by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
The young Elk River girls Nordic team capped an encouraging season with a fourth-place finish at the Section 2 meet Thursday.
Reece Hickman, a sophomore, led the Elks, missing “state” by one place as she finished 16th in the 13-school competition at Theodore Wirth Park in Robbinsdale.
“The season has been good, a lot better than last year,” said Hickman. “We worked harder this year. We trained all summer. So I’m proud of these girls.”
The Elks also had senior Mary Elmquist in 19th place, junior Mallory Adams 27th, sophomore Shannon White 288th, sophomore Emma Crane 36th and sophomore Allie Manthey 42nd.
Hickman held 15th place after the classic race. Needing to hold that spot or improve it in the skate race, she fell one spot, then almost caught another girl but fell back again.
“I missed by one,” said Hickman, whose brother Breck did qualify. “It’s OK, I have two more years.”
Wayzata, top-ranked in the state, was team champion, followed by Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, the Elks, and Orono in the top five.
Wayzata also had the individual champion in Alayna Sonnesyn.
For the first time, Zimmerman had a sectional entrant. Allison Sterneman, also an ERZ swimmer and Zimmerman trackster, placed 45th.
The Elk girls will participate in the coaches relay, an exhibition, at the state meet before packing away their skis.
1. Wayzata 388
2. Eden Prairie 381
3. Minnetonka 337
4. Elk Rver 318
5. Orono 285
6. Maple Grove 284
7. Chanhassen 235
8. Chaska 212
9. Holy Family Catholic 187
10. Willmar 180
11. Mound-Westonka 176
12. Rogers 170
13. Ziimmerman 156
(Listed with classic, skate and pursuit times)
Alayna Sonnesyn, Wayzata, 17:56-14:58—32:54
How Elks fared
(16) Reece Hickman 21:31-16:28—37:59
(19) Mary Elmquist 22:14-16:45—38:59
(24) Mallory Adams 23:10-16:51—40:01
(27) Maggie Hohlen 22:40-18:21—41:01
(28) Shannon White 23:25-17:50—41:15
(36) Emma Crane 23:51-18:28—42:19
(42) Allie Manthey 24:48-18:10—42:58
(45) Allison Sterneman 24:10-18:57—43:07