NMU Nordic skiing: Wildcats sweep NCAA Central Region Nordic ski titles on Tech Trails in Houghton

HOUGHTON – The Northern Michigan University men’s and women’s Nordic ski teams captured the NCAA Central Region Ski Championship on Sunday at Michigan Tech University in Houghton and will now wait to see who all moves on to the NCAA Championships March 6-8 at Soldier Hollow Resort in Midway, Utah.

NMU seniors George Cartwright and Rosie Frankowski skated to wins in the freestyle races on Sunday with Cartwright winning the men’s 20-kilometer race in 40 minutes, 57.9 seconds and Frankowski winning the women’s 15K race in 32:22.7.

“We had an awesome day of competition,” NMU head coach Sten Fjeldheim said. “We had some great conditions to ski in and the course was really fast. It was exciting to see Cartwright pull away from the pack and win the race as a senior. We raced really well as a team and that was exciting to see.”

The Wildcats’ men’s team edged Alaska 129-122 for the men’s title, gaining a pair of victories to beat out the Nanooks for the regional title.

Northern junior Kyle Bratrud, who took second on Sunday in the freestyle, won the men’s 10K classic in 29:53.8 during the first day of competition on Saturday. Cartwright was fifth in the classic in 30:44.0.

The Wildcats’ women had to beat out the College of St. Scholastica 128-109 and did it even though they didn’t win the classic on Saturday.

Frankowski (17:30.0) finished second in the women’s 5K classic to the Nanooks’ Nichole Bathe (17:14.4), but Frankowski had sophomore Hannah Boyer (17:45.3) right behind her in third to help rack up the points.

The host Huskies finished fourth in both the men’s and women’s standings.