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Elite Racing Weekend Recap
February 20, 2017
Mary Kozloski recaps the weekend SuperTour/CCSA Regionals in Ishpeming and the Middlebury Carnival racing from the EISA series.
Related:
NCAA Central Region Skiing Championships Recap

Midwest Junior National and NENSA U16 Teams Named
February 19, 2017
With the completion of the Junior National competition this past weekend, the Midwest Junior National and NENSA U16 Championship preliminary teams have been named. Expect some changes/additions to the list over the coming week, as some decline and U20 collegiate skiers may be added.
Related:
2017 Junior Nationals (Lake Placid, NY)
2017 NENSA U16 Championships (Farmington, ME)

Minneapolis JNQ Classical Races Coverage
February 19, 2017
Theodore Wirth provided an oasis of snow one more time for the Minneapolis JNQ classical distance races on Sunday. The U18/U20 boys started the show at 8 am with glazed tracks - very fast conditions. The race proved to be one of the most exciting on the day as Madison's Cullen Chosy broke away on the final lap, only to be chased down by Xavier Mansfield on the final climb - an inadvertent miss of the lap vs finish lane left Mansfield soloing in for the victory. John Schwinghamer was third. Abigail Jarzin took control of the U18/U20 girls race in the final lap to take the title, Renae Anderson held with her for much of the race to finish second, with Mara McCollar third. The U16 titles went to Henry Hall and Kaelin Jackson. Results posted, along with photos from the JNQ races.

SuperTour/CCSA Regional: Classical Races Coverage
February 19, 2017
The CCSA Regional competition and SuperTour weekend wrapped up on Sunday with classical races at Al Quaal in Ishpeming. The men raced first, interval start format, and it was David Norris coming on top in the 10K event, besting NMU's Adam Martin by just under four seconds, with Matt Gelso third. In the womens 5K, Kaitlynn Miller led a Craftsbury Green sweep of the podium, with teammates Caitlin Patterson and Elizabeth Guiney second and third. NMU's Nicole Schneider was the top collegiate skier, finishing 11th. Results posted, plus photos from Jennifer Brisbois and Jackie Schneider.

Minneapolis JNQ Classical Sprints Coverage
February 18, 2017
After reasonable 40F weather for the morning qualifiers, temperatures soared into the upper 50s by the time the sprint heats were wrapping up at the Mayors Challenge JNQ classical sprints Saturday at Theodore Wirth. In the mens U18/U20 final, Andrew Bailey strided away on the final climb to take the win with Xavier Mansfield and Ryan Steger taking second and third. The womens U18/U20 final had Anna Johnson leading the final charge and taking the victory in front of Abigail Jarzin, with Mae Barnes edging out Renae Anderson for third. U16 titles went to Peter Moore and Isabel Seay. Results posted, along with photos from the sprint heats.

SuperTour/CCSA Regional: Freestyle Races Coverage
February 18, 2017
After superTour sprint races on Friday, the skiers returned to Al Quaal Saturday morning for freestyle distance races (not a SuperTour event). Warm weather on Friday, with a drop in temperatures overnight, generated some very fast, and for at least the girls race, somewhat dangerous conditions. Julia Kern topped the womens 15K field, with NMU's Nicole Schneider second and Annika Richardson third. The mens 20K race came down to a lead pack of four and a sprint finish as Evan Palmer-Charrette took the victory with NMU's Adam Martin second, Michael Somppi third and Rogan Brown rounding out the pack. Results posted, plus photos from Jackie Schneider and Jennifer Brisbois.

Elite Racing Weekend Recap
February 13, 2017
Mary Kozlowski reports on collegiate racing action from the Midwest (CCSA), East coast (EISA) and new this week, the Rockies/West Coast (RMISA) scene.
Related:
Results: Northern Michigan Sweep Menís and Womenís Podiums in Rhinelander

Rhinelander CCSA Classical Coverage
February 11, 2017
The CCSA held a make-up classical race for the cancelled event last month, on the trails at CAVOC in Rhinelander on Saturday. NMU's Adam Martin, fresh from the World U23 Championships, took the mens 10K and Vivian Hett, also NMU, won the womens 5K. Full results linked in, photos coming tomorrow.

