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Irwin, Hecker capture First CCSA Wins at Green Acres Skate Events

Monday, January 30th, 2012

LAKE ELMO, Minn. – It was a day of firsts at the Green Acres SuperTour stop, as an impressive display of depth lifted Michigan Tech to both the women’s and overall titles. The Huskies landed the top five spots in the women’s 15K freestyle event, including a career-first college win for Deedra Irwin.

On the men’s side, Saint Scholastica’s Jeremy Hecker captured not only his first CCSA top spot, but also the first college win in the history of the Saints’ program. Hecker’s result in the 20K skate, coupled with teammate’s Paul Schommer’s second college podium finish in as many days, gave Saint Scholastica the program’s first ever team title as well, edging Michigan Tech by one point, 56-55, for the men’s crown.

“It’s a pretty historic moment for us,” Saint Scholastica head coach Chad Salmela said afterwards. “You work hard in training, try to recruit good skiers, and when it all comes together like it did today, it feels pretty good.”

A colder than expected Saturday evening had coaches reconsidering the wax selections prior to the start.

“We thought it was going to be easy, that we get to sleep in a little bit this morning,” Salmela joked. “I wouldn’t say it was a panic wax, but all the teams were scrambling a little bit. We had to rewax from the bottom up.”

Whatever decisions Michigan Tech head coach Joe Haggenmiller and his team made, however, seemed to work like a charm, as a flood of Huskies women dominated the CCSA leaderboard. Following up her second place finish in the classic race yesterday, Irwin would not be denied on Sunday, completing her 15K skate in 43:52.7 – good enough for 11th overall and just three seconds off the top ten.

Teammate Alice Flanders soon followed, taking second in the conference and 12th overall in 43:54.0. Lynn Duijndam rounded out the CCSA podium by taking 13th overall, followed by a fourth Husky – Rachel Mason – in 15th with a time of 44:21.6.

Saturday’s classic winner, Malin Eriksson, was next across the line in 44:25.1, to take 16th overall, before St. Olaf skier Paige Schember became the first non-Michigan Tech woman to cross the line for the CCSA, taking 17th overall in 44:52.3.

Two more Huskies soon followed, however, as Christina Mishica captured 18th place overall and seventh collegiately in 45:12.6, and Sarah Daniels grabbed 19th place in 45:22.6.

Saint Scholastica’s Brooke Adams (21st overall) and Michigan Tech’s Marissa Yovetich (22nd overall) rounded out the college top ten.

On the men’s side, Hecker prevailed in his day-long battle with Michigan Tech’s Mikko Harju to claim a historic win for the Saints’ program, finishing in 12th-place overall in 52:25.7. Harju, forced to settle for second on Sunday (13th overall) in 52:32.2, still enjoyed a solid weekend as a whole, as he topped the CCSA’s podium in Saturday’s classic event.

Saint Scholastica freshman Schommer earned his second collegiate podium spot with a 15th-place overall finish in 52:38.5.

“I think we saw yesterday that the guys had a shot to do what they did today,” Salmela said, “and we are all super happy that we did. Jeremy and Paul now both have a shot at qualifying for NCAA’s with two weekends to go, so that’s where you want to be.”

In fourth place collegiately was Michigan Tech’s Matt Dugan, crossing the line in 52:46.2 to take 18th overall. A pair of teammates soon followed, as Jesse Smith took 21st overall in 53:10.5 and Matt Wong 22nd in 54:15.4.

Saint Scholastica’s third scoring skier, Scott Johanik, grabbed the conference’s seventh-place spot, and 23rd overall, with his 54:21.3 race, edging out Michigan Tech’s Jay Woodbeck in 24th overall by less than a second.

Two more Michigan Tech skiers, Andrew Keller in 26th overall and Luke Gesior in 28th overall, rounded out the top ten, giving the Huskies seven of the top ten skiers on the men’s side.

After a grueling month of competition, the CCSA skiers now get a well-deserved weekend off from NCAA qualifiers before heading to Houghton, Mich. for the CCSA Championships on Feb. 11-12.

Complete Results:
Source: CCSA

Eriksson, Harju Claim College Wins, Lift Michigan Tech at Green Acres SuperTour

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

LAKE ELMO, Minn. – Michigan Tech sits atop of the leaderboard after the first day of the Green Acres SuperTour stop, as the Huskies’ Malin Eriksson and Mikko Harju turned in the conference’s two best performances in the women’s 5K and men’s 10K mass start classic.

All told, the Huskies placed three skiers among the top five in both the men’s and women’s events, giving them an eleven-point overall lead over Saint Scholastica headed into Sunday.

