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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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CCSA Mayor’s Challenge Recap

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CCSA racing picked back up again at Theodore Wirth in the Twin Cities over the weekend. This was the one local CCSA race that was also a SuperTour event. Being a SuperTour event it brought some of the best senior skiers in the country, which increased the already high level of competition. This made for some exciting racing which included a mass start classic and interval start skate races. The first race of the weekend was the men's 20 km classic race. The race used a tough 5 x 3.75km loop that incorporated a lot of small climbs and descents. The first three laps we a very tactical affair with ...

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NMU CCSA Recap

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The second of a back-to-back qualifier weekend took place on the first weekend in February. Skiers traveled to Ishpeming for the NMU invite. While the temperatures finally decided to warm-up, mother nature forced the organizers to switch the classic and skate days for a second straight weekend. Warmer conditions and the threat of freezing rain on Sunday made it an easy decision for the coaches to move the classic event to Saturday with cooler forecasted temperatures to make waxing slightly easier. Even with the switches, the weekend of racing was pulled off by the tireless efforts put in by the NMU organizing crew. Saturday was now the 15/20 km mass start classic ...

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Northwoods Nordic CCSA Race Recap

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This past weekend brought the first NCAA qualifier race weekend of four in the Midwest. Northwoods Nordic Ski Club and CAVOC hosted the CCSA in Rhinelander, WI. The trails were in fantastic shape due to the many hours the trail crew and volunteers put in. The big talking point for the weekend was the changes made to the racing schedule and distance due to the cold weather. Extreme cold weather caused the organizers to move the shortened mass start classic to Saturday, and interval starts to Sunday. In addition to switching days, start times were moved to the warmest parts of the day in the afternoon. The steps taken ...

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Gitchi Gami Games Recap

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The University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (UWGB), College of Saint Scholastica (CSS), and St. Cloud State University (SCSU) represented the CCSA at the Gitch Gami Games in Cable, WI this past weekend. This race venue is unique in that the starting line will be skied across by thousands of skiers in one month by competitors in the largest cross country race in North America, The American Birkebeiner. The racers seem to get a little bit of adrenaline at this venue due to the stadium set-up and loud cheering by many spectators. The Saturday races consisted of Classic Sprints. It was a cold start to the morning, but the race organizers were ...

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CCSA US Nationals Recap

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The US National Cross Country Championships took place shortly after the new year in Craftsbury, VT. These world-class trails are located in the remote northern parts of Vermont. Home to many big events, the athletes competing here were in for some great racing. While there were four races over the course of the week, the two important ones in relation to the CCSA were the individual classic and freestyle sprint races. These two events were the first of 10 NCAA qualifying races for the region. The other two races during the week were classic sprints and a freestyle mass start. The first race of the week was the individual classic races. Starting ...

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