February 2, 2012 at 8:44 a.m.
Northwest Suburban Meet at Trollhaugen
The Chisago Lakes boys alpine ski team has avalanched the competition this year with their depth and with the talent of Joe Cartier and Jake Sandgren at the top of the hill.
Both skiers are consistently among the top five finishers in each race, and the team leans on both heavily to contribute big points to hold off Centennial, who has been consistently in second place.
However, after a wipeout sent Cartier stumbling to 51st in the meet, the boys would need to find those points elsewhere, and the whole team stepped up and got the job done.
Sandgren got his usually top five finish, completing the red course in 26.78 seconds and the blue course in 27.89 seconds for a total of 54.67 seconds. That put him in third place overall.
Hogan Haas stepped his game up and finished in fourth place overall with a 56.66 combined run. His 27.60 second run on the red course was the fifth best time of the day.
Youngster Anders Brown had one of his best races of the year. He blew through the red course in 28.32 seconds and the red course in 29.53 seconds, leaving him with a total time of 57.85 seconds, which was good enough for sixth place overall.
Hunter Haas provided a fourth Wildcat skier in the top 10 when he finished the courses in a combined time of 59.02 seconds. That earned him a 10th place finish.
Miles Turk, Brandon Marvin and Casey Bennett rounded out the varsity scorers for CL. Turk finished in 19th with a time of 1:01.12, Marvin finished in 20th with a time of 1:01.57 and Bennett finished in 36th with a time of 1:04.02.
Cartier, who had the second fastest run on the red course with a time of 26.32 seconds, finished the blue course with a time of 45.20 seconds.
Although the Wildcats didn’t have the comfortable lead they’ve been accustomed to, they still won the meet with 609 points. Champlin Park came in second place with 573 points and Centennial finished in third place with 568 points.
Despite another first place finish from the legs of Katie Rayer, the girls as a team still couldn’t close the gap on the Centennial Cougars at the top of the Northwest Suburban mountain.
Rayer skied the best time of the day on the red course with a time of 26.88 seconds, and she finished second on the blue course with a time of 28.10 seconds. Her combined time of 54.98 seconds was nearly two full seconds in front of second place Erin Wendt of Centennial, further proving Rayer’s dominance of the NWSC.
Elizabeth Frischmon provided a solid secondary score for Chisago Lakes, finishing the race in eighth place with a combined time of 1:02.03. She finished in the top 10 in both of her runs on the day.
Ashley Angel, who finished in ninth place on the blue course, had some wobbles on the red course and ended up finishing with a combined time of 1:17.23 in 54th place.
Johanna Specht and Lauren Peltier had top 30 scores for Chisago Lakes as Specht came in 24th with a time of 1:08.49 and Peltier finished in 29th place with a time of 1:09.08.
But, it wasn’t enough to chip away at the near 80 point lead Centennial has enjoyed most of the season. As a team, the girls scored 391 points to finish in second place. Behind four top 15 finishes and seven top 26 finishes, Centennial won the meet with 468 points.