NMU men, women skiers sweep team titles


By Journal Sports Staff

HOUGHTON — The Northern Michigan University men’s and women’s nordic ski teams swept team championships in all four races while two of its men also took individual titles at the Michigan Tech CXC Cup races held at the Huskies’ Tech Trails over the weekend.

Sophomore Kjetil Baanerud won the men’s 10-kilometer classic race on Saturday in 26 minutes, 25.8 seconds.

The next four finishers were Wildcats’ teammates. Junior Zak Ketterson was runner-up in 26:30.6 and senior Ian Torchia third in 26:33.8 to make the podium.

Rounding out NMU’s top-five sweep was junior Mathias Aas-Rolid in fourth in 27:05.5 and senior Leo Hipp fifth in 27:21.4.


In the women’s 5K classic race on Saturday, Northern senior Nicole Schneider was second among collegians in 15:57.0 and third overall. Not far behind her was freshman teammate Nadine Matter in fourth in 16:06.9, while NMU sophomore Julie Ensrud was eighth in 16.16.5.

In the men’s 10K freestyle race on Sunday, Ketterson won for the third time in four races this season, crossing in 25:29.1 to eke out the victory over Torchia, who was runner-up in 25:30.3.

Finishing the Wildcats’ 1-2-3 sweep was Aas-Rolid in 26:08.8.

In the women’s 10K freestyle, also Sunday, Schneider missed a win by about a half-second, coming in as collegiate runner-up in 30:09.7.

Also making the top five were Ensrud, third in 30:14.6, while NMU freshman Abigail Jarzin was fourth in 30:16.6.

In team scoring, the NMU men posted perfect scores in both races, while the women had 100 points Saturday and 102 Sunday.

Here are other finishers for NMU:

MEN — Daniel Streinz, 7th in classic, 27:25.9; Lars Soensterud, 10th in classic, 27:41.7; Xavier Mansfield, 12th in classic, 27:51.5

WOMEN — Sophie McDonald, 8th in free, 30:17.9, 9th in classic, 16:22.3; Sarah Bezdicek, 9th in free, 31:19.8, 11th in classic, 16:27.6; Abigail Jarzin, 12th in classic, 16:27.9; Katerina Hyncicova, 14th in classic, 16:36.2; 19th in free, 33:09.8; Nadine Matter, 14th in free, 23:25.9.

The Wildcats are off until Jan. 3-8, when they participate in the U.S. Outdoor Nationals in Craftsbury, Vermont.

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