Nordic Ski: Elk girls move up to 3rd in NWSC, land six on all-conference
by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
The Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman girls didn’t have anyone in the top ten, but six Elks made the top 27, as they earned a solid third-place finish in the Northwest Suburban Conference meet Wednesday.
“We had six boys and six girls all-conference — that’s the most we’ve ever had,” said Kirsten Anderson, coach of both the girls and the first-place boys team. “We were hoping for four girls, and our five and six, Shannon and Maggie, worked really hard and got it, too.”
Robbinsdale Armstrong won with 544 points, followed by Andover 498 and the Elks with 494, edging Osseo with 490, in the 10-team meet at Elm Creek in Maple Grove. Osseo had the top two individuals, Kaley Shagen and Sarah Bezdicek.
Elk sophomore Reece Hickman led her team with an 11th-place finish, with junior Mallory Adams a second behind in12th. Senior Mary Elmquist placed 17th, Rogers junior Brittney Dorn 20th, and sophomores Shannon White and Maggie Hohlen were 25th and 27th.
The top 30 among 92 runners made all-conference.
The meet was held in frigid conditions, low teens with a persistent wind. Anderson said her teams didn’t mind the cold, but ice from a mild Tuesday was a problem along with having to ski on man-made snow.
The Elk girls moved up from sixth place a year ago. Hickman rose six places from 17th, Adams 15 places from 27th, Elmquist seven places from 24th, Dorn 35 places from 55th, White 28 places from 53rd and Hohlen 32 places from 59th.
“I think overall we did really well,” said Elmquist, senior captain. “Everybody skied very strong even though it was really chilly. Having six all-conference was really cool! We made a lot of progress this year. We did five or six months of summer training. I love it. Skiing is my favorite sport.”
Elmquist, also an all-conference golfer on a first-place team, added, “It’s been a very good season for us and I’m really said it’s almost over and will be my last one.”
The sectional meet is coming up next Wednesday at Theodore Wirth Golf Course in Minneapolis.
The Elks competed without one of their veteran leaders, Anna Haugen, who placed 21st last year. The three-sport athlete has a back problem from a fall early in the season.
1. Armstrong 544
2. Andover 498
3. Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman 494
4. Osseo 490
5. Anoka 433
6. Coon Rapids 402
7. Maple Grove 384
8. Park Center 234
9. Champlin Park 222
10. Blaine 102
1. Kaley Shagen, Osseo, 13:14-15:09—28:23
2. Sarah Bezdicek, Osseo, 13:52-15:05—28:57
3. Maddie McKeefry, Andover, 13:49-157:15—29:04
4. Hannah Rudd, Armstrong, 13:32-15:35—29:07
5. Anna Nachbor, Armstrong, 14:11-15:45—29:56
6. Anna Nelson, Coon Rapids, 14:17-15:41—29:58
Elks counting scores
11. Reece Hickman 15:27-16:17—31:44
12. Mallory Adams 14:53-16:52—31:45
17. Mary Elmquist 14:51-17:42—32:33
20. Brittney Dorn 15:01-17:55—32:56
25. Shannon White 16:06-17:25—33:31
27. Maggie Hohlen 16:07-17:26—33:33