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Northern Michigan University Wildcats skiers sweep team titles at NCAA Central Regional Championships meet in Ishpeming

Malin Boerjesjoe

ISHPEMING — Northern Michigan University put together two stellar days of skiing to capture team titles at the NCAA Central Regional Championships held at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming on Saturday and Sunday.

NMU captured three titles — the overall victory and both men’s and women’s, too. The Wildcats rolled up 424 points to 349 for runner-up Michigan Tech, while St. Scholastica had 288, Wisconsin-Green Bay 212 and St. Cloud State 57.

Northern’s margins over second-place MTU were nearly the same by gender, as the NMU men had a 39-point advantage, 208-169, while the Wildcat women won by 36 points, 216-180.

The Wildcats also captured three of the four individual championships. NMU’s Malin Boerjesjoe took the women’s five-kilometer freestyle on Saturday while teammate Hilde Eide captured the women’s 15K classic on Sunday.

Northern’s Mathias Aas-Rolid won the men’s 10K freestyle on Saturday with teammate Kjetil Banerud missing the sweep in the men’s 20K classic on Sunday by two seconds as he was runner-up.

Hilde Eide

Boerjesjoe won Saturday in 13 minutes, 45.4 seconds as Molly Miller was runner-up in 13:48.5, Nadine Matter fourth in 13:54.2, Eide sixth in 14:14.1 and Savanna Fassio seventh in 14:20.0.

On Sunday, Eide had a winning time of 55:15.4, Matter second in 55:58.0, Boerjesjoe fourth in 56:04.7, Fassio fifth in 56:18.5 and Pauline Forren eighth in 58:06.1.

For the NMU men on Saturday, Aas-Rolid won in 24:09.9, Banerud was runner-up in 24:18.6, Daniel Streinz fourth in 24:55.1 and Xavier Mansfield eighth in 25:25.6.

On Sunday, Banerud clocked 58:33.4 for his second-place position, just behind St. Scholastica’s Emil Book Bratbak in 58:31.4. Streinz was third in 58:42.7, Maurus Grond fifth in 59:16.3 and Mansfield ninth in 1:00:28.8.

The Wildcats also honored their two seniors, both on the men’s team, Aas-Rolid and Leo Hipp.

Mathias Aas-Rolid

NMU is awaiting individual qualifiers to be named for the NCAA Championship meet once final scores are reported nationwide today. The finals meet will be held in Bozeman, Montana, at the CrossCut Ski Center from March 12-14.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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