followed by the women's 5K classic event at 12:30 p.m. Sunday the event begins with the women's 15K freestyle at 10 a.m. followed by the men's 20K freestyle at 12:30 p.m.
The Wildcats won the Mt. Itasca Distance in Grand Rapids, Minn Jan. 24-25. Junior Kyle Bratrud won the classic race with a time of 26:26.0, and freshman Fredrik Schwencke placed second (26:59.8). Senior George Cartwright finished second (25:17.6) in the freestyle race.
Sophomore Mary Kate Cirelli led the NMU women in the classic race, finishing fourth overall with a time of 16:19.5. Junior Felicia Gesior was just behind Cirelli in fifth finishing in 16:19.8. In the freestyle race, Geisor was NMU's top finisher, placing second with a time of 15:19.6.
This season, the Wildcats have placed in first or second in each of their competitions that included team scoring. Bratrud ranks first in the CCSA with an overall point average of 118.005. Cartwright is third at 131.798 and Schwencke is sixth at 141.203.
Cirelli ranks first in the CCSA on the women's side with an overall point average of 138.192 followed by Gesior in fourth with 153.737. Sophomore Hannah Boyer is ranked seventh at 170.234 followed by freshman Kristen Bourne in eighth at 170.266.
Following the CCSA Championships, NMU travels to Houghton, Mich. for the NCAA Regional Championships on Feb. 15-16.
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