The Southwest girls team finished fourth. That is the fourth time in the last five years that the SW girls have finished in the top five at State. The Lakers were led by senior Captain Mackenna Savage and 8th grader Elsa Peterson who finished tied for 27th (out of 88 female racers) with the exact same two-run combined time. Washburn individual skier senior Captain Isabel Berg placed 30th--.07 seconds behind Mackenna and Elsa. Most of the state’s top finishers were very tightly packed.
Southwest freshman Rachel Tanner had a consistent day and placed 61st, junior Captain Sophie Hedrick was 69th—even after hiking in her first run. Sophie’s strong second run enabled allowed Southwest to hold off the other four teams and to finish just off the podium. Senior Molly Voltz ended her high school career at State with a 71st place finish against Minnesota’s best racers. Sophomore Peyton Smith finished 81st after having to hike on her second run. Peyton was 57th after her first run and had a very fast second run going when she missed a gate and had to hike herself.
The Lakers’ senior Captain Jack Strand was the top Minneapolis boys’ finisher in 34th place. The Millers’ freshman Logan Griggs finished 64th after falling on his second run. Logan was 25th after the first run.
It was a great showing overall against the top skiers in the state. As is always the case, the teams and individual racers were bunched very closely. In the team competition, the Lakers finished one point ahead of perennial State-qualifier Minnetonka, just five points ahead of Stillwater, nine points in front of Cook County/Silver Bay and 13 points ahead of Eden Prairie. So every single place from each of the girls mattered!
The top 25 finishers are considered “All-State” or “All-State Honorable Mention." In finishing tied for 27th, Mackenna and Elsa were just seven one-hundredths from receiving that honor, Isabel missed by .14 and Jack by less than a second and a half.
It was a wonderful day at State, and MAST’s nine racers represented our team very well in the most competitive high-pressure race of the year where there was no room for error. The complete results are on our MAST website.
Thanks to all of the parent volunteers who fed the racers and coaches, organized the houses, tuned the skis, put up the tents, took the pictures, loaned their equipment, hauled the food and transported the kids to and from the hill. But especially, thanks to all of the coaches who have tirelessly sacrificed much of their winter to continue building what is recognized as one of the best and most consistent high school ski race teams in the state of Minnesota. Only one other school had more racers represented at State than our team. And our team was one of the youngest. It was another magnificent season.
Stay tuned for details about our banquet which will likely be scheduled for April.