CRAFTSBURY, Vt.—Northern Michigan University Nordic Skiing wrapped up the U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships on Tuesday following four competitions over a six-day span. After the completion of the event, three Wildcats qualified for the U-23 World Championships set to take place in Lahti, Finland later this month.
All three qualifiers came from the men's team with senior Ian Torchia (Rochester, Minnesota), junior Zak Ketterson (Bloomington, Minnesota) and sophomore Daniel Streinz (Hersey, Maine) all advancing to the event. The trio will travel to Lahti, Finland for the U-23 World Championships which will begin January 21 and last through January 25.
Torchia advanced to the same event last year and had another strong showing at this year's U.S. Nationals. In the 15-kilometer classic race, Torchia turned in a top-20 performance when he crossed the finish line in 12th with a time of 43 minutes, 17.30 seconds. He finished 22nd in the 30-kilometer freestyle race with a time of 1:21.13.70.
Ketterson was named the men's Collegiate Grand Champion after being the top collegiate finisher in multiple races during the week. He began the week with an eighth-place finish in the 15-kilometer classic race. In the classic sprints, Ketterson advanced to the finals before finishing sixth. Moving to the freestyle events, he placed 20th in the 30-kilometer race before advancing to the finals in the freestyle sprints and finished sixth. It will also be the second year in-a-row that Ketterson will advance to the U-23 World Championships.
Streinz had a pair of top performances in the sprint events including a fourth-place finish in the freestyle sprints. He fell just short of the finals in the classic sprints with a seventh-place performance.
NMU will now get more than a week off before they travel to Hayward, Wisconsin for the CCSA/CXC Cup on January 19-20.