Section IV Championships
March 3, 2021
Good Evening MAST Fans!
We had a beautiful day at Wild Mt today. Sunshine. Warm temps. Great snow conditions. Fun courses. We didn’t achieve all our goals today, but our athletes accomplished a lot of them and gave it everything they had.
Oliver Mueller, Roosevelt, stood atop the podium in the afternoon race. He won by.... THREE SECONDS. Congratulations to Oliver. Also qualifying for State in the afternoon races were Erik Arnold, Charlie Smith, Meghan Abel and Elli George. In the morning races, Andreas Drekonja and Gabby Harritt both qualified for State after laying down some impressive runs. Both Quinn and Owen were one spot away from qualifying as well.
In team scoring, we fell just a bit short of our ultimate goals, but not for lack of focus, desire or effort. The Washburn girls finished second in the morning race. Gabby had the second fastest time on the first run but bobbled on the second to finish fifth overall and qualify for State. Quinn finish 7th. And how about this. Both Nahlah and Kate tied for 13th place. Down to the one hundredth of a second. Unfortunately, the Washburn girls were only one point away from placing first. That is a close ski race. The Washburn boys faced some tough competition in the morning race, placing third overall. Andreas was our top finisher in 5th and Owen finished 10th. Jackson(12th) and Callum(18th) rounded out the scoring for the boys. The Washburn boys have exceeded all of my expectations on the season. We needed to replace five of our starters from last season's Section IV championship team and these boys did a magnificent job of scaring the daylights out of the other teams. I am confident they will continue their hard work. They were not far away from making it three championships in a row.
In the afternoon, the Southwest girls surprised themselves (and everyone else) by finishing in second place behind this year’s powerhouse, Hill-Murray. Meghan Abel has learned how to ski aggressively, and it paid off with a 9th place finish. Elli George was hot on her heels in 10th. Ingrid Hartzell and Lucy Renz skied their hearts out with fearless abandon to round out the scoring, placing 12th and 15th respectively. Sandwiched between Ingrid and Lucy were Athalia (13th) and Violet (14th) from MAST. For the boys, all six Southwest boys skied beautifully today. Like the Washburn girls, they fell just a bit short, taking second behind a strong Hill-Murray team by just 9 points. Nonetheless, it was a tremendous performance. I think this might have been the first race all season in which the top six SW boys finished both runs cleanly. That is a tremendous accomplishment.
I want to thank all the parents who worked the races. Once again, we supplied more than our share of race workers and you all did remarkably good work. A special thank you to Kelly Bent for coming out of retirement and serving as a gate judge in the morning race and the starter in the second race. Thank you, volunteers. Races cannot happen without you.
Finally, I want to thank all the coaches who helped out today as well. Your dedication to our athletes is simply inspirational.
We have six practices remaining. I hope the seniors will continue to train and support our state meet bound skiers and their younger teammates. For those of you not going to state, training for next season begins tomorrow!
See you on the slopes.