Nordic Wildcats Have Strong First Day At NMU Open

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ISHPEMING, Mich (WLUC) - The first day of competition for the Northern Michigan University nordic ski team proved highly successful as they competed in the freestyle race of the NMU Open.

Three men and four women claimed spots in the top-five in their respective races on the first day of competition, including a first place finisher in Mailin Boerjesjoe (Umeaa, Sweden) in the women's race.

The men's freestyle race saw two Wildcat competitors finish among the top-five with Kjetil Baanerud (Oslo, Norway) clinching silver with a time of 38:58.0. His teammate, Mathias Aas-Rolid (Redalen, Norway) finished shortly after, crossing the line in 40:38.3 for fifth overall.

Tobias Moosmann (Kossen, Austria) finished sixth overall with a time of 40:51.1 followed by Maurus Grond (Davos Monster, Switzerland) who crossed the line seventh in 41:06.4.

The Wildcats in the top-10 were rounded out by Xavier Mansfield (Minneapolis, Minn.) in 41:27.6 who placed 10th in the freestyle race.

The women's race kicked off following the conclusion of the men's competition and saw Mailin Boerjesjoe clinch first overall in her Wildcat debut. The freshman from Umeaa, Sweden, finished with a time of 31:13.3 for the top spot.

The Wildcats had four women place in the top-five overall with Boerjesjoe leading the way. Molly Miller (Kimberly, British Columbia) placed third with a time of 31:39.9 and was followed shortly behind by Hilde Eide (Beitostoelen, Norway) in fourth, crossing the line in 31:42.9. Savanna Fassio (Park City, Utah) rounded out the Wildcats in the top-five with her fifth place finish of 31:45.0.

In total, the Wildcats had six racers finish among the top-10 at the NMU Open on Saturday afternoon with Katerina Hyncicova (Liberec, Czech Republic) taking the sixth place spot in 32:32.1 before Nadine Matter (Engelberg, Switzerland) finished 10th overall with a time of 33:24.3.

The NMU Open closes out competition tomorrow morning with the classic race set to get underway at 10 a.m.

The Wildcats will then have one more outing before the holiday break when they travel to Houghton, Michigan for the Michigan Tech CXC Cup, December 21-22. The two day event on the Tech Trails will feature a skate sprint on Saturday before the 10/10k Classic Distant Mass Start on Sunday.

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