Nordic Ski: Elk girls place 4th at section meet, future seems bright

Reece Hickman sailed along toward a final 16th-place finish. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Reece Hickman sailed along toward a final 16th-place finish. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

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.

Elk captain Mary Elmquist and Reece Hickman hugged following the race. Elmquist is the lone senior in the top seven. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk captain Mary Elmquist and Reece Hickman hugged following the race. Elmquist is the lone senior in the top seven, placed 19th. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

“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.

Mallory Adams was third on the team and xxxx overall. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Mallory Adams was third on the team and 24th overall. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

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.

 

Maggie Hohlen pushed midway through the skate race. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Maggie Hohlen pushed midway through the skate race. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

Team scoring

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

Individual champion
(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

Zimmerman entrant

(45) Allison Sterneman 24:10-18:57—43:07

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