Hanneman 8th, Irwin 19th in Freestyle Sprint, 7 named to US World Junior and U23 Team


Logan Hanneman of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Deedra Irwin of Michigan Tech led the CCSA Saturday on the final day of the US Cross Country Championships in Houghton, Michigan.

There was a strong Michigan contingent for the CCSA in Saturday’s freestyle sprint race. Leading the CCSA women were Michigan Tech’s Deedra Irwin and Alice Flanders, placing 18th and 19th respectively.

Northern Michigan University also had a strong showing with five women in the top thirty. Caroline Brisbois was 20th, Jordyn Ross 21st, Vivian Hett 22nd, Felicia Gresior 24th, and Kristen Bourne was 28th.

Logan Hanneman led the CCSA men, skiing the second fastest qualifying race overall with a time of 3:35.65. He advanced to the quarterfinal heats along with NMU’s Kyle Bratrud.

Hanneman won his quarterfinal heat, edging out APU’s Tyler Kornfield by a tenth of a second to advance to the semifinals. The day would end with Hanneman in 8th, and Bratrud 19th.

Overall it proved to be a great week for CCSA skiers at US Nationals, with several podiums and no less than seven CCSA skiers being named to represent the United States at the Junior World and U23 Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan during the first week of February.

Named to the Under 23 team were Michigan Tech’s Deedra Irwin, NMU’s Kyle Bratrud, and UAF’s Logan Hanneman. The Junior World Championship team will include Michigan Tech’s Tom Bye, and NMU’s Vivian Hett, Kristen Bourne, and Ian Torchia.

“It is a great reflection on our conference and our programs collectively to be so competitive at our national championships,” said CCSA President Chad Salmela. “The CCSA and Midwest region in general had one of their best US Nationals showings in recent memory.”

Full results at myrace.com