2022 Collegiate Tally Board

May 2, 2022
We've fired up the collegiate tally board, tracking high school Nordic skiing seniors and their future plans. Find out who's skiing in college, and contribute to the board.

Regional Elite Group Teams Announced

April 26, 2022
The Regional Elite Group (REG) teams for both the Midwest and Great Lakes divisions have been posted. The Regional Elite Group brings together the top juniors to train and receive feedback, educational materials, and a glimpse at the bigger picture of Nordic ski racing. The main training camp is scheduled for early July in Marquette, MI.

CXC U16 Trip Recap

March 19, 2022
by Ellen McCarthy
Select Midwest and Great Lakes U16 juniors competed out west last week in the Western Championships. The crew scored a number of podiums and came away as one of the top teams as well. Ellen McCarthy has a brief recap and shares some photos.

NCAA Championships Recap

March 16, 2022
NCAA Championships, the culmination of a year's worth of training and racing for collegiate athletes, arrived at the Soldier Hollow venue in Midway, Utah this past week. New champions were crowned in both the men's and women's fields, and our collegiate contributor Luke Brown has all the details on who came out on top, as well as who were the prominent performers hailing from the Midwest.

MCSA: USCSA National Championship Recap

March 16, 2022
The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) held their Collegiate National Championships last week in Lake Placid, NY. Luke Dykowski brings us a detailed recap with emphasis on the Midwest skiers.

NCAA Championships: Freestyle

March 12, 2022
The second half of NCAA Championships in Midway, Utah kicked off on Saturday with freestyle mass start distance racing at Soldier Hollow. The women got to go out first, and of that field, Sophia Laukli and her University of Utah teammate, Novie McCabe, were the first and second to cross the line, reversing their finishing order from the classic race. A minute back, Jasmine Lyons from the University of New Hampshire was third across the line, and Renae Anderson from Bowdoin College, an All-American in 10th, was the top finisher with Midwestern roots. Out on course next, the men were lead by the University of Vermont's Ben Ogden who, with a victory today, completed his NCAA Championships sweep. Just seconds back, Samuel Henry from the University of Utah and JC Schoonmaker from the University of Alaska Anchorage were the second and third place finishers. There were also two Midwestern All-American performances among the men: a 7th place finish by Kjetil Baanerud from Northern Michigan University, and a 10th place finish by Skylar Patten from Michigan Technological University.

Junior Nationals: Relay Coverage

March 12, 2022
Junior Nationals wrapped up their weekend with mixed relays on Saturday as big crowds cheered on the skiers in their final event at Theodore Wirth. Once again the Midwest power was on show as teams in the U16 and U20 finished in second place: Miles Miner/Daniel McCollor/Inga Wing/Sydney Drevlow (MW-U16-1) 2nd; Adrik Kraftson/Davis Isom/Maggie Wagner/Molly Moening (MW-U18-1) 2nd; Cooper Camp/Jonathan Clarke/Jordan Parent/Greta Hansen (MW-U18-2) 4th; Ryan Thieme/Jakob Craig/Mia Case/Mae Whitcomb (GL-U20-1) 4th; Noah Erickson/Cooper Lennox/Linnea Urban/Grete Engels (MW-U20-2) 9th. New England won the Alaska Cup as the top team, but Midwest was not far behind in second place! Host club, Loppet Nordic Racing collected yet another club title. And St. Paul Highland Park scored second place in the school standings! Results linked in along with photosets from all three relay races.

Junior Nationals: Classic Coverage

March 11, 2022
Another incredible day of racing, keep both athletes and parents out of breath as mass start classical races were the featured event at Junior Nationals Friday. Midwest U16 sensation Sydney Drevlow captured her second national title in dominating the girls 5K, and Molly Moening added another podium to her collection with third in the U18 girls 10K. Midwest skiers filled the leaderboards in a spectacular day of racing: Adrik Kraftson (MU18) 4th; Jonathan Clarke (MU18) 5th; Cooper Camp (MU18) 6th; Benon Brattebo (MU18) 8th; Cooper Lennox (MU20/Northern Michigan University) 8th; Maggie Wagner (FU18) 5th; Margo Nightingale (FU18) 6th; Jordan Parent (FU18) 7th; Hailee Zimpel (FU18) 9th; Mia Case (FU20 GL/College of St Scholastica) 4th; Gretchen Haggenmiller (FU20/Northern Michigan University) 8th; Lauren McCollor (FU20/Northern Michigan University) 10th; Miles Miner (MU16) 6th; Josh Frett (MU16) 8th; Hanna Koch (FU16) 6th; Inga Wing (FU16) 7th. Full results linked in, along with another round of huge photosets. Saturday wraps up Junior Nationals with mixed team relays!

