Well, another great night of racing. Thank you VOLUNTEERS!!! Every position was filled. Athletes, please thank your parents--if they got you to the hill, thank them. If they worked the race, thank them twice. Once from you and once from me. Under those face masks were smiling faces soaking up the sunlight. We have never before raced this deep into the month of February. Who can't smile about that. I hope people were also smiling about how well our athletes skied tonight.
Gabby Harritt and Kate Moore finished first and third in the girls' race. Nahlah and Meghan were close behind in fourth and fifth place. And the freshman girls continue to impress, placing 6 athletes from the class of 2024 in the top 11. Eighth graders Amelia Moertel and Lia Rulf had strong finishes as the 9th and 10th fastest girls for Washburn today.
Andreas Drekonja put down two very consistent runs today to take first place in the boys competition. Teammate Owen Hemer was close behind in second and Charlie Smith had an outstanding second run to secure third place and ward off Levi Ehlers who skied the second run on the edge of disaster today. Levi, great job finding ways to stay in the course without spilling too much speed. Love the aggressiveness. In a post race interview with ESPN, Charlie Smith credited the breakthrough of his second run to the fact that he focused his vision two and three gates ahead in the course. This allowed him to see the line he needed to take more easily. Try it. The Washburn boys had their largest victory over SW to date. We'll have to wait until next Friday to see whether the SW boys, led by Erik "thunderthighs" Arnold, can turn the tables on their crosstown rivals.
Thank you again to all the parents and the coaches who worked today's race. Another quality race under your belts.
See you bright and early...