Kirchner caps standout season

Clint Riese
Sports Editor

When it comes to the state alpine skiing meet, all participants can ask for is to put together two solid runs. Forest Lake’s Krista Kirchner did just that at last Tuesday’s big meet at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik.

The senior took 36th in a field of 89 in her first state appearance. Her time of 1:24.27 consisted of runs of 40.89 and 44.38 seconds. Considering the second course layout was longer, Kirchner’s runs were very consistent.

“She had a very good day,” said co-head coach Kyle Oberg. “I think she would say that her goal was just to qualify, so to perform better than half the field was awesome.”

Fellow Section 7 racer Megan Danelski of Hermantown took the individual title with a time of 1:15.43 and also helped the Hawks win the team championship by three points over Minnetonka.

To Be Missed

It is no surprise Kirchner’s state performance went smooth – her entire season has been without incident. She led the Rangers in each meet this winter and placed third in the Suburban East Conference in total points.

“She had an outstanding season,” said Grant Lindemer, the team’s other head coach. “She’s a smooth skier with great desire and it paid off for her.”

Kirchner was the lone senior on a team that really came on as the season went along. Oberg credited her for setting an example by coming into the season in great shape and working hard.

“She’s just one of those kids you like to have on your team year in and year out,” he said. “She’s going to be missed.”