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.

Mayor's Challenge Sprint Coverage

February 20, 2021
Temperatures started off in the single digits for the classic sprints but rose into the 20's in the afternoon for the freestyle sprints. Posting the top times in the classic sprints were Joe Lynch (U20) and Renae Anderson (U23). Roger Anderson was second overall by only a few tenths of a second for the best U18 time with Miles Miner the top U16 skier. Jordan Parent was third overall as the top U18 gal, Margaret Dalseth posted the top U20 time, and Sydney Drevlow was the best of the U16 field. The afternoon freestyle races had some extra "bumps" on the course to change things up. Renae Anderson (U23) completed with the sprint sweep with the best freestyle time, Cooper Camp (U18) had the top time for the boys. Isabel Seay scooped up the best U20 result, Lauren McCollor had the top time for the girls U18 division while Margo Nightingale topped the U16 field. Joe Lynch lead the U20 skiers and just missed the sweep, finishing just two-tenths of a second behind Camp. Davis Isom was the fastest of the U16 guys. Results linked in, along with photos from the classic sprints.

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA

February 15, 2021
The Eastern conference (EISA) was the only action last weekend, but Midwest skiers continued to post some strong results. Luke Brown brings us the weekend recap.

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, RMISA

February 9, 2021
Collegiate racing continues to find ways to compete during the pandemic. Luke Brown has recaps from the East coast and Rockies.

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, CCSA

February 2, 2021
CCSA and EISA were both in action last weekend as the collegiate racing season continues to forge a way through the pandemic impacted environment. Luke Brown brings us the highlights on the racing action, with the usual emphasis on Midwest skiers.

Collegiate Racing Recap: RMISA, Misc

January 26, 2021
Luke Brown reports on RMISA division racing out west, plus some off circuit racing by Midwest athletes.

Duluth CXC Super Cup Freestyle Coverage

January 24, 2021
A big day of freestyle racing at Grand Avenue Nordic Center Sunday for the Duluth CXC Super Cup races. Some blazing fast times for the 7.5K distance with Cooper Camp, U18, posting the best at 18:04. Colin Freed again lead the U20 men (and 2nd overall), while Daniel McCollor also repeated as U16 champion. On the women's side, Isabel Seay, U20, had the top time at 21:13, with U18's Molly Moening second, and Sydney Drevlow continuing her strong run as top U16 in third overall. Results linked in along with U16 boys race photos by Dave Zoll.

Duluth CXC Super Cup Classic Coverage

January 23, 2021
Grand Avenue Nordic Center was the center of action on Saturday as JNQ format races in classic technique were contested. Gus Schatzlein posted the top time in the men's 10K, with Roger Anderson just five seconds back and the top U18 skier followed by Victor Sparks just one second later. Top U20 skier was Colin Freed (5th overall), Daniel McCollor won the boy's U16 5K race. In the women's 5K, a pair of U16 lead the field with Sydney Drevlow and Margo Nightingale separated by a single second! Lauren McCollor was the top U18 (3rd overall), Isabel Seay best of the U20 gals. Results linked in, photos of the U16 boys from Dave Zoll.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, RMISA, EISA

January 20, 2021
Luke Brown covers the first real weekend of collegiate racing for CCSA and RMISA divisions, along with a brief update on the NCAA Championships.

Cable CXC Super Cup Freestyle Coverage

January 17, 2021
Another day of fantastic racing on a fast course at the Birkie trailhead in Cable for the CXC Super Cup on Sunday. In the men's 10K freestyle, NMU's Kjetil Baanerud was the top dog again with Tobias Moosmann (also NMU) and Brian Gregg within 30 seconds back. Caitlin Gregg captured the women's 5K freestyle with the only sub 13 minute time on the day. Henriette Semb, MTU, was second with Malin Boerjesjoe, NMU, third. Spectacular results by the U18 champions as Adrik Kraftson was 5th and Molly Moening was 7th overall! Best in the U20 field were Olivia Laven and Colin Freed. U16 titles went to Sydney Drevlow and Daniel McCollor. Results linked in, photos of U16 boys by Dave Zoll online now as well as photos posted from the women's 5K and men's 10K by Jackie Schneider.

Cable CXC Super Cup Classic Coverage

January 16, 2021
Near perfect conditions Saturday for classic distance races at the Birkie trailhead in Cable, Wisconsin for the CXC Super Cup series. In the men's 15K, NMU's Kjetil Baanerud clocked the only sub 41 minute time with 40:36 with Brian Gregg second, Tobias Moosmann, NMU, third. The women's 10K field was lead by Malin Boerjesjoe, NMU, who has the only sub 32 minute time, coming in at 31:37 with Renae Anderson second, Henriette Semb, NMU third. Top U20 times when to Anabel Needham and Colin Freed. Fastest in the U18 were Molly Moening and Jasper Johnston. U16 victories were earned by Sydney Drevlow and Davis Isom. Results linked in, along with photosets from Jackie Schneider.

Racing Outlook

January 11, 2021
An early update on the weekend races: Registration closes for the Cable JNQ Tuesday night; Pre-Loppet is on; HinderBinder is on; River View Loppet is on!

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Pre-Loppet Registration Closing - Register by Thursday night if you plan to race in the Pre-Loppet on Sunday.

Houghton CXC Super Cup: Freestyle Coverage

January 3, 2021
It was the Gregg show on the trails at Michigan Tech Sunday for the freestyle races of the CXC Super Cup. Parents Brian and Caitlin Gregg schooled the younger skiers, taking victories in the 15K and 10K freestyle races. Brian won by almost 15 seconds over NMU's Kjetil Baanerud, with MTU's Patrick Acton third. Caitlin crushed the women's field, posting a winning margin of nearly a minute over Malin Boerjesjoe, NMU, with Mara McCollor, Mpls Ski Club, third. Best U20 results were posted by Olivia Laven and Colin Freed, top U18 juniors were Molly Moening and Adrik Kraftson, with Margo Nightingale and Daniel McCollor the fastest of the U16 class. Results linked in, plus photosets from Chris Schmidt are posted.

Houghton CXC Super Cup: Sprints Coverage

January 2, 2021
The Midwest racing season finally got underway with a weekend of racing action on the trails at Michigan Tech for the CXC Super Cup. Saturday's races were a double-header as pandemic restrictions forced the traditional sprints to be a qualifier only event, with classic in the morning and freestyle in the afternoon. The top combined time on the day went to Austrian native Tobias Moosmann, skiing for NMU, and clocking 5:40.17 while Sweden's Malin Boerjesjoe, also NMU, had the best women's combined time of 6:38.91. Top U18 times went to Jasper Johnston and Jordan Parent, U16 victories were earned by Dietrich Mattison and Margo Nightingale. Results linked in, photosets from Chris Schmidt linked in. Sunday will feature individual start freestyle distance races.

Collegiate Racing Update

December 30, 2020
The collegiate world has been rocked hard by the pandemic. Luke Brown has been trying to stay on top of the ever evolving scene and brings us the last updates on the major regions, including a new NCAA Championships host.

Minnesota Issues New Covid Guidelines

December 28, 2020
On Monday, Minnesota issued an update on Covid restrictions for youth and adult sports which will go into effect on January 4th. Outdoor team practices, with size limits, can resume on Jan 4th but competitions must wait until Jan 14th to begin. According to the latest updates, mask usage will be required for most sports including skiing.

2019-20 Season Highlights

May 1, 2020
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2019-2020 collegiate racing season.