MARQUETTE, Mich. — Northern Michigan head Nordic skiing coach Sten Fjeldheim announced the signing of Zak Ketterson to a National Letter of Intent Wednesday.
"Zak is a very talented young athlete," Fjeldheim said. "He was one of the top U-18 skiers in the U.S. on a consistent basis last ski season. He will fit in well with the men's ski program here at NMU. He is ready to compete with the best in the NCAA."
A native of Bloomington, Minn., Ketterson won the 2014 Minnesota state championship and qualified for the 2015 World Junior Championships. The top-ranked United States Ski and Snowboard Association 1997-born skier for distance, sprint and overall, he placed third at the state championship meet during his freshman year at Jefferson High School, where he has competed at the varsity level since seventh grade.
Ketterson raced in the Scandic Cup, where he took sixth, and the Senior Nationals classic sprint, where he placed third. A four-time club MVP, he led Loppet Nordic Racing to back-to-back Junior Nationals titles in 2014 and 2015.
Ketterson also runs cross country and track & field for Jefferson, earning three letters in cross country and five in track & field. He qualified for the 2015 cross country state championship meet and is a two-time track & field captain.