Kirchner, Welch lead FL to fourth at SEC meet
The Forest Lake alpine ski girls posted their highest score of the last two seasons in the Jan. 24 Suburban East Conference meet at Wild Mountain. Their total of 601 points put them in fourth place behind Stillwater, Mounds View and Hastings.
The squad achieved another first-time accomplishment, as Krista Kirchner and Kellie Welch both placed in the top 10. It marked the first time two Ranger girls accomplished that feat in the three seasons under the current scoring format. Kirchner placed fifth in 1:04.76 and Welch sixth in 1:05.96.
Maddi Gemuenden (29th, 1:11.59), Maggie Longsdorf (38th, 1:14.18) and Sydney Halley (43rd, 1:16.78) rounded out the team’s top five.
Elli Rodsjo improved on her career best by 10 places, taking 44th in 1:16.92.
All 10 Forest Lake skiers finished the race. Sydney Norcross (50th, 1:22.57), Samantha Kramer (59th, 1:24.88), Melissa Mackey (61st, 1:27.71) and Katie Goulding (74th, 1:48.57) also scored.
Individually, East Ridge’s Elizabeth Koprucki won the meet with a time of 59:38.
Boys place sixth
Nine Rangers scored as the boys placed sixth with 544 points. Stillwater won the meet with 830.
Cody Eggers paced Forest Lake by finishing a career-best 11th in 49.93. Fellow senior David Herman also had a career-best performance and placed 23rd in 51:29.
Four other skiers placed in the top 41: Jake Bush (31st, 52:05), Riley Schilling (33rd, 52:45), Marty Longsdorf (38th, 53:86) and Joe Alberg (41st, 54.47).
Also scoring were Nathan Patterson (56th, 59:68), Espen Rodsjo (65th, 1:01.88) and Nick Goulding (67th, 1:02.15).
Jake Schwanz did not finish his first run.
Kyle Sczepanski of Stillwater earned the individual victory with a time of 52.64.
The alpine teams finished the SEC season at Wild Mountain this Tuesday. They compete today (Feb. 2) at the Centennial Invite at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik. The Section 7 meet will be held next Tuesday, back at Giant’s Ridge.