PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Northern Michigan University Nordic Skiing sent six to the United States Distance Nationals and competed against some of the top professional skiers in the country.
| MEN'S FREESTYLE SPRINT
Sophomore Daniel Streinz (Hersey, Maine) led the Wildcats on the first day by finishing sixth in the 1.4 kilometer Freestyle Sprint. Streinz posted a time of 2:51.47. In 17th was junior Zak Ketterson (Bloomington, Minn.), who finished in a time of 2:51.79 but missed out on reaching the finals.
| WOMEN'S FREESTYLE SPRINT
The women also competed at the same sprint distance with junior Julie Ensrud (Saltnes, Norway) leading the way for the women with a time of 3:26.70 for 23rd place. Right behind in 24th place was freshman Nadine Matter (Engelberg, Switzerland) who notched a time of 3:27.01.
| MEN'S 15K CLASSIC
Torchia paced the men in the 15K Mass Start Classic race with a time of 39:05.9 to finish 11th in the field of 61. Aas-Rolid, 39:49.4, gave NMU another top-20 finish by taking 18th. Ketterson finished 30th with a time of 41.31.6 and Streinz was 39th place as he crossed at 42.22.4.
| WOMEN'S 10K CLASSIC
In the women's race, Ensrud timed in at 33:53.9 for 30th place. Matter was 34th with a finishing time of 34:13.8. The Classic race featured 44 competitors.
| MEN'S FREESTYLE 50K
In the men's final race, Ketterson finished in the top ten with a time of 2:22:57.6. His 10th place finish came in a field of 41 skiers. Crossing in 2:30:55.0 was Torchia for 20th place, while Aas-Rolid was 30th with a time of 2:40:22.8. Rounding out the men's racers was Streinz in 33rd, recording a time of 2:47.31.4.
| WOMEN'S FREESTYLE 30K
The women's freestyle consisted of 32 skiers with Matter's time of 1:31.44.9 giving her 24th place. Ensrud did not have a recorded recorded time.
| FINISHING THE YEAR
The team's 2018-19 season schedule now comes to a close. The Wildcats featured six All-Americans at the NCAA Championships and a fourth-place team finish among Nordic teams, with the men finishing second on the men's side. The squad also captured the NCAA Central Regional with Ketterson and freshman Abigail Jarzin (Engelberg, Switzerland) earned Central Collegiate Skiing Association Skiers of the Year with Sten Fjeldheim receiving Coach of the Year honors.