Alayna Sonnesyn on the womens 15K freestyle podium in 2nd, NCAA Championships, March 11, 2017
St. Scholastica skiers having a snow day, November 18, 2016 (Photo: Jack Christianson)
NNF: Nordic Juniors Competition Team Named
January 18, 2018
The official team for the Nordic Juniors Competiton (U18 Nations, Scando trip) has been announced by National Nordic Foundation, the major underwriter of the trip. Burnsville's Kelly Koch from LNR will be representing the Midwest as the team competes in Vuokatti, Finland, Jan 26-28th.
2017 U18 Nation's Trip Coverage
Collegiate/Elite Racing: CXC Marathon Cup, EISA, RMISA
January 15, 2018
Mary Kozloski reviews top racing action from the Seeley Hills Classic, start of the CXC Marathon Cup, as well as the opening races for the east coast (EISA) and Rockies/west coast (RMISA) collegiate race series.
Special Feature: EISA Series Colby Carnival Coverage
January 14, 2018
For years, a large percentage of Midwest juniors have been making the leap to East coast colleges, racing the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) series. This past weekend, we made a special trip out to Waterville, Maine, to feature the Colby Carnival, the first stop of the season, with an emphasis on the Midwest skiers. Warm weather (temps in the 40s) and rain generated havoc with the trails and venue Saturday, forcing organizers to cancel the races and scramble to salvage a trail section for Sunday. Organizers shoveled and groomed up a 1.7K loop for Sunday, and much colder weather and bright sunshine helped generate a fast (and somewhat tricky) course for individual start freestyle races. Minnesota's own Alanya Sonnesyn, racing for Univ of Vermont, and hot off a strong US Nationals performance, dominated the womens field, winning by almost 20 seconds. Host Colby's Zane Fields won the mens 10K, with Minnesotan Luke Brown, skiing for Dartmouth, taking third. Big photosets from Sunday's races, and we'll have a full collegiate recap from Mary Kozloski coming Tuesday.
Photoset: Womens 5K - 351 photos, Mens 10K - 331 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res) - Womens 5K, Top Picks (high res) - Mens 10K
Results: Women's 5K freestyle, Men's 10K freestyle
EISA Official Recap: Fields Brings it home for Colby while UVM and Dartmouth teams Dominate
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US Nationals: Classic Sprints Recap
January 8, 2018
Winding down a big week of racing, Mary Kozloski provides a recap on the classical sprint races along with some quotes from Midwest skiers, and recaps all the Midwest juniors that qualified for the international trips.
US Nationals: Classic Sprints Coverage
January 8, 2018
US Nationals wrapped up on Monday with classic sprint events at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. The men's sprint final was a Midwest vs. Alaska showdown with three Midwest skiers: Zak Ketterson, Kevin Bolger and Ben Saxton. Reese Hanneman collected his second sprint title of the week, followed closely by yesterday's winner, Tyler Kornfield, with Saxton moving ahead of the chase pack to take third. Felicia Gesior advanced to the women's semifinal before getting bumped out. The unstoppable Caitlin Patterson scored yet another title in taking the girls final with Jasmi Oensuu second and Kaitlynn Miller third. Results linked in, recap and some photos late tonight.
US Nationals: Trip Standings Final
US Ski Team: Golden Sweep for Patterson
US Nationals: Classical Distance Recap
January 7, 2018
Mary Kozloski has interviews with some of the top Midwest performers and a recap of the senior classical distance races at US Nationals on Sunday.
US Ski Team: Alaskans Take U.S. Titles
US Nationals: Classical Distance Coverage
January 7, 2018
US Nationals held their premiere event on Sunday with the mass start classical distance races at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. In the women's 20K classical, Caitlin Patterson was yet again the top American, finishing second only to Hedda Baangman of Sweden, with a groundbreaking performance by the Midwest's own Rosie Frankowski finishing third (and 2nd American). Alayna Sonnesyn, another Minnesota native, also had a stellar performance, finishing 6th (4th American)! The men's 30K saw a large lead pack eventually come down to a sprint finish with Tyler Kornfield taking the win, followed by Eric Packer and Eivind Kvaale. Adam Martin cracked the top 10 finishing 9th. Hannah Halvorsen won the women's 5K with Hannah Rudd completing a great week with 8th today. The men's 10K was won by Hunter Wonders as Reid Goble had the top Midwest finisher at 9th. US Nationals comes to a completion on Monday with classical sprint events. Results linked in, along with some great photosets from Jackie Schneider.
