Soderman leads NMU ski team in Utah

SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah – Northern Michigan University junior Erik Soderman led the Wildcats’ men’s cross country ski team in the freestyle races on Friday at the 2013 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships in Soldier Hollow, Utah.

Soderman finished 19th overall and sixth in the men’s under 23 division. He finished the 15-kilometer course in 39:06.9.

“That’s Erik’s style,” NMU coach Sten Fjeldheim said. “He always starts really relaxed, does a good job of pacing himself and just keeps getting faster and faster.”

NMU junior George Cartwright was eight spots back of Soderman in 27th and eighth in U23. Sophomore Kyle Bratrud (29th) was also in the top 30 and fifth in the men’s under 19 division.

NMU junior Rosie Frankowski led the women’s team in 30th and 12th in the female under 23 age group. She finished the 10K course in 32:28.4.

“It amazing to see how far Rosie has come,” Fjeldheim said. “She has worked as hard and as diligently as anyone. If there was an all-uphill race, I can’t think of anyone that could beat Rosie Frankowski. She’s that tough.”

The teams will compete again on Sunday (Jan. 6) in the classic races.