NMU Skiing Captures Men's & Women's Central Regional Victories

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Men's Women's Nordic Skiing teams both collected first place at the NCAA Nordic Skiing Central Regional. Senior Ian Torchia (Rochester, Minn.) and freshman Abigail Jarzin (Green Bay, Wis.) both won their race Saturday.


Torchia captured the men's 10K Freestyle on Saturday with a time of 28:00.2, defeating the field by nearly 46 seconds. In second place, Sophomore Xavier Mansfield (Minneapolis, Minn.) finished at 28:46.0. Sophomore Kjetil Banerud (Oslo Norway) took fourth place with a time of 29:04.5. In sixth place, Junior Mathias Aas-Rolid (Redalen, Norway) came in at 29:30.3 to finish sixth.


Jarzin captured the women's race Saturday with a time of 15:28.9. Senior Nicole Schneider (Plymouth, Minn.) was second at 15:33.0. Senior Sophie McDonald (Park City, Utah) came in sixth and posted a time of 16:52.7. Right behind, Freshman Nadine Matter (Engelberg, Switzerland) was eighth, coming in at 16:56.8. Senior Sarah Bezdicek (Osseo, Minn.), with a time of 16:59.0, finished in ninth place.


Aas-Rolid led the Wildcats Sunday by placing in second place in a time of 1:13:26.4. In fifth place, Mansfield timed in at 1:13:54.1. Sonsterud finished in a time of 1:15:01.7 to take eighth and sophomore Daniel Streinz (Hersey, Maine) took tenth, crossing th line at 1:15:30.6.


Junior Julie Ensrud (Saltnes, Norway) placed second in a time of 59:53.5 to led NMU in Sunday's race with a second-place finish. McDonald, at 1:01:06.0 came in sixth with freshman Katerina Hyncicova (Liberec, Czech Republic) finished seventh in a time of 1:01:14.5. Bezdicek, 1:01:39.2, was tenth while Matter, 1:01:55.6 was 11th.


NMU captured both the men's and women's regional. On the men's side, NMU finished with 197 points, defeating Michigan Technological University, 178 points. They also defeated College of Saint Scholastica, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and St. Olaf College.

The women tallied 193 points to win, besting Michigan Tech who had 185 points. St. Scholastica, UWGB, St. Olaf and Saint Cloud State University rounded out the field.


NMU will return to action for the NCAA Champoinships in Stowe, Vermont. The meet begins Wednesday, March 6 and continues everyday through Saturday, March 9.