2021 Collegiate Tally Board

April 21, 2021
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.

NMU's Sten Fjeldheim Retires

March 30, 2021
Northern Michigan University's legendary ski coach, Sten Fjeldheim, has officially announced his retirement after 34 years with the program.

MCNL: Great Bear Chase Concludes Season, Midwest Collegiate Champions Crowned

March 17, 2021
A small but determined field of collegiate Nordic skiers made their to Calumet, MI, last weekend to decide the final standings of the 2020-21 Midwest Collegiate Nordic League (MCNL) at the Great Bear Chase. When the final numbers were tallied, Twin Cities Nordic swept the team titles.

NCAA Championships Recap

March 15, 2021
The collegiate season wrapped up last week in Jackson, New Hampshire with the NCAA Championships. Luke Brown brings us a full recap with emphasis on the Midwest athletes.

NCAA Championships: Freestyle

March 13, 2021
The NCAA Championships wrapped up Saturday with interval start freestyle races. NMU's Kjetil Baanerud and Zak Ketterson finished 3rd and 4th in the men's 20K with teammate Malin Boerjesjoe posting the top Midwest result for the women in 6th. Magnus Boee, CU, and Sydney Palmer-Leger, UU, repeated as champions.

NCAA Championships: Classic

March 11, 2021
Racing under difficult waxing conditions, NCAA Championships opened Thursday with classical races at Jackson XC in New Hampshire. NMU's Molly Miller had the top Midwest result, skiing to fifth place in the women's 5K. Emil Book Bratbak, CSS, had the top men's result for the Midwest finishing 10th. Victories went to Sydney Palmer-Leger, UU, and Magnus Boee, CU. Saturday will conclude NCAAs with the freestyle races.

NCAA Championships Preview

March 9, 2021
NCAA Championships are happening, and a dozen skiers with Midwest roots will be competing! Racing action starts Thursday at Jackson Nordic in New Hampshire and Luke Brown has a complete preview.

Super Cup Regional Finals: Freestyle Coverage

March 7, 2021
Starting early on Sunday morning, the Super Cup Regional Finals freestyle races hoped to avoid the blast furnace that was forecast for later in the day. Hitting the trails first, the men's 10K had fast conditions as Finn O'Connell repeated as champion, Brian Gregg second, and Logan Diekmann third. Adrik Kraftson had another stellar day, finishing as the top U18 and fourth overall! Colin Freed was the top U20 (7th overall). The U16 boys raced next, with Josh Frett topping the bakers dozen 5K field. The women's 10K had an all-star lineup with Caitlin Gregg skating to victory on her home course, Alayna Sonnesyn less than nine seconds later, and Lauren Jortberg third. Pearl Harvey posted the top U20 time, Arielle Jean was the fastest of the U18 women. Finally, the U16 girls had their time on the course with Natasha Sortland skiing to the only sub-18 minute 5K time for the field. Results linked in, along with photos from the morning races.

Super Cup Regional Finals: Classic Coverage

March 6, 2021
Saturday morning started off with blazing fast trails for the women's 10K classic for the Super Cup Regional Finals at Theodore Wirth. Alayna Sonnesyn, fresh off her Birkie freestyle victory and second place in the Birkie classic, scooped up the victory with Pearl Harvey, NMU, second and Pauline Forren, NMU, third. Pearl Harvey was top of the U20 class, best U18 skier was Elsa Bergman. The U16 girls had some speedy conditions as well as Sydney Drevlow crushed the 5K field by more than a minute. The course was starting to soften as the 10K men hit the trails. Finn O'Connell posted the only sub-25 minute time on the day in taking victory, Logan Diekmann was second, Graham Houtsma third. Colin Freed (U20) had an impressive performance, besting the junior field and finishing fourth overall, as Adrik Kraftson was the best of the U18 group (and 6th overall). David Isom topped the boy's U16 5K field. Results linked in, along with photosets from the 5K and 10K races.

MCNL: Birkie Intensifies Championship Chase

March 5, 2021
The Midwest Collegiate Nordic League (MCNL) tallied up some new numbers after competing in the American Birkebeiner events last weekend in Hayward. Read the complete round up and review the current standings.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, EISA, RMISA

March 3, 2021
Luke Brown has the final regular season weekend recaps for all three major NCAA divisions and new information on the NCAA Championships being held next week in New Hampshire.

NCAA Regionals: Freestyle Coverage

February 28, 2021
Day two of the NCAA Regionals in Houghton, MI, and like much of the region, snow became a factor as the flakes starting falling during the men's race. NMU's Kjetil Banerud skated to the top men's 20K time with MTU's Patrick Acton second, Tobias Moosmann, NMU, third. On the women's side, NMU made a clean sweep of the top five placings with Molly Miller taking the win, Malin Boerjesjoe second, and Hilde Eide third. Results linked in, photos by Chris Schmidt.

NCAA Regionals: Classic Coverage

February 27, 2021
In the final step towards NCAA Championships, regionals are underway this weekend in Houghton, MI. Saturday was classic races, 5K for the women, 10K for the men. Anabell Needham, MTU, posted the best women's time, following closely by NMU's Molly Miller and Hilde Eide. On the men's side, Zak Ketterson, NMU, posted a punishing sub 27 minute time for the victory with teammate Kjetil Banerud second, and CSS's Emil Book Bratbak third. Results linked in, along with photos from Chris Schmidt.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, EISA, RMISA

February 25, 2021
All three major collegiate divisions were racing last weekend as NCAA Championships draw near. Luke Brown has recaps on all the divisions, plus an update on NCAA selections.

Mayor's Challenge Freestyle Coverage

February 21, 2021
A near perfect day of racing Sunday at Theodore Wirth for the freestyle races in the Mayor's Challenge. Caitlin Gregg showcased some of her World Cup talent in posting the only sub 15 minute time in the women's 5K on a challenging course. Renae Anderson (U23) and Erin Bianco (U23) rounded out the top three. Maggie Wagner was the fastest of the U18 field, Sydney Drevlow best of the U16 (and 5th overall), and Isabel Seay topped the U20 group. In the men's 10K, Christian Gostout (U23) ruled the day while Adrik Kraftson (U18) was second, Tyrg Solberg (U23) third. Colin Freed skated to the best U20 time. In the boy's 5K, Daniel McCollor topped Davis Isom by just over six seconds for the win, Josh Frett third. Results linked in, photos from the 5K and 10K events online now.