“I was pretty excited about how well the team skied today,” Michigan Tech head coach Joe Haggenmiller said. “Everyone was really happy with their skis. They went out and skied hard and skied fast. The venue here really has some challenge to it, but the grooming job they did on the course was outstanding – the tracks were just so solid.”

It was a bit of a different look to the CCSA field, as University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and Northern Michigan both took the weekend off, but that didn’t concern Eriksson, as she continued to take steps toward her second straight NCAA appearance with an eighth place overall finish. The Swedish sophomore completed her trip around the Green Acres Park course in 15:35.9: a comfortable 16 seconds ahead of her nearest CCSA competitor.

Teammate Deedra Irwin took the conference’s second spot, turning in an impressive 12th place overall finish in 15:52.4. Saint Scholastica’s Eleanor Magnusson wasn’t far behind, taking 13th overall with her 15:53.5.

The Saints’ second scoring skier, Brooke Adams, crossed the line next for the CCSA, taking 15th overall in 16:12.4. Senior Christina Mishica rounded out the scoring for Michigan Tech, taking fifth in the conference and 16th overall in 16:15.9.

“I was excited for Deedra,” Haggenmiller said, “and Christina has a solid race for us as well.”

Hot on Mishica heels was St. Olaf junior Paige Schember, as she captured 17th place with her 16:18.5. Michigan Tech’s Lynn Duijndam took seventh in the CCSA and 18th overall in 16:27.8, while Saint Scholastica’s Sharmila Ahmed came across in 19th place in 16:32.0.

The Huskies’ Sarah Daniels (20th place overall in 16:33.7) and Gustavus’ Erica Hett (22nd overall in 16:48.9) rounded out the top ten for the CCSA.

On the men’s side, Harju continued to build momentum heading into the upcoming CCSA championships, setting an electric pace early on before claiming 14th place overall in 27:13.1. Teammate Jesse Smith wasn’t far behind, taking second in the conference and 17th overall in 27:40.4.

“Jesse may have had the race of the day,” Haggenmiller said. “There was a big crash right at the start: the skiers were just falling like dominos. Jesse got stuck behind that for a good 20-30 seconds, so he made up quite a gap to get second in college.”

Saint Scholastica freshman Paul Schommer turned in his best race of the season to date, earning the conference’s third-best finish and 18th-place overall with his race time of 27:45.9. Teammate Jeremy Hecker, putting together a solid season in his own right, took 21st in 27:52.7.

Michigan Tech’s third scoring skier, Sondre Sandvik, took fifth in the CCSA and 23rd overall in 27:58.3. The Huskies’ Luke Gesior took 25th, nipping Saint Scholastica’s Scott Johanik at the line as they both crossed in 28:06.0.

A trio of Huskies’ followed to round out the conference’s top ten: Andrew Keller leading the charge in 28:07.3 (27th overall) followed by Matt Dugan (28th overall) and Jay Woodbeck (29th overall).

The CCSA skiers return to Green Acres tomorrow for the skate races, with the women’s 15K kicking off at 9 a.m., followed by the men’s 20k at 10:15 a.m.

Complete Results:

Women’s Classic

Men’s Classic


Source: CCSA

Caldwell and Packer Take Skate Mass Start Races at UNH Winter Carnival

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

JACKSON, New Hampshire – Action on the second day of the UNH Winter Carnival turned to a freestyle mass start with the women skiing 15km and the men 20km.   Yesterday’s weather brought almost everything to the trails of the Jackson Ski Touring Center; with rain, sleet, hail and snow throughout the sprint racing.  The groomers decided to stay off the trails until early this morning giving the water a chance to drain out of the snow.  The result was sugary snow, which never really got wet as the temperatures rose, but was soft in the woods.  As the racers took to the course small packs broke off the front in both the women’s and men’s races and when all was said and done Dartmouth’s Sophie Caldwell and Eric Packer won their respective races.

In the women’s race Dartmouth and UVM had a stronghold at the front as the two squads locked up the top nine places.  A pack of about six broke away early on and distanced themselves from the rest of the field.  When they finally crossed the line it was Caldwell (Dartmouth) who took the victory in a time of 41:32.2.  Just behind were UVM’s Caitlin Patterson in a time of 41:33.1 and Erika Flowers (Dartmouth) crossed in 41:40.9 for third place.  UVM’s Amy Glen and Lucy Garrec took fourth and fifth respectively to round out the top five.

