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      NMU Nordic Skiers capture CCSA Championship

      Courtesy: NMU

      The Northern Michigan University Nordic skiing team captured both the men's and women's title at the Central Collegiate Ski Association Championships at Al Quaal Sunday.

      The men completed the competition with 129 points while the women totaled 133 points over the two-day competition.

      "It was a great weekend, the conditions were perfect, the trail held up really well and our team won so I couldn't be happier," said NMU head coach Sten Fjeldheim. "I love having our home meet, it is an honor for us to put it on. The trail here is really awesome, I mean we have a world class trail here."

      Senior Rosie Frankowski and sophomore Mary Kate Cirelli finished in first and second place respectively in the women's 15K freestyle race. Frankowski finished with a time of 36:15.1 and Cirelli clocked a time of 36:17.1. Sophomore Hannah Boyer finished fifth overall with a time of 36:53.3 followed by freshman Kristen Bourne in 11 th (37:38.6), freshman Sophie Schimpl in 18 th (38:41.3) and junior Felicia Gesior in 20 th (39:06.8).

      In the men's competiton, NMU finished in second and third overall in the men's 20K freestyle race with junior Kyle Bratrud coming in second with a time of 40:24.8, just 1.4-seconds behind Alaska's Logan Hanneman who won the event. Freshman Fredrik Schwencke was just 0.5-seconds behind Bratrud at 40:25.3 to finish third overall.

      Senior George Cartwright finished in seventh place with a time of 40:48.2 followed by sophomore Sam Elfstrom in 11 th (41:46.1), freshman Krystof Kopal in 13 th (42:09.0) and senior Ben Hugus in 18 th (43:18.8).

      Northern Michigan will travel to Houghton, Mich. for the NCAA Regionals on Feb. 15 -16.