ISHPEMING, Michigan (WLUC) – The men’s and women’s Nordic ski team competed at the CCSA Championships on February 12-13, 2022 at Al Quaal in Ishpeming, Michigan. The men’s team won the competition and the women placed second.
15,000 km free women
The Wildcat women battled the high temperatures to score 54 points in the 15km freestyle. Merle Richter won her first-ever collegiate gold medal with a time of 54:26.2. Hilde Eide joined her teammate on the podium in third with a time of 54:40.1. Katerina Hyncicova (54:47.1) and Pearl Harvey (57:26.7) also appeared in the top 10.
20,000 km free men
Kjetil Baanerud led the Wildcats with a first-place finish. He clocked 58:18.8. Xavier Mansfield was next for the men, finishing 10th with a time of 59:27.6. Tobias Moosmann (1:00:00.2) also made a Top-15 appearance. The men finished the day with 41 points.
Recurve 5K women
The women competed in the 5k classic in Sunday’s race, with four Wildcats placing in the top 10. Merle Richter finished third in the race. She finished with a time of 15:58.6. Hilde Eide finished fifth with a time of 16:05.9. Seventh and tenth respectively, Lauren Mccollor (16:18.0) and Katerina Hyncicova (16:36.2).
Classic 10 km men
The second race for the men was the 10 km classic. Six Wildcats scored in the top 11. Leading the pack and coming in first was Kjetil Banerud with a time of 27:15.1. Behind him in fourth, fifth and sixth were Xavier Mansfield (27:44.3), Daniel Streinz (28:10.2) and Kristoffer Karsrud (28:10.2). Then, in 10th and 11th, Tobias Moosmann with a time of 28:41.5, and Cooper Lennox just six seconds behind him, finishing at 28:47.4
The men took first place finishing with a score of 94.
The women took second place with 102 points.
Next up for the Wildcats will be a road trip to Duluth, Minnesota where they will compete in the NCAA Central Region Championships. The ‘Cats will compete Saturday, February 19 in the classic 5/10k races. Sunday, February 20 will include the teams’ 15/20 km skating races.
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