US Nationals: Trip Standings After First Three Events (U18, WJC)
US Nationals: Trip Standings After First Three Events (U23)
US Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Recap
January 5, 2018
Mary Kozloski provides a recap, along with interviews from a number of top Midwest skiers, on the second day of US Nationals which saw skiers competing for titles in the freestyle sprint races.
US Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Coverage
January 5, 2018
Much better conditions Friday for US Nationals for the freestyle sprints on Friday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska, as temperatures cooled off and the course firmed up. Reese Hanneman, APU, took the men's sprint title with Midwest native Kevin Bolger, Sun Valley, second and Tyler Kornfield, APU, third. NMU's Zak Ketterson was fourth. Anne Hart, SMS T2, posted the fastest women's qualifier, by nearly two seconds, but was bumped out in the semifinals. Caitlin Patterson picked up her second victory in taking the women's sprint title with Jasmi Joensuu second and Petra Hyncicova third. In the junior division sprints, Scott Shulz, NYSEF and Sydney Palmer-Leger, Sun Valley, collected the titles. Minnesota Kelly Koch made the junior final, finishing 6th. Top qualifiers on the day included: Alayna Sonnesyn 3rd FU23 (7th overall), Nicole Schneider 6th FU23, Sarah Bezdicek 7th FU23; Hannah Rudd 3rd FU20, Anja Maijala 7th FU20; Abigail Jarzin 3rd FU18, Leah Rudd 8th FU18, Mara McCollor 10th FU18; Andrew Egger 1st MU23, Zak Ketterson 3rd MU23 Tom Bye 5th MU23, Ian Torchia 10th MU23; William Kerker 10th MU20; Anders Sonnesyn 9th FU18. Photos by Jackie Schneider of the sprint heats up now.
US Nationals: Trip Standings After First Two Events
US Ski Team: Patterson, Hanneman Golden in Sprint
US Nationals: 10K, 15K Freestyle Coverage
January 3, 2018
US Nationals got underway in Anchorage, Alaska Wednesday morning with 10K and 15K freestyle races. After being snowstarved most of the season, organizers set the course on a 2.5K snowmaking loop only to receive a bombardment of wet snow today. Caitlin Gregg showed she is still on form, taking second place overall, 20 seconds back of winner Caitlin Patterson, with Chelsea Holmes third, and Minnesota native Rosie Frankowski in fourth. Father and shop co-owner Matt Liebsch had an incredible performance, skating to third place in the mens 15K with only Scott Patterson and Noah Hoffman, both skiers with World Cup starts this season, in front of him. Full recap by Mary Kozloski, plus photos from Jackie Schneider.
US Nationals Preview
December 31, 2017
US Nationals competition starts on Wednesday in Anchorage, Alaska. We've put together a short primer on the event with loads of web links, as well as a brief review of the Midwest skiers.
US Nationals: Start Lists and Live Timing
CXC: Year End Drive Under Two Weeks
December 19, 2017
CXC Year End Fundraiser Drive is quickly running down with under two weeks left. Check out the special message from Brian Gregg and consider making your contribution today.
Houghton JNQ/CCSA: Classical
December 17, 2017
A beautiful day of racing Sunday on the Michigan Tech trails as the weekend series wrapped up with classical mass start events. In the men's 15K, NMU swept the top five places with Zak Ketterson 1st, Ian Torchia 2nd, and Lars Soensterud 3rd. CXC's Felicia Gesior and NMU alumni held off her previous teammates for the women's 10K win, Vivian Hett 2nd and Kris Bourne 3rd. Top juniors on the day: Mara McCollor, FU18, 11th; Amanda Kutzer, FU20, 10th; Alex Nemeth, MU18, 15th; Reid Goble, U20, 8th. Results linked in and photosets from Jackie Schneider and Chris Schmidt are up.
