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      NMU Nordic Skiing leads after first day of CCSA Championships

      NMU -- The Northern Michigan University Nordic skiing team leads both the men's and women's divisions after the first day of competition at the Central Collegiate Ski Association Championships at Al-Quall.

      On the men's side the Wildcats lead the competition with 66 points followed by Alaska with 62 points and St. Scholastica with 52. The NMU women also lead with 66 points followed by St. Scholastica with 50 and Michigan Tech with 49.

      "It was a nice day of skiing for us, the conditions were great and we competed well," said NMU head coach Sten Feldjeim. "Today was great, it couldn't have been better and we had a great competition today. We have a good solid team that can both skate and classic so we are going to be hard to beat tomorrow."

      Sophomore Mary Kate Cirelli won the women's 5K classic race with a time of 11.48.3. Sophomore Hannah Boyer finished second overall with a time of 12:09.6 followed by Felicia Gesior in seventh at 12:30.5.

      Junior Kyle Bratrud was third overall and the second in the CCSA in the men's 10K classic race finishing with a time of 20:46.8. Freshman Fredrik Schwencke finished fourth overall and third in the CCSA at 20:48.4 while senior George Cartwright was fifth overall and fourth in the CCSA with a time of 21:00.1.

      The Wildcats complete competition at the CCSA Championships Sunday at Al-Quall with the women's freestyle race at 10 a.m. followed by the men's freestyle race at 12:30 p.m.