In the men’s race the pace was pushed early by Middlebury College’s Patrick Johnson, who eventually finished fourth, but the pack was able to stay in contact with him.  The top four men opened up a margin on the rest of field, but at the end it was Packer who used a high-tempo field skate to take the victory down the finish lanes over Franz Bernstein (UVM). Packer finished the 20km in a time of 49:06.5, just four hundredths of a second ahead of Bernstein.  Yesterday’s race winner, Sam Tarling (Dartmouth) followed in third, while UVM’s Dylan Grald crossed the line after Johnson for fifth place.

EISA racing continues next weekend in Stowe, Vermont as UVM hosts the college circuit.

Complete Results

Caldwell and Tarling Take Sprint Crowns at UNH Carnival

Friday, January 27th, 2012

JACKSON, New Hampshire – Dartmouth racers Sophie Caldwell and Sam Tarling won today’s EISA classic sprint races.  Above-freezing temperatures, sleet, and rain on top of fresh overnight snow made for an interesting mix of waxes and skis throughout the morning’s races.

Tarling was one of just several skiers to use skate skis throughout the day, and won with a decidedly strong double pole over second place finisher Skyler Davis (US Ski Team/SMS – first place in prologue) and teammate Eric Packer (8th in prologue).

Caldwell , who was the prologue winner, took the final race at the top of the steep hill situated midway through the course, and won by quite a margin over a field stacked with UVM and Dartmouth skiers.  Second place was Caitlin Patterson (UVM – 3rd place in prologue) and third place was Annie Hart (DAR – 2nd place in prologue).

Dartmouth took the top men’s and women’s team scores for the day, UVM in second.  Alpine races were cancelled due to weather.

Complete Results


Bates Carnival Classic Mass Start Video

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

RUMFORD, Maine – EISA collegiate action got its 2012 campaign underway on the trails of Black Mountain last weekend as Bates College hosted the Chummy Broomhall Cup.  Here is a look at some of the action from the 10km classic mass start courtesy of Holly Hart.

Northern Michigan on Top Again as Markvardsen, Soderman Lead CCSA at Mayor’s XC Challenge

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The second day of the Mayor’s XC Challenge at Theodore Wirth Park brought another two CCSA wins for Northern Michigan skiers. The Wildcats claimed the top two spots in both the women’s 10k and men’s 15K skate races, with Monica Markvardsen and Erik Soderman leading the charge.

The results earned the Wildcats both the men’s and overall titles for the weekend, while NMU and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) tied for the women’s title with 145 points a piece.

After qualifying for the NCAA championships a year ago, Markvardsen has quickly staked her claim as one the CCSA elite this season, landing back-to-back overall top five finishes at the Mayor’s XC Challenge. Markvardsen, who took fifth in Saturday’s classic event, completed her trek around Wirth Park in 23:58.9 to take sixth overall on Sunday.

Another Northern skier who has started the 2012 off in impressive form is Molly Burger – the sophomore took second in the CCSA and 11th overall with her time of 24:19.9. UAF’s Aly McPhetres, who herself has been impressive in her freshman campaign with the Nanooks, took third in the conference, and 12th overall in 24:26.0.

Michigan Tech’s Alice Flanders was next across the line, the sophomore enjoying a solid race with a 13th-place overall finish (second among OJ skiers) in 24:27.0. A trio of Nanooks followed the Huskies’ skier – UAF’s Crystal Pitney taking 14th (fifth CCSA), Raphaela Sieber finishing 15th overall and sixth in the CCSA while Marit Rjabov placed 16th (seventh CCSA) in 24:42.2.

Michigan Tech’s second scoring skier, Lynn Duijndam earned 17th place overall with her time of 24:48.8, as Northern Michigan’s Jordan Ross (19th overall) and Libby Ellis (20th overall) rounded out the CCSA top ten.

On the men’s side, sophomore Soderman earned his first top spot of the CCSA season, pounding out a sixth-place overall finish in 34:04.9. Another of the Wildcats’ young guns, freshman Kjell-Christian Markset, produced the conference’s second-best time in the interval start event, finishing with a time of 35:02.1 – good for 15th place overall.

UAF’s Logan Hanneman turned in the Nanooks top finish on the men’s side, placing third in the CCSA and 18th overall in 35:11.9. Michigan Tech’s Mikko Harju, who missed the season’s opening races, showed signs of getting back to his top form by taking fourth in the conference and 22nd overall.

Saint Scholastica’s Jeremy Hecker continued his solid run of results in 2012 by taking fifth in the conference, 23rd overall and second among OJ skiers with his time of 35:37.1. Teammate Scott Johanik produced his best performance of the CCSA season as well, taking sixth in the conference and 25th overall in 35:50.4 – a strong showing for the Saints skiers.

