Northern Michigan’s Kyle Bratrud and Jordyn Ross have been named the CCSA skiers of the week, the conference office announced Thursday. The duo played a vital role in lifting the Wildcats to a clean sweep of the CCSA titles at Mt. Itasca, as NMU claimed the men’s, women’s and overall trophies.
Bratrud, who has raced a limited CCSA schedule this season while skiing for U.S. Ski Team at the U23 World Championships, picked up right where he left off, claiming a pair of second place finishes at the conference championships. The Minnesota native just missed out on a CCSA individual crown as well, finishing just one second behind teammate Erik Soderman in the men’s 20K mass start freestyle event.
Ross, meanwhile, has been one of the Wildcats’ most consistent performers throughout the 2013 season, and proved her value to the NMU side with two top-five finishes at Mt. Itasca last weekend. Ross earned a podium position in the 5K classic race, taking third in the event, and placed fourth in the 15K mass start skate race on Sunday. All told, she amassed 49 points for the Wildcats over the weekend – tops on the team.
Bratrud, Ross and the rest of the CCSA field hit the trails for the final NCAA qualifier this weekend, where the region’s final spots at nationals will be decided. The action gets underway Sat., Feb. 23, with individual start classic races (10K for men, 5K for women) before Sunday’s finale – a 15K mass start freestyle for the men and 10K mass start skate for women.