Frankowski, Soderman, Bratrud lead Wildcats on final day of NCAA skiing championship meet

MARQUETTE – Three Northern Michigan University nordic skiers earned All-American status Saturday during the final day of the NCAA Championships held at Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vt.

Honored were junior Rosie Frankowski, junior Erik Soderman and sophomore Kyle Bratrud as the Wildcats finished 11th in the team standings with 278 points on the weekend. Northern was fifth overall in nordic events alone, trailing Colorado, Dartmouth, Utah and Alaska Anchorage. The ‘Cats were the highest finishing team that didn’t score in the alpine events.

For the first time since 2007, NMU earned All-American status four times as Soderman also garnered that honor after his finish in the classic race on Thursday. He had the best Northern finish of the weekend, fourth place in the 20-kilometer freestyle on Saturday, to become a three-time All-American.

Soderman clocked 50 minutes, 16.0 seconds on Saturday, while Frankowski was seventh in the 15K women’s race in 39:36.9 to earn All-American status for the first time. Bratrud was 10th in the men’s 20K in 50:22.0 as he finished his second season at NMU.

Also in the women’s 15K, Northern freshman Mary Kate Cirelli was 14th in 39:58.1 and junior teammate Jordyn Ross 17th in 40:34.5. On the men’s side, junior George Cartwright came in 28th in 52:21.4.