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MTU CXC Cup Kick-Off Recap

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The MTU CXC CUP races showed a competitive start to Midwest racing at both the Junior and Collegiate level. There was an impressive 450 plus racers in all of the events that took place over the weekend. The skiers and spectators lucked out unusual warm and sunny weather. The race course has good snow cover and fast conditions despite a “low” snow fall total so far this year in Houghton. The Saturday race for the women consisted of an interval start 5k classic. Staying undefeated so far this season, Sarah Goble (MTU) was the fastest collegiate skier in a time of 15:56.4. In what was the closest finish of the season so far, Nicole ...

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NMU Open Recap

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The weekend of racing took place at Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming, MI. Hosted by Northern Michigan University we saw solid competition from Michigan Tech University, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, and the College of Saint Scholastica. This early season race was the first look at the 2018-2019 Ski Season. The Saturday race for the women consisted of an interval start 5k freestyle race. Leading the field was Sarah Goble (MTU) with a blistering time of 14:35.4. Following +7.3 seconds behind was Nicole Schneider (NMU), and rounding out the podium was Sarah Bezdicek (NMU) in 14:54.9. Both Goble and Schneider are the top returning women for their respective teams. Top UWGB skier, Sadie Peterson, finished ...

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Rhinelander CCSA Qualifier Recap

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On January 28th, the CCSA teams traveled to Rhinelander, WI, for the CCSA Qualifier hosted by the Northwoods Nordic Ski Club, University of Wisconsin Green Bay and College of Saint Scholastica. The race for the weekend was a classic interval start, 15K for the men and 10K for women. Kjetil Banerud from NMU raced to the top position in the men’s field with time of 41:15.6. Teammate Lars Soensterud finished second, just a few seconds back. MTU’s Gaspard Cuenot was third in a time of 41:49.1 and just below the podium spots was Tamer Mische-Richter (4th) from Saint Scholastica and Jacob Ajax (5th) skiing for UWGB. The women’s field was led by Vivian Hett from Northern ...

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CCSA Recap of the 2018 Gitchi Gami Games

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After a two week break, the CCSA teams continued their official race season this past weekend at the Birkie Trailhead in Cable, WI, with the Gitchi Gami Games. The women kicked off the race weekend with a five kilometer classic individual race. The collegiate field was led by Vivian Hett (3rd) from Northern Michigan, crossing the finish line at 15:04.9, followed by her teammates Kristen Bourne (4th), Anikken Alnaes (5th) and Sarah Bezdicek (6th). Another top ten finisher was Maria Hauer (7th) representing St. Cloud State University. The College of St. Scholastica was led by Kelsey Dickinson (12th), Michigan Tech by Sarah Goble (16th) and UWGB by Oda Bekkestad, coming in 43rd. NMU’s Kjetil Banerud led the ...

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2017 NCAA Championships Recap

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The teams of the CCSA traveled to Jackson, NH last week to compete in the 2017 NCAA Championships hosted by the University of New Hampshire. On Thursday, March 9th the men competed in the 10K classic individual start race while the women raced a 5K in difficult, constantly changing snow conditions. Two days later, on March 11th, was the 20K mass start skate race for men and 15K for women. Martin Bergstrom of the University of Utah won the men’s race while Fredrik Schwencke of the Northern Michigan University Wildcats led the CCSA with a 6th place finish. Schwenckes’s teammate, Adam Martin, finished just behind in 7th place to take the top American spot in the ...

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Field announced for 2017 NCAA Championships

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With the upcoming NCAA skiing championship being held in Jackson, New Hampshire, the Central Region is sending its top athletes to compete along with the top collegiate skiers in the country. The Nordic events will take place on March 9 and 11, starting with classic interval races and followed by skate mass start. The skiers who qualified, has been officially announced by NCCA and the CCSA will be represented by the total of 13 athletes. Northern Michigan University will deploy two full teams. On the men’s team, Adam Martin and Fredrik Schwencke will be accompanied by freshman Zak Ketterson. The women’s team consists of Kristen Bourne, Vivian Hett and Nicole Schneider. Shane MacDowell commented: “We ...

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NCAA Central Region Skiing Championships Recap

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Ishpeming, MI - The two days of the CCSA/NCAA Regional Championships, held at Al Quaal Recreation and Outdoor Center by the Northern Michigan ski team, presented several challenges for the collegiate teams. First, the conjunction of the collegiate race with the USSA Super Tour brought a significant increase in competition and numbers. Professional athletes from across the nation attended the event vying for a top podium spot. The second challenge was the unusually high temperatures for mid-February. On Saturday, the women faced three 5K laps during their mass start freestyle event. Northern Michigan women swept the collegiate podium, placing Nicole Schneider in first (44:59.8), Kristen Bourne in second and Vivian Hett in third. Kelsey Dickinson from ...

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Northern Michigan Sweep Men’s and Women’s Podiums in Rhinelander

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Rhinelander, WI – Teams of CCSA took part in 5 and 10 kilometer classic races held on COVAC ski trails. Originally, this weekend was supposed to be dedicated to relays but due to previous changes, the University of Wisconsin Green Bay had to accommodate changes as host of this race. Adam Martin, representing Northern Michigan, clocked in at 26:33.28 and set the fastest time for the men’s 10K. Martin’s teammate Fredrik Schwencke, who similarly to Martin, decided to only double pole, took second and Lars Sonsterud rounded up the podium occupied by the Wildcats. Tom Bye and Tomi Mikkonen were the top men of Michigan Tech, taking fifth and sixth respectively. Breaking into the top 10 ...

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CCSA Distance Championships: Bourne captures both days, Schwencke wins day 1 Ketterson takes Day 2

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Houghton, MI – The first weekend of February brought Central Collegiate teams to Houghton, Michigan in order to find the CCSA distance champions. The hosting university, Michigan Tech, and its grooming crew, prepared outstanding trail conditions. Temperatures stayed around 20 degrees with mostly cloudy skies and small snow showers on both days. Men took on an individual start 10k classic on Saturday and mass start 20k skate Sunday while the distances for women were 5 and 15 kilometers respectively. Saturday’s racing kicked off with the men’s 10k classic. Northern Michigan swept the podium placing Fredrik Schwencke in first with a time of 28:22.0 a 40 second lead on second place Zak Ketterson and third place ...

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Duluth Hilltop Invite: Schneider and Cuenot Lead CCSA on Day 1, Marshall and Lucca on Day 2

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The weekend of January 28th and 29th brought the teams of the CCSA to Duluth, Minnesota for the Duluth Hilltop Invite hosted by the College of Saint Scholastica. Saturday’s race, 5k and 10k individual freestyle for women and men respectively, went as planned but the Sunday classic distance was changed to freestyle due to an insufficient amount of snow. This change left only the first day as a CCSA/NCAA qualifier point race causing some teams to leave after the first race. Starting the day off with the women’s 5k, Nicole Schneider from Northern Michigan captured another freestyle victory with a time of 13:19 followed by her teammates Vivian Hett (2nd) and Sophie Schimpl (3rd). “I thought ...

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