NCAA Championships: Classic

March 10, 2022
Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah hosted the first leg of NCAA Championships on Thursday, with collegiate athletes racing 5K and 10K classic distances for the women and men respectively. Top Midwest performances in the women's field came from Michigan Technological University's Anabel Needham and Nea Katajala who both had top ten finishes, placing 4th and 7th. For the men's field, Kjetil Baanerud from Northern Michigan University lead the group with a 14th place finish. One of the trio heavily favored to win, Novie McCabe of the University of Utah claimed the women's classic title, with her teammate Sophia Laukli taking second in a tie with Anna Bizyukova from the University of Vermont. Also from the University of Vermont, Ben Ogden stood atop the podium on the men's side, holding off the Norwegian challengers who took second and third, the University of Denver's Andreas Kirkeng and the University of Colorado Boulder's Magnus Boee. Skiers will have a day to recuperate before they head out for the second leg of NCAA Championships: freestyle racing—15K for the women, 20K for the men.

NCAA Championships Preview

March 9, 2022
The event collegiate athletes have had their sights set on all season, NCAA Championships are this week at the Soldier Hollow venue in Midway, Utah. Racing starts on Thursday with the women taking to the course first in a 5K classic individual start, followed by the men skiing 10K in the same technique. Our preview has all of the details you'll need to keep up with the action.

Junior Nationals: Sprints Coverage

March 9, 2022
A full days work on the trails of Theodore Wirth on Wednesday as classic sprint titles were contested. The Midwest once again scored well, placing five athletes on the podium: Mia Case (FU20, GL) second place; Lauren McCollor (FU20) third place; Molly Moening (FU18) third place; Adrik Kraftson (MU18) third place; Miles Miner (MU16) second place. Other top Midwest results: Isak Nightingale (MU20) 13th; Jordan Parent (FU18) 7th; Maggie Wagner (FU18) 10th; Benon Brattebo (MU18) 4th; Cooper Camp (MU18) 6th; Jonathan Clarke (MU18) 7th; Andrew DeFor (MU18) 8th; Owen Williams (MU18, GL) 9th; Sydney Drevlow (FU16) 8th; Josh Frett (MU16) 8th; Daniel McCollor (MU16) 9th. Results linked in along with large photosets from the heats. Racing resumes Friday with mass start classic races.

Junior Nationals: Freestyle Coverage

March 7, 2022
Junior Nationals fired up the competition at Theodore Wirth on Monday with individual start freestyle races. The Midwest had a very strong day, lead by Adrik Kraftson (MU20) and Sydney Drevlow (FU16) winning national titles and joining them on the podium were Maggie Wagner (FU18) second and Inga Wing (FU16) third. Additional top results: Jasper Johnston (MU20) 5th; Davis Isom (MU18) 6th; Lauren McCollor (FU20) 7th; Molly Moening (FU18) 10th; Sam Stertz (MU20) 10th; Mia Case (FU20, GL), Daniel McCollor (MU16) 14th. Other champions: Michael Earnhart (MU20, AK), Nina Seemann (FU20, NE), Ava Thurston (FU18, NE), and Tabor Greenberg (MU16, NE). Full results linked in, along with huge photos. Tuesday is a rest day, with classic sprints filling the schedule on Wednesday.

USCSA National Championships March 6-12

March 6, 2022
The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) will host its 5-day long annual Collegiate National ChampionshipsTM from March 6-12th, 2022 in Lake Placid, NY. Over 510 competitors will compete for National collegiate titles in alpine, nordic, snowboard and freeski events at the same sites that hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.

Junior Nationals: Opening Ceremonies

March 6, 2022
The 2022 Junior Nationals competition held it's opening ceremonies on Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis. Using the downtown skyline as a backdrop, the teams marched across the Stone Arch Bridge (after a length snowball fight), and then gathered in Father Hennepin Park for the national anthem, words of encouragement and tips from Olympian Lindsay Williams, and welcoming remarks from Loppet executive director Claire Wilson. Racing begins on Monday with individual 5K and 10K freestyle races at Wirth.

Junior Nationals Preview

March 4, 2022
Junior Nationals returns to Theodore Wirth this week, Mar 6-12! We've got a bit of history and a look the big event, including some of the Midwest favorites. Make your plans to pack the courses and cheer the athletes on!

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, RMISA

March 3, 2022
NCAA Championships are just around the corner, and with that in mind, athletes from the EISA and RIMSA collegiate divisions were putting it all on the line this past weekend to clinch last-minute berths. Paying particular attention to those who qualified with Midwest roots, Luke Brown dives into who made the cut, with bonus coverage of those who were overseas for the U23 World Ski Championships.

Midwest Juniors Team Sprints Tuneup

March 1, 2022
Midwest Junior National athletes gathered at Theodore Wirth on Tuesday evening for a final tuneup event -- some fun team sprint racing on a short loop past the Trailhead. Junior Nationals, being held this year at Theodore Wirth, will have opening ceremonies Sunday with the first races on Monday!

MCSA Midwest Collegiate Cup: American Birkebeiner Update

February 28, 2022
Luke Dykowski provides a full recap on the final event of the Midwestern Collegiate Ski Association competition, the American Birkebeiner.

