NMU skiing: Cirelli leads Wildcats on Sunday in Wisconsin

CABLE, Wis. – Northern Michigan University sophomore Mary Kate Cirelli was the top collegiate finisher and second overall as the Wildcats Nordic skiing team completed action at the Telemark Chase Sunday.

Cirelli posted a time of 16 minutes, 39 seconds in the 5-kilometer classic race to win her first Central Collegiate Ski Association event of the season. Junior Felicia Gesior was seventh overall and fourth in the CCSA, posting a time of 17:00.01.

NMU junior Kyle Bratrud followed up his freestyle win on Saturday by finishing second in the men’s 10K on Sunday with a time of 27:14.1. Freshman Fredrik Schwencke placed sixth for the Wildcats with a time of 27:54.8 while senior George Cartwright was 10th at 28:21.8.

“I think it was a great weekend for both the men and the women,” NMU head coach Sten Fjeldheim said. “We had some good performances from some new people.

“I thought the women had a really good showing. On the men’s side George Cartwright had one of his better classic races. It was a solid weekend for us. We have a few things to work on, but I was pleased with the results.”

The Wildcats return to action Jan. 24-25 at the Mt. Itasca Distance before hosting the CCSA Championships Feb. 8-9 at Al Quaal in Ishpeming.