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      NMUâ??s Cirelli tops CCSA field at Telemark Chase

      CABLE, Wis. â?? Northern Michigan University sophomore Mary Kate Cirelli was the top collegiate finisher and second overall as the Wildcats Nordic skiing team completed action at the Telemark Chase Sunday.

      Cirelli posted a time of 16:39 in the 5K classic race winning her first Central Collegiate Ski Association event of the season. Junior Felicia Gesior was seventh overall and fourth in the CCSA posting a time of 17:00.01. Freshman Kristin Bourne was 11th overall and seventh in the CCSA with a time of 17:12.0.

      Junior Kyle Bratrud followed up his freestyle win on Saturday by finishing second in the men's 10K on Sunday with a time of 27:14.1. Freshman Fredrik Schwencke placed sixth for the Wildcats with a time of 27:54.8 while senior George Cartwright was 10h at 28:21.8.

      "I think it was a great weekend for both the men and the women, we had some good performances from some new people," said NMU head coach Sten Fjeldheim. "Kristen Bourne skied really well. I thought the women had a really good showing. On the men's side George Cartwright had one of his better classic races. It was a solid weekend for us. We have a few things to work on but I was pleased with the results."

      The Wildcats return to action Jan. 24-25 at the Mt. Itasca Distance before hosting the CCSA Championships Feb. 8-9 at Al Quaal.