Biathlon: US IBU Cup Trials Dec 16-17 Coverage
Houghton JNQ/CCSA: Freestyle Sprints
December 16, 2017
Houghton lived up to it's reputation Saturday as snow continued to fall across the UP for the freestyle sprint races at Michigan Tech. In the mens senior division, Kevin Bolger held off NMU's Zak Ketterson for the victory with Ian Torchia third. NMU exchange student skier Anikken Alnaes topped the womens sprint final with teammates Vivian Hett second and Sarah Bezdicek third. U20/18 heats were won by Ryan Steger (CSS) and Megan Schiferl (CSS). And in the U16 division, Sam Stertz won for the boys, Elsa Viren for the girls -- both skiers from Mt. Itasca Nordic. Results linked in now, along with great photosets from Jackie Schneider and Chris Schmidt.
Hoigaards Relays Coverage
December 16, 2017
Another big turnout for the annual Hoigaards Relays, racing at Elm Creek on Saturday morning. Teams did 6 x 1.8K relay, usually in teams of two skiers. Organizers report: The duo of Andy Brown and Matt Liebsch held off The Morgan Brothers Cole and Jake for victory in the Men's Masters Relay, while a competitive Mixed Masters field was topped by Daisy Richmond and Spencer Warejoncas. In the Junior Boys Relay, Stillwater Area High swept the podium, with Carl Bohacek and Brian Olson taking the win. Southwest Minneapolis' Zoe Camp and Katy Scott took honors in the Junior Girls Relay. In the Mixed Juniors Race, Osseo's Nick Kjome and Maple Grove's Ally Hammann teamed up for the win. Results posted, along with photos from the Junior race.
UP Opener Coverage
December 10, 2017
The Midwest collegiate racing scene kicked off Sunday with a pair of classical races on the Michigan Tech trails in Houghton. NMU women picked up where they left off last season, sweeping the 10K podium: Kris Bourne, Vivian Hett and Nicole Schneider. And the same story for the NMU men: Zak Ketterson leading the way in the 15K race, followed by exchange program skiers Lars Sonsterud and Kjetil Baanerud. Results linked in, along with photosets from Chris Schmidt.
Press Release: Nordic Ski Team Hosts UP Opener at the Tech Trails
FIS and Collegiate Racing Update
November 19, 2017
Mary Kozloski recaps the opening weekend of major FIS races in Norway and Sweden, as Midwesterners Nichole Bathe and Annie Hart competed. Plus a brief recap and results from the first collegiate racing action in Alaska - the Alaska Cup, with three Minnesota gals taking part.
NNF Drive for 25 Campaign - Where the Money Goes
November 14, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation has released a slick video highlighted the impacts NNF funding has had on some of the top juniors. Please show your support by contributing to one of the fundraising campaigns of your favorite Midwest ambassador:
- Jessie Diggins
- Bryan Fish
- Team Gregg
- Nicole Schneider
- Yuriy Gusev
- Ian Torchia
- Abby Jarzin
- Loppet Nordic Racing
- CXC Team
- Northern Michigan Univ
- Adam Loomis
- Ben Loomis
Collegiate Racing: Base Camp Marquette
November 7, 2017
Mary Kozloski digs into MTG - Marquette Training Group, a group of current and former NMU skiers that spend most of their summer training in Marquette together, when not off on their own adventures.
LNR JNQ and Collegiate Racing Presentation
November 6, 2017
Loppet Nordic Racing is presentation this Sunday, Nov 12th, for those interested in learning about Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) racing and XC skiing in college. LNR Coaches Chris Harvey and Piotr Bednarski led the discussion with Q&A afterwards - skiers and parents are invited!
Collegiate Racing: Midwest Skiers Summer Training
October 15, 2017
Highlighting the wide range of summer training options for Midwest collegiate skiers, Mary Kozloski interviews skiers Alayna Sonnesyn, Hannah Rudd and Caroline Brisbois about their unique experiences.
Michigan Tech Twin Cities Engagement Event this Weekend
September 19, 2017
Michigan Tech University is holding an alumni and friends of the MTU Varsity Cross Country, Nordic Ski, Track & Field Team event in the Twin Cities this weekend, Sep 23-24. Come out and cheer on the team at the Roy Griak races Saturday morning, then hit the trails at Hyland Park in the afternoon with food and drink afterwards.
Midwest JN and U16 Coaching Openings
September 12, 2017
CXC and Midwest junior committee has posted openings for Midwest Junior National and NENSA U16 Coaching positions for the big events coming in March 2018. Application deadline is mid-October.
Job Opening: Ski Technician at NTDC in Thunder Bay
2016-17 Season Highlights
May 1, 2017
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2016-2017 collegiate racing season.