Northern’s Chris Bowler’s time of 35:55.0 earned the junior the conference’s seventh-best finish as well as 26th place overall. Teammate Kyle Bratrud captured eighth in the CCSA (27th overall) in 35:56.1, as Michigan Tech’s Matthew Wong (28th) and UAF’s Ian Wilkinson (29th overall) rounded out the CCSA top ten.

The CCSA competitors now head to St. Paul, Minn. for the fourth NCAA qualifier of the season in the Central Grand Prix Super Tour stop on Jan. 28-29.

Source: CCSA

Markset, Markvardsen Propel Wildcats to Lead at Mayor’s XC Challenge

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – An impressive display of depth from the Northern Michigan skiers has given the Wildcats a slim two-point edge over University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) after the first day of the Mayor’s XC Challenge in Minneapolis, Minn. Northern’s Kjell-Christian Markset topped the CCSA podium for the first time in his young career in the men’s 10K classic at Theodore Wirth Park, while teammate Monica Markvardsen took the conference’s top spot for the third time this season in the women’s 5K classic.

Weather conditions forced the race to be re-routed onto a 3K artificial snow loop, but the dizzying course did little to slow down Markset, who cruised to a top-ten overall finish in 23:04.1 – good enough for eighth place. Fellow CCSA competitor, UAF’s Logan Hanneman, also landed a top-ten spot, taking ninth (second in the CCSA) with a time of 23:11.4.

A pair of Swedish skiers were next to cross the line among conference competitors, with Northern’s Erik Soderman taking third (15th overall) with his time of 23:22.9, followed by UAF senior Erik Soderstrom, who took 19th overall at the event in 23:41.9.

Michigan Tech’s Jesse Smith turned in what may have been his best race of the season so far, grabbing a fifth-place finish and placing 20th overall. The Traverse City, Mich. Native was unfortunate not to place even higher – Smith finished just a tenth of a second behind Soderstrom.

Northern Michigan’s third scoring skier, Chris Bowler, took sixth and 21st overall in 23:43.0. Saint Scholastica’s Jeremy Hecker continued to build momentum for his season as well after a strong showing in the Hilltop Invitational last weekend: the junior took seventh place in the CCSA and 24th overall on Saturday.

Kyle Bratrud’s time of 23:51.8 gave the Wildcats’ their fourth skier in the CCSA top ten. Michigan Tech’s Mikko Harju and UAF’s Tyler Kornfield (both NCAA qualifiers from a year ago) rounded out the conference’s top ten on the men’s side.

For the women’s side, it was all Northern Michigan and UAF, with the former placing six skiers in the CCSA’s top ten, though the Nanooks placed all three of their scoring skiers in the top four.

It was no surprise, however, that Markvardsen earned the conference’s top finish. The junior has started the season in sizzling form for the Wildcats, and earned a top-five overall finish (fifth) with her time of 17:59.6.

UAF’s Marit Rjabov, who has enjoyed a fine start to the season as well, landed an impressive seventh-place overall finish, taking the conference’s second spot in 18:32.4. Teammate Raphaela Sieber wasn’t far behind either, scoring a top-ten finish with her time of 18:36.2.

Crystal Pitney then rounded out the scoring for the Nanooks, placing fourth in the CCSA and 13th overall in 18:45.8.

From there, however, it was all Northern Michigan, as the Wildcats took the next five conference spots. Sophomore Molly Burger, fresh off a win in the skate race at the Hilltop Invitational last week, led the charge, taking fifth (14th overall) in 18:48.6. Teammate Libby Ellis wasn’t far behind, finishing a tenth of a second behind Burger to take 15th overall.

Just four-tenths of a second behind them, Northern’s Rosie Frankowski completed her race in 18:49.1 – good enough for seventh in the CCSA and 16th overall. Jordyn Ross (17th overall) and Marie Helen Soderman (19th overall) completed the flood of Wildcat skiers to cross the line, while Saint Scholastica’s Ahmed Sharmila rounded out the top ten, taking 22nd overall in 19:05.9.

Finishing the day with a combined total of 146 points, the Wildcats hold a two-point advantage over UAF, who finished with 144 points. Michigan Tech sits in third with 108 points, while Saint Scholastica, in fourth, has 104.

The skiers return to the Wirth Park course bright and early tomorrow, with the women kicking off a 10K interval start skate at 9 a.m., followed by a 15K interval start freestyle race for the men at 10:35 a.m.

Complete Results:

Women’s 5K classic

Men’s 10K classic

Source: CCSA

UPDATED: Oedegaard and Bronga Win in 10/15km Freestyle at DU Invite

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

TABERNASH, Colorado – Nordic competition continued today during the Denver University Invitational at Devil’s Thumb Ranch with 10/15km freestyle races.  In the men’s race the University of Colorado’s Rune Malo Oedegaard made it two for two on the weekend as he skied to a four second victory over the University of Utah’s Didrik Smith.  In the women’s race it was the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Jaime Bronga who similarly skied to a five second win over the University of Colorado’s Eliska Hajkova.

