The Overall and our Individual Results are now posted. There were no team scores at the moment and I am not sure if there will be any.
Solid conditions, although slower snow, and a much more challenging course than what our skiers have been used to this year, brought out a good day for the Cardinal Skiers, with solid efforts and everyone skiing hard all the way to the finish line!
Jared Heida was the fastest on the day with a 7th place finish in the Boy's Varsity race. 4 more Boys, Aaron Casey, Myles Gilyard, Ricky Petroff, and Peyton Martinek, followed closely in 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th. Jacob Casey was the top JV Boy with a solid 16th place finish in possibly his best race as a skier!
Lilah Gilyard was the top Girl finishing in 11th in the Girls Varsity with Josie Ingvaldson finshing in 13th. Ava Kehr (marked as Sheryl Black in the results) edged out Kiwi Le (marked as Halle Lenz), by .01 for 16th spot to lead the JV Girls. Always amazing that two people that started at completely different times can finish that close in a 5K.
We used the relays at the end of the meet as a bit of a workout for a few of the skiers, which I think was a little longer than 1.5K, and just as challenging as the 5K, but they worked hard. Lilah and Josie fought to the finish to place 6th, with Aaron and Myles teaming up to finish in 5th followed closely by Jared and Ricky/Jaxon Lahner. Nearly 10K of racing on the challenging trails of SMU for these skiers!
It is a day that can be challenging and difficult not only because it is an unfamiliar trail system and course, as well as with the travel, but skiing on hills that are way bigger and longer than anything we have skied on this season, can be a daunting task for even the seasoned skiers, let alone the First Years. However, we saw determination, as well as relief when they finished :), and no one quit or even mentioned dropping out, and skied to the best of their abilities, and that is all we ask of any of our skiers. For those that got the opportunity to race today will be a little bit stronger mentally for that next race on Wednesday at Hyland knowing that nothing they will race on will even come close to what they took on today. They all seemed to be having fun as well!
Thanks for those parents that made it down to catch the races. It is a beautiful drive to Winona, and if you have never made the trek, it is one you should consider!