CCSA: Distance Championships Recap
February 6, 2017
A recap of the CCSA Distance Championships last weekend on the trails at Michigan Tech.
Related:
CCSA Points List Updated

CCSA Championships - Freestyle Races Coverage
February 5, 2017
The CCSA Distance Championships held their freestyle mass start races Sunday on the trails at Michigan Tech University. In the mens race, Kyle Bratrud skied away with the 20K title, with NMU's Zak Ketterson leading the collegiate field, followed by Gaspard Cuenot, MTU, and Fredrik Schwencke, NMU. Kris Bourne had an amazing weekend: After winning the classic race on Saturday, she came back on Sunday to take the womens mass start 15K, edging out Nicole Schneider in a sprint finish. Sophie Schimpl was third, as NMU again secured the top seven places. Results linked in, photos coming by Monday afternoon.

City of Lakes Loppet Classical Coverage
February 4, 2017
Posting a victory over tough snow conditions, the Loppet Foundation pulled out a 6K course for the racing action on Saturday morning. Matt Liebsch never let off the gas as he hammered away from the field to take the mens classical marathon 30K event by two minutes over Chris Pappathopoulos with Krystof Kopal third. Felicia Gesior winning by almost a seven minute margin as Canadian Isabella Howden took second and Winona's Kelly Skillicorn third. In the shorter classical race, J.D. Downing and Kate Ellis claimed the titles. Results linked in, along with photosets from both races.

CCSA Championships - Classical Races Coverage
February 4, 2017
The CCSA held their distance classical championship race Saturday morning in Houghton, MI on the Michigan Tech trail system. In the womens 5K, Northern Michigan dominated the standings taking the top seven, led by Kris Bourne with Nicole Schneider just half a second behind, and Vivian Hett rounding out the top three, in the interval start event. The mens 10K Kyle Bratrud posted the top time with NMU sweeping the college podium as Fredrik Schwencke, Zak Ketterson, Samuel Elfstrom followed Bratrud. Results linked in, plus photos from Jennifer Brisbois and Jackie Schneider.

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 11/Wrap Up
February 1, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation sponsored U18 Nation's Trip wrapped up on Wednesday with flights home. Read a final recap and misc notes from the trip.

World Junior Championships - Freestyle Races
February 1, 2017
World Junior Championships on Wednesday in Soldier Hollow featured freestyle format races. Sweden's Ebba Andersson took the womens 5K victory, with American Katharine Ogden placing 5th, less than 7 seconds off the podium. Russians swept the mens 10K podium, led by Vladislav Vechkanov, with Hunter Wonders the top American at 16th.
Related:
Results: 5K, 10K Freestyle

U23 World Championships - Classical Sprints
January 31, 2017
On Tuesday it was the U23 athletes turn at classical sprints. Sweden's Anna Dyvik was the best of the womens field, winning by over 3 seconds, while Norway's Fredrik Riseth won the mens final. For the US, Cole Morgan advanced to the semifinals and Nicole Bathe was the top Midwest skier, earning a spot in the quarterfinals.
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 10
January 31, 2017
The U18 Nation's Trip wrapped up their final day in Norway with a trip to a world class Nordic training facility with snowmaking and then an afternoon hike around Trondheim.

CCSA Points List Updated
January 31, 2017
The CCSA points listed has been updated with the results from last Saturday's freestyle races in Duluth.

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 9
January 30, 2017
Day 9 of the U18 Nation's Trip visited two legends: the Meraker ski area and Olympic gold medalist and World Championship Frode Estil.

Duluth Invite/JNQ Freestyle Race Coverage - Day 2
January 29, 2017
Day 2 of racing at Duluth Marshall was again on skate skis, with conditions not allowing for classic tracks to be set. In the 10K, Patrick Acton notched the top U18 time and the fastest time of the field. Jack Christianson was the fastest U20 male, and Kyle Marshall posted the best collegiate result. The U16 5K field was led by Peter Moore, just seconds in front of Saturday's 5K champ, James Schneider. Abigail Jarzinen skated the fastest women's 10K of the day and led the U18 category. Dottie Anderson was the top U20 skier with Carolyn Lucca topping the collegiate field. The U16 women's race gave top honors to Sarah Olson.
Related:
CCSA: Duluth Hilltop Invite Recap

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 8
January 29, 2017
The Junior Nordic Competition (U18 Nations) wrapped up on Sunday with a pair of exciting relay races. The team will be spending two more days in Norway, skiing and sightseeing, before flying back home.
Related:
Photoset: Relays

Duluth Invite/JNQ Freestyle Race Coverage
January 28, 2017
Duluth's Marshall School played host to this weekend's JNQ, starting with individual start skate competition on Saturday. Nicole Schneider and James Schneider made the 5K race a family affair, snagging the top female and male spots of the day. The fastest 10K boys time went to Gaspard Cuenot of Michigan Tech.

