|2/20/2020 3:27:00 PM|
Wildcat boys finish fifth at state championships
For a little old school in the northeast suburbs, Chisago Lakes made quite the impression at the Minnesota State Alpine Ski Meet on Wednesday, February 12.
The boys team finished in fifth place overall behind giant metro schools Lakeville South, Stillwater, Minnetonka and Edina.
All the boys did well for themselves, placing in the top 30 in the team competition, with Jamie Mower, and Augie Brown both finishing in the top 16 individually.
Mower paced the boys with a 37.14 second run on Innsbruck to open his meet, and he followed that up with a 36.51 second run on the Helsinki course. The combined total of 1:13.65 put him in 11th place just two one-hundredths of a second outside of the top 10. Minneapolis Washburn’s Luke Conway won the meet with a time of 1:10.44.
Brown, after stumbling at last year’s section meet and missing out on the state tournament, made a great impression in his 2020 run. He came in 16th place with a great 38.19 second run down Innsbruck and and 37.12 second run down Helsinki. His combined time of 1:15.31 left him right in the thick of things behind Mower.
Zach Hennen was the next fastest Wildcat through the gates with a combined time of 1:17.98. He finished the Innsbruck course quite a bit faster, registering a 38.57 second run on that one. His Helsinki run of 39.41 seconds was good for 39th on that side.
The next three Wildcat skiers were all in a consistent clump between 52nd and 58th. Jack LeTourneau finished in 52nd place with a combined time 1:20.51. Mike Frischmon was right behind in 54th place with a time of 1:21.47 and Will Hennen capped off Chisago Lakes’ competitors with a combined time of 1:22.93 in 58th place.
The finishes are all the more impressive considering there were nearly 90 of the best skiers in the state at the meet.
“It was a very well done effort from all the boys,” Assistant Coach Su Leslie said.
Sophie Janzig was the lone qualifier for the girls alpine ski team and she unfortunately ran into an issue on her first run down Helsinki. But, ever the competitor, Janzig hiked back to the gate she missed and got around it so she could finish that run and get a shot at the Innsbruck course.
She was glad she did, as she recovered well and took 13th place on Innsbruck.
“Unfortunately in high school skiing, you take the combined score of each run,” Leslie explained. “But, it was such an impressive second run for her. She’s been to the state tournament for four years and it’s just so impressive. Way to go Sophie!”