Congrats to Abby Ellenbecker as she was able to make the top 10 with a solid 9th place finish in the Girls Classic race at yesterday's Mesabi East Invite, the largest High School Nordic race in the country. Abby helped lead the Varsity Girls to a 20th place team finish out of 55 girls teams. Sarah Eichstadt (15th in Skate) and Josie Ingvaldson (19th in Skate) led the way for the JV Girls team that was our top team finish, as they were able to finish in 14th out of 44 teams. The Boys JV finished in a solid 15th place out of 48 teams with all four Boys having solid finishes with John Przybilla the highest at 29th in the JV Boys Classic. Jared Heida led the way for the Varsity Boys as he finished in 24th in the Boys Skate race as the Boys finished in 27th out of 53 teams despite missing one of our top skiers. A link to the overall results is on the right side of the blog.
As an overall, it was our best performance on the season and one of our better ones at Mesabi in a number of years. It is showing us as coaches that we are heading in a positive direction and that we are getting close to where we would like to be. We know that we have a lot of work to do, and with one month until the Section Meet we will putting the pedal down and doing what we can to reach our goals. One thing that we have to do though is get healthy and stay healthy. For the skiers we were with this weekend we mentioned that if they are not feeling well to take a day or two off to get better and also help not spread anything through the rest of the team. There are a lot of things floating around right now and with fluctuating temps and conditions, and the stress on the bodies, illnesses are much more likely to hit. So, please take care of yourselves and pay attention so we can be at our best when the bigger meets arrive.
Thanks to all of the parents and fans that made the trek yesterday up to Giants Ridge. It's not always easy to make the 3 hour journey, but it helps the skiers and us as coaches to have the support!
Lastly, this week, with the recent warm temps and the losing of snow, we will be making trips back to Elm Creek and Theo Wirth for practices. Monday we are at 4:30 at Elm, bus leaving at 4:00. Tuesday at 6:15 at Elm, bus leaving at 5:30. Thursday we will be at Theo Wirth, bus leaving at 3:15 and Friday at Elm, bus leaving at 2:35 (middle schooler will be brought separately after school). As for our race on Wednesday, we will be at Hyland, not Wirth, with the race starting at 4:00. Saturday is the ABC Relay's at Theo Wirth in which we will still need volunteers to help. If you are available, please let me or one of the Booster Club officers know so we are set.
Thanks and any questions, please let me know,