MINNEAPOLIS - Northern Michigan University won its first overall nordic skiing team title of the season when the Wildcat women tied for the top spot at the two-day Mayor's Invitational on Saturday and Sunday in Minneapolis.
NMU and Alaska-Fairbanks each finished with 145 points after the Wildcats topped teams in Sunday's 10-kilometer freestyle with 73.
The men also competed but lacked their normal depth due to a number of team members who were ill and didn't race.
The NMU women placed four skiers in the top 20 of Sunday's 10-kilometer freestyle.
Junior Monica Markvardsen paced Northern in sixth in 23 minutes, 42.7 seconds, and she was also the highest-placing Central Collegiate Ski Association skier in that race.
"We had some real standout races over the weekend," Northern head coach Fjeldheim said. "Junior Rosie Frankowski had two strong races this weekend after struggling in this event the last two years."
In Sunday's men's 15K freestyle, sophomore Erik Soderman was the first NMU skier to finish, taking sixth place in 34:04.9. Like Markvardsen, he was the first skier representing a CCSA school to finish the race.
On Saturday, the women were on the mountain for the 5K classic race and Markvardsen again paced NMU in fifth place in 17:59.6.
In the men's 10K classic, Kjell-Christian Markset was eighth in 23:04.1, with Soderman 15th in 23:22.9.
The 'Cats complete the Central Grand Prix Super Tour portion of their schedule this weekend in St. Paul, Minn.