The Overall Results are now posted on the right side of the blog. Two things of note, there were no team scores and because of a few number of athletes, they decided not to post any results for the 1 Lap racers. I'll try and work on those myself today and get those posted. I did however do a rough team scoring based on the results.
Yesterday was a solid start to the racing season and it was nice to see where we are at through a couple of weeks of training and what we need to work on. Congratulations to Abby Ellenbecker as she started out the season with a solid and comfortable win, showing the time and work she has been able to get in. The Girls team finished in 6th out of 6 counting the top 6 skiers (this is how many score for the Conference Meet), but we are a very young and inexperienced team. With many of our 2nd and 1st year skiers around the top 10 for the team it will be a possibility of seeing the team move up throughout the season.
The Boys finished in 3rd out of 6, just a few points out of 2nd, led by Josh Thoen and his 5th place finish in a fairly tight race at the top of the standings. We were able to get 5 boys in the top 22 out of 116 total boys skiers, with Jared Heida (9th), Noah Christiansen (12th), Aaron Casey (21st), and Myles Gilyard (22nd) helping keep the Boys near the top. It will be a mix of experience and youth on the Boys side as they move forward throughout the season. We had a solid day on the Boys side, but we know that we can be faster and it will be important for their development to come together more and help push themselves to improve.
As mentioned, we all as coaches thought it was a solid start for the first year skiers. There was a lot of effort out of them and it will be fun to see how they progress as they hone in on their techniques. The second year skiers also showed a lot of fight and improvements from a year ago. There are still areas to improve on, which we can focus on as we move forward. But it was an all around solid day with some big positives and areas of improvement to look at to help us move forward.
For those that are new to the sport, if you want to see results from not only all of our races, but races throughout the state, then click on the the link at the top of the page for Skinnyski.com. This will also be a good spot for all things Nordic Skiing that are happening, including trail reports, citizen races, and important Nordic events happening in the world.
Thanks and glad to see so many out on the trails yesterday,