Skiers continue dominance


Over the weekend the Wildcat ski team continued it’s dominant pace as it swept both the men’s and women’s classic and freestyle races at the Telemark SuperTour race in Cable, Wisc.
“The athletes are skiing right now within their ability,” said head coach Sten Fjeldheim. “They’re all starting to look a little bit more focused, as far as technique goes.”
Fjeldheim added that he was impressed this weekend with men’s team partly due to the four top-ten finishes in the freestyle.

Martin Stuge Banerud led the ‘Cats with a second-place showing as he cross the finish line with a time of 28:00.1. Phill Violett was fourth, Gus Kaeding seventh and Justin Singleton ninth.

On Sunday the men continued with quality finishes, as Banerud finished second, Violett took third, Kaeding was in fourth and Singleton placed fifth.

Fjeldheim said he was impressed with all of skiers, but especially with the finishes of Keading.

“[Keading] worked really hard. He trained hard over the summer,” Fjeldheim said. “He is motivated and he is skiing great.”

For the women’s side it was much of the same, as Maria Stuber won the event and Morgan Smyth placed second. Laura DeWitt was third in the freestyle race. In the classic race, Smyth finished second while Dewitt came in third.

Fjeldheim said this was a big win for Stuber and she has wanted it for a while.

“Maria had the taste of blood on her tooth to win a race and she is one of the competitive women I have ever coached,” Fjeldheim said.

The ‘Cats will now have a week off before a home-and-home series with Michigan-Tech on Feb. 9 and 10.