HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University nordic skiing won the College Cup at the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships with a score of 800 edging out the University of Vermont who scored 755 for second place. The women earned 406 points towards the cup, while the men chipped in the other 394.

This is the second consecutive year the Wildcats have won the College Cup.  Sophomore Fredrik Schwencke was also named a grand champion for scoring 70 points in the freestyle after placing third with a time of 43:13.21 and 72 after winning the classic with a time of 4:30.09 for a grand total of 142.

Senior Kyle Bratrud would crack the top-five on the men’s side with 72 points after winning the freestyle with a time of 42:01.65 and 56 in the classic for his 19th place finish in 4:41.63 for a total of 128.

On the women’s side, senior Jordyn Ross and freshman Vivian Hett finished tied for second for the grand championship after each scored 137. Ross would score 72 points after winning the freestyle in 32:06.90 and added 65 in the classic for her eighth place finish with a time of 5:31.25, while Hett finished with 66 in the freestyle for a seventh place finish in 32:52.89 and 71 in the classic after placing second with a time of 5:23.56.

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HOUGHTON, Mich. — Northern Michigan University senior Kyle Bratrud won the U.S. National Championship in the 15K freestyle race at the U.S. Cross Country Championships Sunday.

Bratrud clocked a time of 42:01.6 which was 50-seconds faster than the second place finisher. The Wildcats placed four skiers in the top 24 on the men’s side and had four women’s finishers in the top 26.

“Kyle Bratrud was in a league of his own today,” said NMU head nordic skiing coach Sten Fjeldheim. “To win by 50-seconds in a 15K race is big. He separated himself from the rest of the 200 skier filed early in the race and just kept increasing his lead. Spectacular race day for all of our team!”

NMU sophomore Fredrik Schwencke finished fifth with a time of 43:13.2 while Wildcat sophomore Adam Martin placed 13th in 44:12.0. Freshman Ian Torchia was next across for NMU in 16th place, covering the distance in 44:39.1. Senior Erik Soderman rounded out the NMU leaders in 24th place with a time of 44:53.6.

On the women’s side senior Jordyn Ross was the top finisher for the Wildcats in the 10K freestyle race. Ross crossed the finish line in 32:06.9 and came in just eight seconds ahead of sophomore Kristen Bourne who finished in 17th at 32:14.0. Freshman Vivian Hett was 23rd for the Wildcats clocking a time of 32:52.8 while freshman Caroline Brisbois was 26th at 33:05.2.

Editor’s Note: These press releases came from Northern Michigan University Sports Information Department

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