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Roseville girls second in SEC Nordic meet
The state rankings held true to form at last week’s Suburban East Conference Nordic ski racing championship meet. Roseville’s girls team entered the meet ranked as the second-best team in the conference and that’s how the final results played out last week.
Roseville was ranked among the group of teams just outside of the top five while Stillwater was ranked No. 2. The Raiders wound up just behind the Ponies when the final scores were tallied at the conference meet.
Stillwater won the conference team title with 472 points while Roseville was second with 442 points.
The individual standings also played out as the rankings predicted. Forest Lake junior Rocci Wohlk was the highest-ranked individual from the Suburban East Conference, followed by Roseville senior Caroline Brisbois.
At the conference meet, Wohlk won the individual pursuit title with a total time of 39 minutes, 38 seconds to beat Brisbois by almost two seconds. Wohlk won both the skate and classical races while Brisbois was second in both.
Brisbois was one of four Raiders to earn all-conference honors, which go to the top 24 individuals. She was joined on that list by teammates Hanna Torvi, a sophomore who finished fifth; senior Emily Dyson, who ended up 14th; and freshman Naomi Boehm, who was 16th.
All-conference honorable mention accolades went to the next 17 finishers, and that included Roseville eighth-grader Samantha Kurkowski, seniors Hanah Foster and Molly Quinlan and junior Robyn Holmes.
On the boys’ side, Roseville finished fourth with 400 points. Stillwater captured the conference championship with 458 points. Forest Lake was second with 451 and Mounds View took third with 435.
Individually, Forest Lake’s Leo Hipp won the conference title by winning both races.
Roseville senior Wilson Pietruszewski led his team with a 14th-place finish, which earned him all-conference honors. Also making all-conference were Roseville senior Graham Seignious, who finished 16th, and sophomore Isaac Miller, who wound up in 21st place.
Taking home all-conference honorable mention awards from Roseville were senior Ethan Furios, junior Reid Harer and sophomores Jackson Poeschl and Ethan Sailer-Haugland.
Next up for both Roseville Nordic teams is the Section 5 state qualifier on Wednesday at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. The quest for the girls team championship appears to be a two-team race between Roseville and Irondale, which like Roseville was ranked just outside the top five in the state last week.
Individually, Brisbois, ranked fifth in the state last week, and Irondale’s Mattie Watts, ranked second, should battle for the section crown.
For the boys, Andover and Mounds View are the highest-ranked teams in Section 5. Mounds View senior Steve Hokanson is the highest-ranked individual in the section and could face a challenge from Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village’s Jake Ajax.
The teams and individuals who qualify will compete at the state meet on Feb. 13 at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik.
Brian Meyers can be reached at email@example.com.
Suburban East Conference Nordic ski racing meet
Jan. 30 at Lake Elmo Park Reserve
1 - Stillwater 458
2 - Forest Lake 451
3 - Mounds View 435
4 - Roseville 400
5 - Woodbury 352
6 - East Ridge 334
7 - Hastings 302
8 - Park-Cottage Grove 293
9 - White Bear Lake 291