Great start for NMU Cross Country Skiers at National Championships

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STOWE, Vt. The Northern Michigan University Nordic Skiing team took part at the NCAA Championships in the Freestyle and came away with a total of four All-Americans with two reaching the podium.

MEN'S 10K FREESTYLE
The men raced first in the 10K Freestyle and were led by senior Ian Torchia (Rochester, Minn.), who finished third with a time of 24:45.1 and was just .3 away from second place. Junior Zak Ketterson (Bloomington, Minn.) came in at 25:11.3 to place tenth. Out of a total of 40 racers, sophomore Kjetil Baanerud (Oslo, Norway) finished 16th, crossing the line at a time of 25:17.9.

Torchia was named a First Team All-American while Ketterson was named Second Team All-American.

WOMEN'S 5K FREESTYLE
In the women's 5K Freestyle, freshman Abigail Jarzin (Green Bay, Wis.) finished seventh in the 40-person field, posting a time of 13:50.0. Senior Nicole Schneider (Plymouth, Minn.) crossed at a time of 13:55.7 to place ninth. The pair also earned Second Team All-American honors.

Rounding out the women's results was junior Julie Ensrud (Saltnes, Norway), who finished at 34th with a time of 14:46.2.

TEAM RESULTS
As a team, NMU is fourth out of 24 teams with 117 points and are just three points out of third place. The men's team is in second place with 70 points while the women are in fifth place with 47 points.

UP NEXT
The Wildcats will return to action on Friday as they compete in the Classic race.