ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) — In their first Open of the season, the Northern Michigan Wildcats nordic ski team swept Michigan Tech. The men doubled Tech, defeating them 14-7 while the women won 12-9 behind Hilde Eide's (Beitostoelen, Norway) individual win.
Junior standout Kjetil Baanerud (Oslo, Norway) took the men's crown in 27:12.6 followed closely behind by Mathias Aas-Rolid (Redalen, Norway) in 28:02.3. Maurus Grond (Davos Monster, Switzerland) rounded out the Wildcats in the top-five with a fifth place finish in 28:25.1.
Tobias Moosmann (Kossen, Austria), Matt Bourne (Lake Elmo, Minn.) and Xavier Mansfield (Minneapolis, Minn.) also placed among the top 10, finishing seventh, eighth and 10th, respectively, for the first place team finish.
After a third place finish in the freestyle race on Saturday, Eide captured the first place individual finish with a time of 15:38.1. Mailin Boerjesjoe (Umeaa, Sweden) finished shortly after, crossing the line in 15:39.8 for second overall while Molly Miller (Kimberley, British Columbia), Nadine Matter (Engelberg, Switzerland) and Pauline Forren (Snillfjord, Norway) all placed in the top-10.
The teams will travel to Houghton, Michigan next weekend for the Michigan Tech CXC Cup to finish out 2019. The Wildcats will then be back in action at the U.S. National Championships where a handful of skiers will compete on the Tech Trails again in Houghton.