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 7
January 28, 2017
The second day of racing on the U18 Nation's trip featured freestyle 5K and 10K events, with the US team scoring a number of top twenty results.
Related:
Photoset: Freestyle Races

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 6
January 27, 2017
Racing action finally got underway for the U18 Nation's Trip with classical sprints Friday evening in Norway. The US squad qualified nearly all of the team for the sprint heats, with two boys advancing to the semifinals before getting bumped out. Saturday will feature freestyle distance races.
Related:
Photoset: Classical Sprints

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 5
January 26, 2017
The U18 Nation's trip in Norway started to heat up on Thursday as skiers and coaches made their final preparations for the first races - classical sprints - on Friday evening.

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 4
January 25, 2017
The U18 Nation's trip skiers were back on snow in Norway Wednesday morning, then headed north in the afternoon for an adventure along the fjord. Official training opens Thursday, first races are Friday evening!

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Day 3
January 24, 2017
The first full day in Norway, the U18 Nations trip skiers got some on-snow time at the race venue, Knyken Skisenter.
Related:
Live Coverage of Jr/U23 World Championships, Exclusively on NNF TV

NNF: U18 Nation's Trip Underway
January 23, 2017
Athletes from across the US made their two day journey (with time changes) Sunday-Monday to Orkdal, Norway, for the Junior Nordic Countries Competition (U18 Nations Trip). LNR has coach Chris Harvey acting as team leader, and rising Robbinsdale-Armstrong star Lucy Anderson is one of athletes that will be competing this weekend.
Related:
USSA: Utah Venues Ready For World Championships

CCSA: Birkie Trailhead Recap
January 23, 2017
A full recap on the collegiate racing action last weekend at the Birkie trailhead.

Cable JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Race Coverage
January 22, 2017
Another slugfest on Sunday as skiers took to the trails at the new Birkie start area for mass start freestyle races under warm, soft conditions. In the mens 20K, Gaspard Cuenot, MTU, pulled ahead to take the victory followed closely by NMU's Adam Martin and Fredrik Schwencke. In the womens 15K, Nicole Schneider, NMU, broke away from the field to win by just over 30 seconds with Felicia Gesior, CXC, and Sophie Schimpl, NMU, rounding out the podium. Erin Moening returns to form to take the junior girls 10K in a near photo finish over Mara McCollor, with Abigail Jarzin third. Xavier Mansfield resumed top shelf for the boys, William Keker and Patrick Acton coming in 2nd and 3rd in the 10K. U16 titles went to Olivia Dreger and Noah Bodewes. Results linked in, along with photos from Jennifer Brisbois and Jackie Schneider.

Cable JNQ/CCSA Classical Race Coverage
January 21, 2017
Like most of the region, the trail conditions at the new Birkie start were warm and wet for the JNQ/CCSA classical races on Saturday. In the men's 10K, Adam Martin topped the field, over 30 seconds ahead of teammate Fredrik Schwencke with Kyle Bratrud third. Luc Golin from Wayzata HS had an impressive day taking 8th overall as the top junior! Felicia Gesior, CXC, bested the women's field with NMU's Vivian Hett and Nicole Schneider finishing 2-3 (NMU gals took 8 of the top 10 places). A great performance by Ashwaubenon's Abigail Jarzin, taking 8th overall and posting the fastest juniors time in the 5K race. Results linked in now, photos coming later tonight.

CCSA: U.S. Cross Country National Championships Recap
January 19, 2017
The Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) has posted a recap on Midwest collegiate performances at US Nationals last week.

CCSA Points List Posted
January 17, 2017
The CCSA has released the points listed through Jan 10th. NMU's Adam Martin and Vivian Hett led the way.

USSA: USA Names U23 Cross Country Worlds Team
January 16, 2017
USSA has named a team of 10 athletes to represent the USA in the upcoming Under 23 Cross Country World Championships, to be held Jan 30-Feb 5 at Soldier Hollow in Utah. Midwest athletes earning their place on the team include Adam Martin, NMU, Alayna Sonnesyn, UVM, and Nichole Bathe, UAF.

