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College Cup Part of U.S. Championships

US Nationals

Thu, Jan  3, 2008 - By Dean Woodbeck

HOUGHTON, Mich. (Jan. 2) – Close to 30 teams are expected to compete for the College Cup during the U.S. Cross Country Championships underway at the Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center in Houghton, Michigan.

In addition to serving as the national championship races for U.S. Nordic skiing, the event also awards the College Cup to the best-performing collegiate team in the two distance races. College skiers earn points for their institutions based on their finishes in the freestyle race on January 1 and the classic race on January 3.

Defending champion Northern Michigan University will be out in force again this year, although the Wildcats' top two women skiers and Olympic veterans, Lindsey Weier-Dehlin and Lindsay Williams, have moved on. The duo were the top two collegiate women in both races last season.

The U.S. Cross Country Championships will resume again January 3, with the classic competition. The day begins with the sit-skiers covering a 6 kilometer course. Then the able-bodied men will ski 15 kilometers and the women will race 10 kilometers. There will be a individual sprint on January 5 and a team sprint on January 6.

For a complete schedule, results, webcam viewing and other information, go to www.seniornationals.org.