HOUGHTON, Mi. Northern Michigan University Nordic Skiing is taking part in the 2020 L.L. Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships at the Tech Trails in Houghton, Michigan and has completed the first two days of the national championships. The Wildcats compete against many of the top skiers in the country throughout the event.
MEN'S FREESTYLE SPRINT
Junior Kjetil Baanerud (Oslo, Norway) led the men's squad by finishing the race in fourth place with a time of 3:15.17. Freshman Tobias Moosmann (Kossen, Australia) crossed the finish line at 3:16.11 for ninth while senior Mathias Aas-Rolid (Redalen, Norway) was right behind for tenth place in 3:16.32.
Junior Daniel Streinz (Hersey, Maine) took 14th as he finished in 3:13.56 while freshman Maurus Grond (Davos Monstein, Switzerland) rounded out the NMU finishers with a time of 3:18.56 for 16th place.
WOMEN'S FREESTYLE SPRINT
Freshman Molly Miller (Kimberley, British Columbia) was the top junior finishers on the women's side and finished tenth overall as she posted a finished time of 3:55.21. Sophomore Katerina Hyncicova (Liberec, Czech Republic) came in at 3:56.03 to take 19th.
Freshman Hilde Eide (Beitostoelen, Norway) took 23rd for the Wildcats, 3:54.50, while sophomore Savanna Fassio (Park City, Utah), 4:00.24, and sophomore Nadine Matter (Engelberg, Switzerland) 4:00.74 also competed for NMU.
MEN'S FREESTYLE INDIVIDUAL START
In the 15K race that consisted of 231 competitors, Baanerud again led the men's squad as he posted a time of 39:13.8 and finished 33rd. Aas-Rolid was 44th at 39:40.3. Grond, 45th, came in at 39:41.1 and Moosmann came in at 40:00.00 for 47th. Freshman Matt Bourne (Lake Elmo, Minn.) crossed at 44:00.6 to round out the men's skiers.
WOMEN'S FREESTYLE INDIVIDUAL START
Eide paced the women's team with a time of 30:12.4 for 23rd place in a field of 186 racers. Fassio completed the course in 30:51.0 to take 38th and Miller's time of 30:58.2 put her 42nd. In 45th was Hyncicova, 30:59.8, while Matter took 57th at 31:27.9. Freshman Pauline Forren (Snillfjord, Norway) was the final NMU skier as she finished in a time of 33:26.2.
In the men's race, Northern Michigan's success was prominent as three of the top five finishers are former Wildcats. Kyle Bratrud won the race after crossing the finish line at 36:47.9. Ian Torchia captured third place in 37:22.2 while Adam Martin finished in 37:41.6 to take fifth place.
The Wildcats will continue competing at the U.S. National Championships. On Sunday the team will compete in the Classic Mass Start and finish the event Tuesday with the Classic Sprint.