NMU Captures Victory at Northern Michigan CCSA Races

NMU Captures Victory at Northern Michigan CCSA Races

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Nordic Skiing won all four races over the weekend as the Wildcats competed in the Northern Michigan CCSA Races at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming, Michigan.


Freshman Abigail Jarzin (Green Bay, Wisconsin) recorded her first collegiate victory on Saturday in the women's five-kilometer freestyle race. She defeated the field with a time of 49 minutes, 19.80 seconds, more than 15 seconds faster than the runner-up. Rounding out the NMU scorers for the race were senior Nicole Schneider (Plymouth, Minnesota) and junior Julie Ensrud (Saltnes, Norway). Schneider was the third-fastest skier while Ensrud finished fourth.


The Wildcat men also placed three skiers in the top-five led by junior Zak Ketterson (Bloomington, Minnesota) who was the top finisher. He defeated the field with a time of 55:57.60 in the 10-kilometer freestyle event. Just behind Ketterson was sophomore Kjetil Baanerud (Oslo, Norway) who finished second with a time of 56:08.60. The final NMU scorer was junior Mathias Aas-Rolid (Redalen, Norway) who finished fourth in 58:09.50.


Ketterson again captured first place in Sunday's race, winning the race with a time of 24:38.8.  Close behind in second place was senior Ian Torchia (Rochester, Minn.), who timed in at 25:06.0. Helping NMU sweep the top three spots with a time of 25:54.6 was Banerud. Aas-Rolid finished in seventh place, 26:13.1, and sophomore Xavier Mansfield (Minneapolis, Minn.), captured ninth place with a time of 26:31.3


The Wildcats took the top four spots in Sunday's race, with Schneider pacing the field at a time of 13:45.7. She was followed by Jarzin's time of 13:50.2. In third place, Ensrud notched a time of 14:15.6 to give NMU points. Freshman Nadine Matter (Engelberg, Switzerland) took fourth place with a time of 14:27.9.

NMU had two addition skiers finish in the top ten as senior Sarah Bezdicek (Osseo, Minn.) claimed seventh place, while senior Sophie McDonald (Park City, Utah) came in at eighth place.


Both teams won the team portion on each day and defeated Michigan Technological University, College of Saint Scholastica, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and St. Olaf College. On the women's side, the Wildcats also defeated St. Cloud State University as well.  On Saturday, the men's team posted a total of 108 points and followed with 111 points on Sunday. The women's collected 105 points Saturday and also notched 111 points on Sunday.


NMU will enjoy a weekend away from action before returning for the CCSA Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 16 and 17.