Solid Finishes for Varsity Boys and Girls
1/8/18 - Despite near gale force winds to help remind us it’s still winter, it was another great night of racing. I really appreciate all the parent volunteers that braved it out tonight to ensure we had a great race. As always, we had strong conference competition, along with a visit from our Section rivals in Mankato but more on that in a minute.
The boys team finished second to a very consistent and very deep Tonka team; they constantly require us to be at the top of our game. Mankato West was 3rd, nearly 100 pts behind. The Berghult brothers led the way tonight with their 1st and 2nd place finishes. Will Utendorfer had a solid 7th and Porter Johnson’s 18th place finish rounded out our top 20. We’ll continue to work on putting together two solid runs and know, when we ski the race we’re capable of, we’ll be sitting good at the end of the race.
Before I get into detail on our girls, a little context/back story…Tonight, our girls team faced off against 3 State teams from last year. Mankato West, finished 2nd by 1 pt last year! Minnetonka was 3rd only 6 pts behind Mankato. And Orono which was 4th, only 1 pt behind Tonka! Think about how close that is…no matter how you look at it, that’s incredibly tough competition (note: all 3 returned their full State teams from last season). Of course, we need to other very competitive Section rival, Eden Prairie to the mix as well. So, how’d things shake out? I’m very proud of our girls of how our girls are skiing and they proved they are capable of being a part of that conversation this season. They finished 3rd tonight behind Minnetonka and Mankato West, respectively. When there’s that much talent on the hill, top 20 finishes get distributed among the teams. Haley Utendorfer put an exclamation point on her first team race of the season with a 3rd place finish. Ilia Corniea had 2 solid runs to finish 11th and consistent Caroline Sprenkle finished in 20th. We’re going to continue to work on attacking the course and take another run at Mankato West on Jan 18.
An interesting and unusual note in the girls results (this did not hold true for the boys)…there were no course changes for the second run, yet, virtually every racer, regardless of team, had notably slower second runs. Hmmm….
Again, great racing by all. Our next race is Friday at the Welch Invite, where we’ll test our skills against 21 other teams, including the girls defending State champs from Stillwater!
In addition to Edina, teams from Minnetonka, Mankato West, Orono, Eden Prairie, Wayzata, Hopkins and Mankato East/Layola competed in this race.
Complete race results are posted on our results page here: http://edinaschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=4260
Also, remember that Buck Hill has a live cam and for a few hours after the race, you can replay the cam and watch your runs.