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Korthauer wins by a second at Telemark

Mon, Jan  28, 2008 - By Matias Saari

Keeping his perfect collegiate season intact was not in doubt Sunday for Marius Korthauer of the Alaska Nanooks, but he required a dramatic charge in the last 100 meters Sunday to claim his third straight SuperTour race outright.

Korthauer won a 15-kilometer mass start classic race Sunday at Telemark Resort with a time of 39 minutes, 21.2 seconds, edging Zach Violett (XC Oregon) by one second.

Korthauer had a wider margin in the college standings, finishing 30 seconds ahead of Martin Banerud of Northern Michigan University and 31 in front of NMU’s Phil Violett, Zach’s brother. Gus Kaeding and Justin Singleton were fourth and fifth, respectively, for the loaded NMU squad.

In the women’s Central Collegiate Ski Association 10-K race, Morgan Smyth (30:12) topped Aurelia Korthauer of Alaska by 26 seconds, with NMU’s Laura DeWitt third at 31:36. Maria Stuber of NMU, Saturday’s winner, took fourth and Laura Edlund of Gustavus Adolphus placed fifth.

Kristina Strandberg, a Swedish standout representing the professional Factory Team, won the overall race by striding in two seconds ahead of Smyth. Just a day earlier, Strandberg was victorious in the 51-K Subaru Noquemanon classic race in Marquette, Mich.

Aurelia Korthauer was third overall on Sunday and DeWitt took sixth.

Temperatures were in the upper 20s, the warmest day northern Wisconsin had seen in about three weeks.

Marius Korthauer also won SuperTour races on Saturday at Telemark (freestyle) and on Wednesday in Duluth, Minn., (sprint) and is considered one of the favorites at the NCAA championships in March. While a few of the nation’s top skiers competed this week on the SuperTour, most were in Canmore, Alberta, for a series of World Cup races which wrapped up Saturday.

NMU’s depth prevailed over the two days of racing as it topped the CCSA standings with 371 points. Alaska was next with 339, followed by Gustavus College with 268, Wisconsin-Green Bay with 262 and Michigan Tech with 246. Rounding out the standings were St. Scholastica (210), St. Olaf (173), the women’s only St. Benedict (90), men’s only St. John’s (71), Northland (67) and women’s only St. Cloud State (52).

The NCAA Central Region Championships are Feb. 16-17 in Biwabik, Minn. They are also the final NCAA qualifiers for the CCSA and will determine who makes the NCAA Championship March 5-8 in Bozeman, Mont.

Complete results from Sunday’s races can be found at www.pttiming.com/raceresults.php.

Best individual CCSA-placing Sunday from each school:
NMU — Morgan Smyth, 1st
Alaska — Marius Korthauer, 1st
Gustavus Adolphus — Laura Edlund, 5th
Wisconsin-Green Bay — Santiago Ocariz, 9th
Michigan Tech — Jenna Klein, 9th
St. Scholastica — Jason Kask, 14th
St. Olaf — Shaina Short, 16th
St. Benedict — Anna Roessler, 19th
Northland — Sara Domek, 29th
St. Cloud St. — Diane Vezendy, 30th
St. John’s — Mason Bacso, 34th

Jan. 26-27, 2008
Telemark SuperTour
CCSA team TWO-DAY COMBINED standings

WOMEN
1. Northern Michigan University, 190
2. Alaska (Fairbanks), 169
3. Gustavus Adolphus, 157
4. Wisconsin-Green Bay, 130
5. Michigan Tech, 114
6. St. Benedict, 90
7. St. Olaf, 88
8. St. Scholastica, 70
9. St. Cloud St., 52
9. Northland, 41

MEN
1. NMU, 181
2. Alaska, 170
3. MTU, 143
4. St. Scholastica, 140
5. UWGB, 132
6. GAC, 109
7. St. Olaf, 85
8. St. John’s, 71
9. Northland, 26

COMBINED
1. NMU, 371
2. Alaska, 339
3. GAC, 268
4. UWGB, 262
5. MTU, 246
6. St. Scholastica, 210
7. St. Olaf, 173
8. St. Benedict, 90
9. St. John’s 71
10. Northland, 67
11. St. Cloud St., 52

Jan. 27, 2008
Telemark SuperTour, CLASSIC
CCSA team standings

WOMEN
1. Northern Michigan University, 94
2. Alaska (Fairbanks), 85
3. Gustavus Adolphus, 81
4. Wisconsin-Green Bay, 65
5. Michigan Tech, 58
6. St. Olaf, 44
7. St. Benedict, 42
8. St. Scholastica, 34
9. St. Cloud St., 30
10. Northland, 19

MEN
1. NMU, 93
2. Alaska, 90
3. MTU, 72
4. UWGB, 67
5. St. Scholastica, 64
6. GAC, 54
7. St. Olaf, 41
8. St. John’s, 35
9. Northland, 9

COMBINED
1. NMU, 187
2. Alaska, 175
3. GAC, 135
4. UWGB, 132
5. MTU, 130
6. St. Scholastica, 98
7. St. Olaf, 85
8. St. Benedict, 42
9. St. John’s, 41
10. St. Cloud St., 30
11. Northland, 28

Jan. 26, 2008
Telemark SuperTour, FREESTYLE
CCSA team standings

WOMEN
1. Northern Michigan University, 96
2. Alaska (Fairbanks), 84
3. Gustavus Adolphus, 76
4. Wisconsin-Green Bay, 64
5. Michigan Tech, 56
6. St. Benedict, 48
7. St. Olaf, 44
8. St. Scholastica, 36
9. St. Cloud St., 22
9. Northland, 22

MEN
1. NMU, 89
2. Alaska, 80
3. St. Scholastica, 76
4. MTU, 71
5. UWGB, 65
6. GAC, 55
7. St. Olaf, 44
8. St. John’s, 36
9. Northland, 17

COMBINED
1. NMU, 185
2. Alaska, 164
3. GAC, 131
4. UWGB, 129
5. MTU, 127
6. St. Scholastica, 112
7. St. Olaf, 88
8. St. Benedict, 48
9. Northland, 39
10. St. John’s 36
11. St. Cloud St., 22