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Wildcats earn top skiing spots

MINNEAPOLIS – The Northern Michigan University nordic ski team placed nine men’s and women’s skiers in the top 16 of the freestyle races at the Twin Cities Championship Sunday.

The women’s team placed all five of its skiers in the top 13 while the men had four skiers in the top 16.

Senior Jordyn Ross was second in the women’s 5-kilometer freestyle race in 15 minutes, 17.7 seconds. Junior Felicia Gesior was third overall, clocking 15:25.6, while freshman Vera Gruber crossed in a pack of three skiers and finished ninth to round out the top 10 finishers for NMU.

Sophomore Sophie Schimpl (15:58.4) was 11th and sophomore Megan Edic 13th (15:59.7).

Sophomore Adam Martin led three Wildcats in the top five in the men’s 10K freestyle race in 21:17.9, which was good for third place. Sophomore Fredrik Schwencke was fourth in 21:27.9. Senior Erik Soderman rounded out the Wildcats’ top-five finishers, coming in fifth in 21:37.6.

On Sautrday, the NMU men swept the podium, while the women claimed three of the top 10 places.

Schwencke won the men’s 15K classic in 39:20.2, while Martin was just next in 39:23.2 and Soderman third in 39:41.8. Sophomore Krystof Kopal was 13th in 42:28.9.

Gesior finished second in the women’s 10K classic in 30:40.1. Ross was fourth in 31:01.9, Schimpl ninth in 31:47.5 and Edic 12th in 32:13.2.