HOUGHTON - Northern Michigan University dominated a home nordic skiing meet Saturday, even though a lack of snow forced it to be moved to Houghton.
Wildcat skiers won both classic races and took most of the other top spots, too, at the Michigan Tech University ski trails, where the race was moved because little snow was present at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming. MTU and Wisconsin-Green Bay also competed.
NMU freshman Mary Kate Cirelli won the women's five-kilometer race in 18 minutes, 55 seconds. Junior teammate Jordyn Ross was runner-up 16 seconds later.
In addition, Wildcats junior Rosie Frankowski was third, followed by Elizabeth Simak and Megan Edic in sixth and seventh, respectively. Freshman Malin Erickson rounded out the top 10 for NMU in 10th.
Northern junior Erik Soderman won the men's 10K race in 30:16. He was a national champion and All-American last season for the Wildcats.
Following him were Kyle Bretrud, Chris Bowler and George Cartwright, in third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Ben Hugus rounded out the top 10 for the Wildcats in eighth, while freshman Sam Eflstrom was 11th.
The Wildcat Open continues today with freestyle races.