NMU Cross Country Skiers win Central Collegiate title

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HOUGHTON, Mi. The Northern Michigan Nordic Ski Team swept the competition this weekend in Houghton, Michigan as both the men and the women took home the championship trophy behind gold medal individual finishes.

Mathia Rolid captured the gold medal on the men's side Saturday afternoon as he clocked in a 10k time of 25:31.5. He was followed close behind by teammate Kjetil Banerud, second overall, with a finishing time of 25:44.70. Xavier Mansfield crossed the finish line fourth overall to round out the Wildcats in the top five with his time of 26:10.6.

Three other men placed among the top-10 on Saturday as Daniel Streinz and Maurus Grond crossed neck-in-neck with each other, taking sixth and seventh overall, respectively, just over a second apart.

Tobias Moosmann was also among one of the top finishers as his time of 26:48.9 was ninth best.

The Wildcat women swept the podium, going one, two, three in the 5k race as Nadine Matter, Malin Boerjesjoe and Molly Miller all placed among the top three.

Matter crossed the line first to clinch gold for team NMU with a time of 15:09.4. Boerjesjoe clocked in only a few seconds later in 15:13 flat while Miller finished just seven-tenths of a second later in 15:13.70.

Hilde Eide, Savanna Fassio and Katerina Hyncicova also finished in the top-10, taking sixth, seventh and ninth, respectively.

On day two of the championships, Mathias Rolid continued his winning ways with his second gold medal of the weekend when he crossed the 20k finish in just over an hour at 1:00:47.7. Daniel Streinz and Kjetil Banerud also placed among the top of the competition with a fourth and fifth place finish for the two men. Streinz finished in 1:01:58.4 while Banerud crossed the line fifth, in 1:02:18.2.

The other Wildcats to finish in the top-10 of the field were Maurus Grond and Xavier Mansfield who crossed in 1:02:28.8 (Grond) and 1:02:46.7 (Mansfield).

After her silver medal performance in the 5k, Malin Boerjesjoe won it all in the 15k with a time of 15:29.2. Molly Miller also medaled in the event, earning bronze when she crossed the line in 51:37.6.

Nadine Matter, who won gold on Saturday, took fifth overall on day two as she crossed the finish line in 52:24.3.

Three other NMU representatives made up the top-10 in Hilde Eide, Katerina Hyncicova and Savanna Fassio. Edie clocked in a time of 53:07.8 for seventh overall while Hyncicova was right behind in eighth with a final time of 53:37.4. Fassio took 10th overall when she crossed the lune in 54:25.3 to give the Wildcats six of the top-10 spots en route to their team championship.

The Wildcats return to Marquette County next weekend when they host for NCAA Central Regional Championships at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming, Michigan. The two day meet gets underway on Saturday, February 22, and will continue on Sunday, February 23.