USSA: Junior World Cross Country Team Named
January 13, 2017
Twelve cross country ski racers have been named to the team that will represent the USA at the Junior World Championships Jan 30-Feb. 5 at the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. The team is missing a Midwest representative for the first time in quite a while -- Minnesotan Abigail Drach tied for the final women's position, but lost out on the tiebreaker.
Related:
Nordic Combined: USA Names Junior World Champs Combined Team
Junior Nordic Countries Competition (U18) Team Named
U18/World Juniors/U23 Trip - Nominations
U18/World Juniors/U23 Trip - Final Teams

US Nationals: Freestyle Sprints
January 12, 2017
The racing action at Soldier Hollow on Thursday wrapped up with freestyle sprint qualifiers. This final event was not considered part of the championships, but held as a part of selection criteria for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Posting top times on the day were Dahria Beatty (Canada), Hannah Halvorsen, and Caitlin Gregg for the women, and Jesse Cockney, Julien Locke, and Knute Johnsgaard, all Canadians, were top three men. Logan Hanneman was the first American, finishing 4th.

US Nationals: Classical Sprints Coverage
January 8, 2017
A day of ups and downs at US Nationals Sunday as the weather threw a curveball, bringing in damp conditions that made kick waxing difficult, and glazed the trails for some fast conditions. A number of skiers took spills, resulting in some wide variations in the results. The men's senior finals saw another Midwest native, Kevin Bolger, collect a national title as sprint champion! NMU's Fredrik Schwencke made it to the finals as well, finishing 6th. Jennie Bender won another womens title. Annie Hart skied strong, making the women's final and finishing 5th. Wayzata native and NMU skier Nicole Schneider qualified for the junior sprints and rode that all the way to the final, taking the junior girls title! Canadian Ryan Jackson won for the junior boys. Other top Midwest results: Ben Saxton top qualifier, mens quarterfinals, Andrew Egger and Luke Brown mens quarterfinals; Rosie Frankowski, Felicia Gesior, Nichole Bathe, womens quarterfinals; Zak Ketterson and Will Bodewes junior men quarterfinals; Abigail Jarzin, junior girls quarterfinals. Results linked in, plus photos from Jackie Schneider and Karen Brown.
Related:
US Nationals Points List (after 2 races)
USSA: Bolger and Bender Take Wet Classic Titles

NNF Announces $106K in Cross-Country Ski Funding
January 2, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation is excited to kick off the New Year by announcing $106,000 in cross-country funding, allocated by the Board of Directors for five different winter 16/17 Pillar Projects. Projects include the U18 Nordic Junior Countries Championship, U23/World Junior Skiing Championships, addition US Ski Team support for World Cup and World Championships, and live streaming coverage of the U23/World Juniors.

Biathlon: Teams Named for Youth/Junior International Competition
December 30, 2016
The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee has announced the Youth (U19) and Junior (U21) Biathlon World Championship Team, as well as the team for the IBU Junior Cup and the IBU Junior European Championship. Several Minnesota athletes earned team selections: Amanda Kautzer, Vasek Cervenka, Siena Ellingson, and Cameron Christiansen.
Related:
USSA Formalizes Training Partnership Programs

Houghton CCSA/JNQ: Freestyle Distance Coverage
December 18, 2016
Another snowy day in Houghton with very crisp temperatures as skiers raced in freestyle distance events for the JNQ/CCSA series on Sunday. In the mens 15K, Kyle Bratrud returned to top form taking the title just ahead of Adam Martin, NMU, with Zak Ketterson, also NMU, third. In the womens 10K, Annie Hart completed the weekend sweep dominating the womens race, as Abigail Drach edged out Vivian Hett, NMU, for second place. In the best of the high school racers, Xavier Mansfield was 7th overall for the boys with Abigail Jarzin 9th for the girls. In the U16 races, Sarah Olson and James Schneider led the field.