Midwest, Great Lakes Junior National Teams Announced

February 24, 2022
Earlier this week the teams for Junior Nationals, as well as U18 and U16 trips, were announced. Junior Nationals will be held in Minneapolis, at Theodore Wirth, March 6-12th.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, EISA

February 24, 2022
Collegiate athletes across the country were looking for ways to punch their ticket to NCAA Championships entering the final few weeks of the season, including the CCSA division who held their regional championships this past weekend. In this week's Collegiate Racing Recap, Luke Brown breaks down what each of the other major collegiate decisions were up to over the weekend, and what they have left on the schedule.

MCSA Midwest Collegiate Cup: Regional Championships

February 22, 2022
MCSA held their regional championships this past weekend at CAVOC trails in Rhinelander as twelves teams competed to qualify for the USCSA National Championships. Luke Dykowski has a recap, along with a preview of their Birkie competition.

Mayor's Challenge Coverage

February 21, 2022
The Mayor's Challenge wrapped up two days of junior competition, and the end of the Junior National Qualifiers, at Theodore Wirth on Monday. Sunday featured classical sprints, with State champion Cooper Camp winning the boys final, and Molly Moening taking the girls final. U16 sprint victories were earned by Josh Frett and the other State champion, Sydney Drevlow. Monday was an individual start freestyle event, 10K for the U18/U20 and 5K for the U16. A number of athletes sat out the final race, but the day still saw some strong results. Adrik Kraftson topped the boys 10K field and Maggie Wagner had the best girls 10K time. Daniel McCollor and Sydney Drevlow won the 5K races. Results linked in, along with videos of the boys sprints and photos from the 10K freestyle races.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, EISA

February 16, 2022
With conference championships less than a week away in some divisions, collegiate athletes are dialing in their workouts and looking to peak at just the right moment. Analyzing results from this past weekend, Luke Brown assess just how those efforts are shaping up, particularly for those with Midwest roots.

MCSA Midwest Collegiate Cup: Vasaloppet USA

February 14, 2022
Over 75 collegiate skiers turned out for the Vasaloppet USA races on Saturday morning! Read Luke Dykowski's full recap on the competition and standings.

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, RMISA

February 9, 2022
Fast approaching Regional and NCAA Championships, collegiate athletes from the EISA and RMISA divisions were hard at work racing this past weekend, while CCSA had the weekend off. Coverage from Luke Brown keeps us in the loop on where Midwestern skiers placed and where they will be heading next.

MCSA Midwest Collegiate Cup: Mt. Ashwabay Summit Skiathlon Update

February 8, 2022
The Midwestern Collegiate Ski Association (MCSA) conducted its second race of the 2021-22 season last weekend, with a record-breaking field taking to the trails in snowy Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, RMISA

February 4, 2022
The last weekend of January saw the CCSA and RMISA NCAA divisions in racing action in Houghton, Michigan (CCSA) and Fairbanks, Alaska (RMISA), while the EISA had a bye week. Offering a detailed look at both events, Luke Brown reviews the results and recaps the races.

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, CCSA

January 25, 2022
Undeterred by the cold weather gripping the nation, the collegiate racing circuit continued on to Mt. Itasca (CCSA) and the St. Michael's Carnival (EISA) for another weekend of racing. Here to get us up to speed is Luke Brown with highlights and more.

MCSA Midwest Collegiate Cup: Half Noque Update

January 24, 2022
The Midwestern Collegiate Ski Association (MCSA) returned to racing last weekend, with a field of seventy-seven skiers beginning the chase for the 2021-22 Midwest Collegiate Cup at the Upper Peninsula’s Half-Noquemanon.

Coleraine JNQ/CCSA Classic Coverage

January 23, 2022
Classic mass start races were contested Sunday at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine, MN. Emil Book Bratbak,CSS, bested Kjetil Banerud, NMU, in a photo finish in the 10K race with Kristoffer Karsrud, NMU, just behind in third. MTU's Henriette Semb came in a half second in front of teammate Anabel Needham with NMU's Merle Richter third for the women's 7.5K race. Jordan Parent topped the U18/U20 field, finishing 4th overall. Adrik Kraftson completed the weekend sweep, taking the men's 7.5K race. Best performances from the U16 field came from Anders Westanmo (11th overall) and Sydney Drevlow (9th overall). Photos from Dave Zoll linked in.

Coleraine JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Coverage

January 22, 2022
Saturday at Mt. Itasca featured individual start classic races on a challenging course. In the CCSA races, Kjetil Banerud took the men's 15K and Anabel Needham the women's 10K. Adrik Kraftson posted the top 10K time in the U20/U18 race, while Sydney Drevlow crushed the 5K U16/U18/U20 event. Sunday will feature mass start classic races, with the events being delayed two hours due to forecast cold weather. Photos from Dave Zoll linked in.