1/3/2019 2:21:00 PM Both teams finish top five at prestigious Wild Mountain Invite
Chisago Lakes got clean runs throughout their lineup, and secured two top five finishes in the loaded Wild Mountain Invitational on Friday, December 21.
The meet features 50 girls and boys teams and nearly 300 skiers that all converge on Wild Mountain for a day of competition and fun.
There was worry with the unusually wet and warm weather that there would be some issues with the hill, but Assistant Coach Su Leslie said the hills held up beautifully and she was proud to call Wild Mountain CL’s home hill on that day.
The Chisago Lakes boys team finished third out of 25 teams, with just Brainerd and Hastings besting them, and not by much.
Jamie Mower headlined the CL boys, finishing in fifth place overall with a time of 1:02.84. He ran a smooth race on both the red and blue course, and he showed he’s an elite talent on the Minnesota ski scene. Augie Brown backed up his season-opening win the CL’s Northwest Suburban Conference opener with a 12th place finish in the Wild Mountain Invite. The sophomore finished in 1:04.74.
Zach Hennen had a nice meet for Chisago Lakes, finishing in 23rd on the blue run and 46th on the red run for a combined 28th place finish overall in 1:09.34.
Jack LeTourneau was just behind him as the youngster came in 40th place with a time of 1:10.64. There was just over a second between the two, but 12 spots in the standings, showing how razor thin the margin was with elite competition.
Mike Frischmon and Sam Witucki were the other Chisago Lakes’ varsity skiers who participated in the meet.
The ‘Cats tallied 487 points, which put them in third place. Brainerd won the meet with 501 points and Hastings was second with 493, so CL was right on both of their heels throughout.
Girls The girls team bounced back from a tough opening meet in the Northwest Suburban Conference to finish fifth at the Wild Mountain Invite.
Their top four skiers had clean runs, and it gave them a shot to compete with the top teams.
Sophie Janzig led the ‘Cats with a 10th place finish. She completed the blue run in 36.24 seconds and the red run in 36.06 seconds for a combined time of 1:12.30.
Megan Cartier was the next finisher for the ‘Cats, as she came in 25th place overall. She finished in 40th on the blue course and 15th on the red course, finishing in a time of 1:15.21.
Megan Adams finished in 36th place with a time of 1:19.55 and Kaylee Peterson finished in 42nd place with a time of 1:21.83.
Lauren Lundberg and Ashlyn Anderson were the other two varsity skiers for Chisago Lakes.
The ‘Cats actually tied with White Bear Lake for the fourth place spot, but the Bears’ fifth place finisher was higher than CL’s, which is the tiebreaker.
They tallied 451 points, while Eden Prairie won first with 498 points. Brainerd was second with 474 points and Stillwater was third with 466 points.
Centennial, one of the teams that beat CL in the season-opening NWSC meet, finished with just 375 points in 13th place.
Chisago Lakes will be back on the hill on Thursday, January 3 at Wild Mountain for another Northwest Suburban Conference meet. The girls will look to get back on top while the boys will hope to fend off any challenges that may come their way.