|3/19/2021 2:36:00 PM|
Brown comes in 18th at state, Cartier in 45th
Augie Brown and Megan Cartier certainly represented Chisago Lakes well at the state alpine ski meet on Wednesday, March 10.
Brown, a senior skiing in his last high school race, went out with a bang, finishing in 18th place in the elite meet.
He didn’t have his smoothest run on the Helsinki Course, finishing in 40.29 seconds, but there were tough conditions for skiers, especially when the state meeet is usually held in mid-February, not mid-March.
Even though it wasn’t his best run on the course, he still did well enough to come in 23rd place in that run, setting him up to move up in the standings with a good run on Innsbruck, and he definitely got that. He jumped all the way up to 17th place on Helsinki with a time of 37.98 seconds, and that spectacular run was good enough to boost him up to 18th place overall. His overall time of 1:18.27 jnust edged out Reid Sprenkle of Edina and Jaggen Qie of Wayzata, and finished just behind Garrett Thom of White Bear Lake and Joshua Nelson of Mankato West.
Zach Trotto of Forest Lake, who was tops in the section that Chisago Lakes was in, won the state title with a time of 1:12.04, besting William Nida of Lakeville South by a half a second.
For Cartier, her final ski race as a senior was also a great experience. She came in 45th place overall with a time of 1:29.56. Her Helsinki run was strong with a time of 46.44 seconds. On the Innsbruck course, she did even better, but unfortunately, even more skiers shed time and she finished 52nd on the course despite putting up a 43.12 second run.
Blake’s Ava Pihlstrom won the state title by sweeping both runs and finishing in 1:15.54.
Lakeville South won the boys team title, just barely beating Stillwater. On the girls side, Edina edged Orono to win a state championship.