Oedegaard, who yesterday opened up a margin of over thirty seconds on today’s second and third place skiers, had some company in today’s race.

“Vegard Kjoelhamar (CU) had a lead on the second lap that Miles [Havlick], Didrik [Smith] and Tyler [Reinking] had to use [a lot of] energy to catch up, and I got a pretty nice travel just staying with,” said Oedegaard.

“Out on the third and last lap Tyler Reinking (MSU) went pretty hard to try to get rid of us, but I felt good and had much power to go with in the last climb where I got the margin I needed to hold on down the downhills to the finish line. ”

His winning time of 48:14.5 bested the University of Utah’s Smith and Miles Havlick by 4.1 and 4.7 seconds respectively.  Tyler Reinking (MSU) was next across the line in a time of 48.27.8 with the University of Colorado’s Vegard Kjoelhamar rounding out the top five with a time of 48:48.0.

The course was challenging and had quite hard climbs in the beginning.  However, the last kilometer was pretty much downhill with a short finish.

“So I knew it would be smart to go hard in the last climb and be first down the final downhills. Luckely the plan worked out well, and I’m was very satisfied with the weekend.”

In the women’s race the University of Alaska Anchorage had an impressive day showing that they had no problem skiing at elevation as they placed three skiers in the top five.  Bronga led the way for the Seawolves in a time of 36:59.5 with Laura Rombach taking third in a time of 37:23.6 and teammate Steffi Hiemer rounding out the top five with a time of 37:53.9.  The University of New Mexico’s Clara Chauvet was fourth in a time of 37:32.4.

RMISA action takes a break next week before moving up to Anchorage for the next stop in the season.

Complete Unofficial Results

Patterson and Packer Win 10km Classic Mass Starts at Bates Carnival

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

RUMFORD, Maine – The Bates College Carnival continued today on the trails of Black Mountain as the University of Vermont’s Caitlin Patterson bested her teammate Amy Glen by just under six seconds to earn the victory in the women’s 10km classic mass start.  In the men’s race it was Darmouth College’s Eric Packer who opened up a three second margin on the University of Vermont’s Franz Bernstein to capture the win.

Dartmouth's Sophie Caldwell leads the flying V during the 10km classic mass start. Photo: Flying Point Road.

In the women’s race Patterson’s time of 31:43.8 was enough to better her teammate Glen who finished in a time of 31:49.2.  Darmouth’s Sophie Caldwell took the final step on the podium, finishing third in a time of 31:51.6.  Yesterday’s race winner, Lucy Garrec (UVM), came across the line less than a second later in 31:52.3 and her teammate Anja Gruber made it four UVM skiers in the top five with a time of 32:00.8 in fifth place.

Erick Packer (Dartmouth) celebrates the victory. Photo: Flying Point Road.

In the men’s race Middlebury College’s Patrick Johnson continued his impressive season finishing third behind Packer (Dartmouth, 27:25.0) and Bernstein (UVM, 27:28.5) with a time of 27:34.6.  Darmouth’s second and third skiers, Sam Tarling and David Sinclair finished off a superb day for the Big Green earning fourth and fifth places respectively with times of 27:35.2 and 37:36.7.

EISA skiing continues next week as action heads to Jackson, NH for the UNH Carnival.

Complete Results

Garrec and Johnson Win Bates Carnival

Friday, January 20th, 2012

RUMFORD, Maine – The University of Vermont’s Lucy Garrec’s time of 14:08.4 bested teammate Caitlin Patterson by thirteen second to take victory in the women’s 5km freestyle on the trails of Black Mountain this morning.  On the men’s side it was Middlebury’s Patrick Johnson in 26.20.6 who gained a three second margin on Dartmouth’s Sam Tarling to capture the 10km title.

In the women’s race it was a pair of Dartmouth skiers who followed Garrec and Patterson, with Sophie Caldwell (14:36.9) and Erika Flowers (14:47.1) earning third and fourth respectively.  UVM’s third skier, Amy Glen, rounded out the top five in a time of 14:47.9.

On the men’s side Franz Bernstein (UVM) took the final step on the podium in a time of 26:46.0 while Dartmouth’s second and third skiers Eric Packer (26:48.9) and Gordon Vermeer (27:03.4) filled out the rest of the top five.

EISA action continues tomorrow with both genders skiing a 10km mass start.

Complete Results