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CCSA Recap: Mt. Itasca

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The CCSA traveled to Northern Minnesota this past weekend to race at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine- typically known for its cold weather and biathlon center. The weather did not disappoint, with cold temperatures threatening the possibility of racing the mass starts on Sunday, but in the end, it was just warm enough (above -4*F). On Saturday, CCSA athletes took around the course in the skate individual start. With a bunch of fresh snow from the night before, the course was a bit soft, but it did not stop the skiers from racing fast. “The skate race went surprisingly well,” NMU’s Mathias Rolid said after placing 2nd behind teammate Kjetil Baanrud. “I’ve never been really good in ...

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CCSA Spotlight: The Michigan Tech Women’s Team

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Michigan Tech’s Women’s Nordic Ski Team has been on the rise over the last couple of years. While historically, they have a record of having one or two strong women who qualify for NCAAs each year, the depth of this year is one that has not been seen before in the program’s history. This was confirmed with the win of the College Cup at the U.S. Cross-Country Ski National Championships, as the MTU Women’s team grabbed the top spot for women’s collegiate programs. [caption id="attachment_1572" align="aligncenter" width="300"]

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U.S. National Championships Part 2

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The last two days of Nationals consisted of snowy classic days, with a classic distance mass start on Sunday and a classic sprint on Tuesday. Kjetil Bånerud (NMU) continued his strong week with 8th in the men’s 30k and Reid Goble (MTU) followed as the next CCSA skier in 17th. Henriette Semb (MTU) and Amanda Kautzer (MTU) led the women’s 20k in 18th and 19th, during the almost whiteout blizzard. In the boy’s 10k race, Gus Schatzlein (CSS) was the top CCSA guy of the day in 19th followed by NMU’s Matt Bourne in 26th. In the girl’s race, Savanna Fassio (NMU) held onto 13th, barely nicking Anabel Needham (MTU) for the top CCSA spot. [caption ...

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U.S. National Championships Part 1

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The CCSA has had a superb start to the new year at the U.S. National Championships in Houghton. Thursday was the skate sprints, and the CCSA put a mark on the field. In the men’s race, three skiers made the top 10- with Kjetil Baanerud (NMU) crushing the heats to get 4th in the final, and Tobi Moosman (NMU) and Mathias Rolid (NMU) placing 9th and 10th in the semi-finals. Seven CCSA women made the top 30 and skied in the senior heats. Amanda Kautzer (MTU) led the women in 7th, and freshman Molly Miller snuck into the top 10, as the first junior. Sarah Goble (MTU), Henriette Semb (MTU), and Katerina Hyncicova (NMU) finished ...

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Pre-Nationals Race Recap

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A warm weekend in Houghton, Michigan for the first big match up in the CSSA this season, and it was an excellent preview for U.S. Nationals which is at the beginning of January. It was a highly competitive field on both Saturday and Sunday, with cameos from Stratton Mountain School’s Elite Team members, Ian Torchia and Alayna Sonnesyn and Eastern Colligate skiers who came back to the Midwest for a holiday break. [caption id="attachment_1552" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Women's A Final Heat on Saturday[/caption] Saturday was the exciting skate sprints, with qualifiers in the morning, and heats in the afternoon. Sonnesyn crushed the qualifier, being the fastest skier by 7 seconds. Malin Börjesjö (NMU) was 2nd, and Amanda Kautzer (MTU) was ...

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2019-2020 Season Opener Recap

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A busy race weekend across the Midwest proved that the competition between the CCSA teams and individuals will be very close this year. With lows dipping around -17 degrees Fahrenheit in Duluth, the College of Saint Scholastica (CSS) had a strong home race weekend in the chilly opener. In the Upper Peninsula, the more tropical weather (temperatures in the 20s) did not take away from the stiff competition between Northern Michigan University (NMU) and Michigan Technological University (MTU). [caption id="attachment_1537" align="alignright" width="300"] Bratbak (1), Schatzlein (2), and Matelich (3) had a CSS podium sweep (CSS Instagram)[/caption] CXC Opener - Duluth, MN CSS opened up the racing season with a big bang, claiming the top three spots in the ...

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2020 Season Preview

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A new ski season is on the horizon and teams around the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) Region have been preparing for the opening races in December.  The CCSA consists of six women’s programs and five men’s programs- a combination of DI, DII, and DIII teams. One big highlight this racing season includes the U.S. National Championships hosted in Houghton, Michigan. This is a huge advantage for Midwest athletes for qualifying for trips such as the Junior World Championships and U23 World Championships (and possibly the World Cup being hosted in Minneapolis this spring?) as last time U.S. Nationals were in Houghton, ten Midwest athletes qualified for international trips. Last season, Northern Michigan University led the CCSA ...

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2019 CCSA Skiers and Coach of the Year

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  Male Skier of the Year – Zak Ketterson (NMU) Zak Ketterson has been voted as the Male Skier of the Year for the CCSA. Ketterson was one of the most consistent skiers during his entire Junior year season. Coming off a strong 17/18 season where he finished as the 4th ranked CCSA skier, he moved up to take the top spot in the CCSA, over 9 points in front of the next finisher. Ketterson started the year off strong, claiming the top collegiate spot in both of the classic races at the US Senior National Championships in Craftsbury, VT. He continued on his dominant form during the regular season, winning every CCSA ...

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CCSA Recap of the 2019 NCAA Championships

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The NCAA National Championships have just wrapped up in Stowe, Vermont. The races, hosted by the University of Vermont, were located at the famous Trapp Family Lodge just outside of Stowe. It was a picturesque week with plenty of sunshine and great weather for all of the athletes. In total, 12 athletes from the CCSA were represented at the championships. NMU qualified a full 6 member team including Kjetil Banerud, Zak Ketterson, Ian Torchia, Julie Ensrud, Abigail Jarzin, and Nicole Schneider. MTU qualified 2 men and 2 women including Patrick Acton, Kristoffer Vollset, Sarah Goble, and Amanda Kautzer. CSS qualified 1 man, Emil Book Bratbak, and UWGB qualified 1 woman, ...

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Central Regional Championships Recap

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It was an exciting last weekend of racing in the CCSA at the Central Regional Championships in Houghton, MI. Mother nature threw everything she could must at the athletes and made for an unforgettable weekend. Saturday was a perfect day for the interval start skate races, but things turned interesting on Sunday when the UP snow machine turned on and the winds started to crank up. Nearly 12 inches of snow and wind gusts above 50 mph made for a wild mass start classic race that took more mental strength and perseverance than physical to win the day. The first race on Saturday was the men's 10km interval start skate race. ...

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