NMU skiing: Wildcats’ Martin leads region in Utah

MIDWAY, Utah – Freshman Adam Martin of Northern Michigan University was his region’s top finisher in the men’s Nordic classic race Saturday at the U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships held at Soldier Hollow Resort.

Martin clocked 40 minutes, 40.8 seconds to tie for 15th overall in the 15-kilometer event.

“To finish in the top 30 at U.S. Nationals is impressive, but to get into the top 20 is really just incredible,” Northern Michigan nordic skiing head coach Sten Fjeldheim said.

“It’s huge for our programs to have someone finish up there. That’s how high the level of competition is out here.”

Wildcats junior teammate Kyle Bratrud finished 33rd overall, followed by senior George Cartwright in 66th, sophomore Sam Elfstrom 99th and freshman Krystof Kopal in 109th.

Sophomore Mary Kate Cirelli led the NMU women, finishing 23rd overall and second among Central Collegiate Ski Association finishers.

Sophomore teammate Hannah Boyer was 30th overall and third in the CCSA, junior Felicia Gesior was 42nd overall and fourth in the CCSA, and senior Rosie Frankowski was 43rd.

The event continues today with the freestyle sprint.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.