The Ranger alpine ski teams headed up to Biwabik over the weekend to compete at Monday’s MLK Invite at Giant’s Ridge. In Forest Lake’s debut at the 10-team meet, the boys placed sixth and the girls fourth.
Not everyone was able to attend, as the meet was a late addition to the schedule. Those who did race got a feel for the hill which is used for the state meet. The course is significantly longer than those used for the Suburban East Conference meets.
Senior Krista Kirchner continued a good season by placing fifth in a field of about 80. Her combined time was 1:23.99. Junior Kellie Welch took 14th in 1:28.70. Also scoring for Forest Lake were sophomore Maddie Gemunden (23rd, 1:33.35) and seventh-grader Sydney Norcross (27th, 1:37.81).
Racing but not earning points were Sydney Halley (34th), Maggie Longsdorf (35th), Eline Rodsjo (46th) and Samantha Kramer (55th).
Seven boys competed for Forest Lake. Sophomore Jacob Bush paced the crew by placing 16th with a time of 1:23.47. Senior Cody Eggers compiled nearly identical runs and took 17th, just 0.22 seconds off Bush’s mark. Eighth-grader Marty Longsdorf crossed the line in 1:28.28 to place 27th. Classmate Joe Alberg came in one place back and finished in 1:28.69.
Max Stangler (42nd), Nathan Patterson (66th) and Bobby Benyon (73rd) also competed.
Forest Lake also took part in the second SEC race of the season last Tuesday at Welch Village. The boys took third of 10, finishing behind Stillwater and Hastings. Bush placed 14th overall in 1:05.39. Longsdorf came in 13 spots later with a time of 1:08.91. Alberg was 32nd in 1:10.98. Ninth-grader Chris Wallner placed 43rd in 1:14.62, and Eggers rounded out the team’s top five one spot later in 1:15.12.
David Herman (46th, 1:16.03), Zach Ochsenbauer (49th, 1:16.89), Stangler (52nd, 1:17.23), Patterson (63rd, 1:17.98) and Mark Herman (85th, 1:56.07) also earned points by making it down the hill.
The girls’ results were unclear, but the Rangers believe they placed fourth. Kirchner took 10th with a time of 49.71, while Welch was 14th in 50.71. Norcross placed 40th in 56:20. Halley placed 48th in 57.89 and Longsdorf placed 51st in 59.62.
Kramer (53rd, 1:00.92), Rodsjo (54th, 1:01.14), Katie Goulding (72nd, 1:11.60), Gemuenden (78th, 1:19.80) and Melissa Mackey (86th, 1:33.76) also competed.