Roseville quartet advances to state Nordic meet


Sam Kurkowski

Carly Dahms

Naomi Boehm

Dan Lee

Finishing in the top two in the team standings at the Section 4 meet wasn’t in the cards for the Roseville Area High School Nordic ski teams. The top two teams from each advance to the state meet and while that didn’t happen for the Raiders, each of their teams will have competitors at this week’s state meet.

In addition to the top two teams, the top six individuals not on either of those teams also qualify for the state meet. Three members of the Roseville girls’ team qualified along with one member from the boys’ squad.

Going to state from the girls’ team are junior Sam Kurkowski, sophomore Carly Dahms and senior Naomi Boehm. Kurkowski led the way for Roseville by finishing fifth in the pursuit standings, which are determined by adding the classic and skate race times for each competitor. Kurkowski’s pursuit time was 29 minutes, 26 seconds, which left her 43 seconds behind the individual pursuit champion Regan Duffy of Forest Lake.

Dahms placed eighth in the pursuit standings with a time of 29 minutes, 42 seconds. Boehm landed in 16th place with a pursuit time of 31 minutes, three seconds and was the final individual state qualifier.

Stillwater won the girls’ section team championship with 382 points and Forest Lake was the runner-up with 375 points. Roseville took third with 354 points.

Roseville’s lone boys state qualifier is sophomore Dan Lee, who finished sixth overall and was the second individual state qualifier. His pursuit time was 25 minutes, 36 seconds, which left him 53 seconds behind individual pursuit champion Shad Kraftson of Stillwater.

In the boys team standings, Stillwater claimed the section championship with 379 points and Forest Lake took second with 327 points. Roseville finished third with 329 points to edge fourth-place White Bear Lake by six points and fifth-place Mounds View by eight.

The four Roseville qualifiers will join the rest of the field at the state meet on Feb. 16 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

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