NMU skiing: Frankowski, Bratrud finish sixth at NCAA Championships

MIDWAY, Utah – Northern Michigan University Nordic skiers Rosie Frankowski and Kyle Bratrud both turned in sixth-place performances on Thursday in the classic races at the NCAA Championships at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah.

Frankowski, a senior, finished the women’s 5-kilometer classic in 14 minutes, 23.5 seconds while Bratrud clocked in at 25:24.4 in the men’s 10K classic. Sixth placed earned both Wildcats NCAA Second Team All-American honors.

Joining Frankowski and Bratrud on the second team were teammates Mary Kate Cirelli, a junior, and Fredrik Schwencke, a freshman. Both finished 10th.

“It’s great to have four student-athletes earn All-American status and to have all of our student-athletes finish in the top 20 is outstanding,” NMU head coach Sten Fjeldjheim said. “This group of kids is such a professional group of student-athletes and I am so proud of them. Great day to be a Wildcat.”

Also posting top-20 finishes for NMU were sophomore Hannah Boyer for the women in 20th and freshman Adam Martin for the men in 13th.

The Wildcats qualified the maximum of six Nordic skiers for the NCAA Championships. Both the men and women sit in third place after Day 1.

The Nordic portion of the NCAA Championships resumes Saturday with the women’s 15K and men’s 20K freestyle races.