Houghton CCSA/JNQ: Classical Sprints Coverage
December 17, 2016
With fresh snowfall the weekend JNQ/CCSA series opened Saturday with classical sprint events. As expected, Northern Michigan dominated the tally board, but it was a pair of Midwest seniors from SMS, Ben Saxton and Annie Hart that captured the sprint titles with freshman Zak Ketterson and sophmore Sarah Bezdicek taking second and top collegiate honors. In the U20/U18 JNQ sprint final, Jack Christianson, CSS, pulled away from the field for the boys victory while Jenna Parent, Nordicwerks, topped a tough field for the gals. In the U16 final, Henry Hall beat Noah Bodewes by a hair (photo) and Leah Rudd won an all-LNR final for the girls.

UP Open Classical Results
December 11, 2016
Vivian Hett and Adam Martin led Northern Michigan as the Midwest collegiate skiers competed in 5K and 10K classical races on the trails at Michigan Tech on Sunday morning.

UP Open Freestyle Results
December 10, 2016
Michigan Tech University hosted the Midwest's collegiate opening series this weekend, with skiers from Northern Michigan and Green Bay joining the fray. Sophie   Schimpl and Adam Martin, NMU, took the 5K and 10K freestyle race titles.

CXC Year End Fundraising Drive
December 8, 2016
CXC is hoping you'll show your support this holiday season with a donation to their year-end fundraising driving. This is a 1:1 challenge grant, so if they can raise $30,000 they'll get a dollar for dollar match from generous benefactors.

Univ of Alaska Skiing Restored
November 13, 2016
Announced last Thursday: Men's and women's skiing at the University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Alaska Fairbanks were spared when University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen reversed his previous recommendation to the UA Board of Regents to eliminate those sports.
Related:
Video: Skiwolf Thank You

Endurance United JNQ Informational Meeting Nov 14th
November 10, 2016
Endurance United will be hosting an informational meeting on the Junior Nationals Qualification series competition this coming Monday, Nov 14th in St. Paul. Any juniors (and parents) interested in learning more about the JNQ series are encouraged to attend.

Save Alaska Skiing Effort
November 7, 2016
The groundswell to support skiing at the University of Alaska campuses continues to grow. Show your support by signing the petition and contacting the board of regents!
Related:
Drive for 25 Nordic Skiing
Drive for 25 Nordic Combined/Ski Jumping

NNF: Cosmic Shift in US Skiing
November 3, 2016
Noah Hoffman shares his appreciation for the National Nordic Foundation (NNF), and how it has made a huge impact in the growth and development of Nordic racing.
Related:
Drive for 25 Nordic Skiing
Drive for 25 Nordic Combined/Ski Jumping

World Junior Championships and U18 Nation Trips Staffing
November 1, 2016
Staff positions for the World Junior Championships (WJC) and the Nordic Countries Junior Competition (U18) are posted. The WJC will be held at Soldier Hollow, Jan 26-Feb 5, with the U18 in Orkdal, Norway (near Trondheim), Jan 22-Feb 1. Application deadline is Nov 12th.
- World Junior Championships application
- Nordic Countries Junior Competition (U18) application

UAF/UAA Seek to Cut Nordic Programs
October 27, 2016
On Thursday, University of Alaska officials announced plans to cut the Nordic skiing programs at UA-Anchorage and UA-Fairbanks starting next season. The proposal will need to be approved by the board of regents next month, and UAF will need a waiver to maintain their NCAA membership.
Related:
UAF seeks NCAA waiver; may cut Nordic ski programs
Petition: Save Alaska's Collegiate Skiing

Drive for 25 Matching Grant Challenge
October 20, 2016
Make your donate worth double -- contribute now to the NNF Drive for 25 campaign and help them earn a $25,000 match grant. And check out their great promotional video!
Related:
Video: Why Drive for 25?

Drive for 25 Begins!
October 10, 2016
The National Nordic Foundation kicked off their Drive for 25 event on Monday. The event is the primary fundraiser for NNF, supporting junior and elite skier development across the US and internationally as well. Become an ambassador or find your favorite skiers on the fundraising list and kick in today!

CXC Seeking Applicants for Junior Nationals, U16 Championships Trips
September 16, 2016
The Midwest Coaches Committee is opening the application process for both the 2017 Junior National Championships in Lake Placid, NY as well as the U16 NENSA Trip in Farmington, ME. This application process is for Head Wax Coaches, Assistant Wax Coaches, Age Group Coaches, and Support Staff.

2015-16 Season Highlights
May 1, 2016
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2015-2016 collegiate racing season.

Collegiate Results 2016-17


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