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Martin Sweeps at Telemark Chase; Gesior, Lee Take Women’s Wins

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The Central Collegiate Ski Association kicked off January racing with the Telemark Chase this weekend, a two-day series held at the Telemark Resort trails in Cable, Wisconsin. There was fast, hard racing by over 500 competitors, both collegiate and junior athletes alike.

Day 1

The weekend started off with a 5- and 10-kilometer classic individual start. With solid tracks and mild temperatures the course was primed for some great racing.

Leading off with the men’s race the Northern Michigan Wildcats jumped out to an early lead in the team scoring by taking the top three slots on the result sheet. The Wildcats were led by Adam Martin who completed the 10 k course in 26:14.7. Martin was followed closely by his two teammates Ian Torchia (26:16.7) and Fredrik Schwenke (26:50.2).

With three of his skiers taking the top three spots, Northern Michigan Head Coach Sten Fjeldheim was most excited about his athletes that were just outside of the winning pace.

“I am most excited about Sam Elfstrom (5th) for having a breakthrough performance today, and Freshman Leo Hipp (11th) for being the second junior in the race,” said Fjeldheim. “It’s a really good atmosphere with our men’s team right now, it seems like they are having alot fun pushing one another to their limits.”

Just off the podium in fourth was University of Alaska Fairbanks skier Michael Fahrenbach. The Saints of Saint Scholastica placed two men in the top ten with Chris Parr (sixth) and Reitler Hodgert (eighth). Michigan Techs Gaspart Cuenot ended up splitting the Saints in seventh with Northern Michigan’s Jake Brown in ninth and UW Green Bay’s Mathew Nichols rounding out the top 10.

With a stellar performance from his top three men, Saint Scholastica Head Coach Chad Salmela was very happy with his mens team sitting in second place in the team scores.

“Anytime you’re in the top three in the conference as a team, that’s a good day for us,” he said. “Beating Alaska and Tech by more than a point or two is more than expected even on a good day.”

For the womens 5 k, Northern Michigan added to their team lead with Felicia Gesior taking top honors by 2.8 seconds over University of Alaska Fairbanks racer Anne-Tine Markset. Markset was followed by another NMU skier Sophie Schimpl to finish off the top three.

That lead didn’t come without a solid battle in the women’s race between Northern Michigan and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Just missing out on third place by one second, UAF’s Nicole Bathe took fourth with NMU’s Vivian Hett right behind in fifth. UAF’s third scorer Ann-Cathrin Uhl was only ten seconds down to Hett in sixth. Saint Scholastica’s Kelsey Dickinson broke up the NMU, UAF run by squeaking into seventh, 0.3 seconds ahead of another NMU skier, Nicole Schneider. Michigan Tech placed their second skier in the top ten of the day with Andrea Lee taking ninth and another UAF skier Sarissa Lammers rounding out the top ten.

With two of his skiers breaking into the top ten, MTU Head Coach Joe Haggenmiller waslooking for a little more in Sunday’s 10 and 15 k mass start skate races.

“I think as a team we were a little flat but I think everyone was battling hard today,” he said on Saturday. “We are just going to have to go out there tomorrow and build on our efforts from today.”

Day 2

The second day of the Telemark Chase saw another great day of racing. After yesterday’s classic races the men and women of the CCSA were faced with 10 and 15 k mass start skate races. With conditions continuing to be solid and temperatures hovering in the mid-twenties, it made for some very fast conditions all day.

The day started off at 10am with the start of the womens 10 k. Right out of the start the NMU Wildcats flexed their muscle by having seven of their skiers in the top 10 throughout the first lap. It was on the second lap that the race heated up the NMU redshirt skier Kristen Bourne attacking on the final big climb of the day. As she crested the hill she had a 10 second gap leading into the downhill. It was over the next 2 kilometers that Michigan Tech’s Andrea Lee hunted down Bourne over the final rolling hills. Passing Bourne in the final climbs Lee was able to hang on for first by 0.1 seconds.

“It was really exciting to see her ski in that NMU train going up the last big climb,” a satisfied Haggenmiller said of Lee’s performance. “I could tell she was pretty relaxed and knew what she had to do. It’s very exciting to see how savvy she is as a racer and I look forward to seeing more of that in the future.”

Five seconds back was UAF’s Markset turning in another stellar effort to finish third overall and second for the CCSA conference. Taking third for the collegiate race was Gesior. Northern also took fourth through ninth in the collegiate rankings with UAF’s Bathe rounding out the top 1o. All of the racing was very close today in the womens race with 1-10 being separated by less than a minute.

UAF Head Coach Nick Crawford was very pleased with his team’s effort.

“Anne-Tine Markset proved that she is one of the top women in the CCSA again today following up on her second place finish yesterday with a third place overall,” he said. “Nichole Bathe and Sarissa Lammers also had good races doing a good job moving up through the field in the second lap and having strong finishes.”

On the men’s side, Northern Michigan once again showed their dominance and depth by taking all three steps on the podium with Martin taking his second win of the weekend followed closely by Torchia and Jake Brown. Michigan Tech came back today and capitalized on their coaches comments from yesterday by building on their efforts of the previous day and placing 2nd in the men’s team scores while being led by Gaspard Cuenot in fourth. Cuenot was followed by Schwencke. Max Donaldson led UAF’s men with a sixth-place finish. Northern’s Sam Elfstrom took seventh with MTU’s second skier Kyle Hanson right behind in eighth.

Coach Haggenmiller was excited about Hanson’s efforts.

“[He] was the one that was driving the second chase group, and I think his result was a big part the men’s team placing second today,” Haggenmiller said.

Saint Scholastica’s Reitler Hodgert had a stellar finish in ninth.

“Reitler loves classic races,” Salmela said. “So coming off an eighth-place in his favorite event, the 10 k Classic, a 15 kilometer freestyle mass start is the antithesis of his skiing essence. But a gritty performance netted him nearly the same result.”

UW Green Bay’s Matthew Nichols finished off the top 10.

The CCSA skiing action continues next weekend in Houghton, Mich., with host Michigan Tech University. Each athlete will continue their hunt for crucial points that will help get them to the NCAA Championships in Steamboat, Colo., in early March.

Saturday results

Sunday results

— Shane MacDowell

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