|1/19/2017 1:23:00 PM|
Girls get top three sweep in morning MLK alpine ski race
The Chisago Lakes girls had a phenomenal showing at the ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Race at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik.
The holiday race was highlighted in the morning by Ellie Frischmon, Hannah Janzig and Hannah Stec finishing one-two-three in the morning race.
Frischmon’s combined time of 1:15.44 blew the competition out of the water. Her chief rival, Alex Stone of Brainerd, fell on the red course and didn’t finish, so she wasn’t able to challenge Frischmon in the morning race.
Janzig and Stec finished within fractions of a second of each other. Janzig came in second with a combined time of 1:19.23 and Stec’s combined time of 1:19.27 put her in third place. They both narrowly beat Morgan Gasser of Bloomington, who was fourth with a time of 1:19.68 and Tessa Trettel of Centennial, who came in fifth with a time of 1:19.87.
The girls wrapped up their first place finish when Mikayla Granfors place 17th with a time of 1:26.81.
As a team, the ‘Cats scored 298 points, which put them almost 30 points clear of second place Stillwater, who scored 270.
In the afternoon race, Stone stayed upright and she just barely beat Frischmon on both the red and blue course.
The CL senior went 38.87 on the red course and 38.88 on the blue course while Stone, of Brainerd, went 38.41 on the red course and 38.70 on the blue course. It was pretty much a two-horse race between those two and Stone got the better of it in the PM race.
Chisago Lakes also fell from the top spot in the second race of the day, losing to Stillwater by one point, 246-245. Stec finished fourth overall with a time of 1:21.63, Sophie Janzig came in 11th and Bailey Letourneau came in 14th. The ‘Cats missed Janzig’s second run, as she finished in fourth in her first run, but took a tumble in the second run, pushing her down to 24th after the top three finish in the morning.
The boys didn’t fare as well in the team competition, but they did get a double champion in Anders Brown.
The senior repeated his performance from last year by getting first place in both the morning race and afternoon race.
He finished the morning race in a combined time of 1:10.36 and the afternoon race in a combined time of 1:11.17.
In the morning races, everyone around and Ryan Mower had a tough time staying upright, leading to a fourth place finish in the team competition. Mower finished in sixth place after going fifth on the red course and sixth on the blue course.
In the afternoon race, nobody fell, and the ‘Cats boosted all the way up to second place. They got the win from Brown, a 10th place from Mower, an 18th place from his brother Jamie Mower and a 19th place from Zach Hennen.
As a team, they finished second to Stillwater, who was able to win both the boys and girls afternoon runs, with Chisago Lakes in second in both competitions. The margin in the boys wasn’t quite as narrow as the girls, though, with Stillwater winning by 26.