NMU Skiers Head to Duluth for CCSA Race

NMU Skiers Head to Duluth for CCSA Race

MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University Nordic Skiing is set to continue their season this weekend in Duluth, Minnesota with the Minnesota-Duluth CCSA Race Saturday and Sunday.

The Wildcats are fresh off wins at the Birkie CCSA and Junior Cup Races last weekend. The women's team took the top spot with 102 total points at the end of both the classic and freestyle events. The men also came away with a victory totaling 91 points.

Senior Vivian Hett (Burnsville, Minnesota) led the women on both days finishing second in Saturday's five-kilometer classic race and third in Sunday's freestyle 10-kilometer race. Five NMU women skiers placed in the top-10 in both day's races.

On the men's side, freshman Kjetil Baanerud (Oslo, Norway) lead the Wildcats in both races, including a victory in Saturday's 10-kilometer classic race. He followed that up with a runner-up performance on Sunday. The men also placed five in the top-10 of Saturday's classic race, while four earned top-10 performances on Sunday.

After the completion of the U.S. Championships earlier this month, it was announced that three NMU skiers qualified for the U-23 World Championships in Goms, Switzerland set for January 28 through February 3. Sophomore Zak Ketterson (Bloomington, Minnesota) and junior Ian Torchia (Rochester, Minnesota) qualified for the men, while junior Nicole Schneider (Plymouth, Minnesota) will head to Switzerland for the NMU women.

The Minnesota-Duluth CCSA Race begins Saturday with classic style events, while freestyle races will take place Sunday.