By Sarah Reinhardt
The Mound Westonka High School Nordic ski team competed in the Section 6A Championship Meet on Feb. 5 at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. The morning skate race was fast due to expertly groomed trails and brisk temperatures. Leading the White Hawks boys after the morning race was junior Charlie Reinhardt in fourth place. His teammate junior Andrew Abegglen was in 15th place. The top two scoring seven-member teams and the next six individuals qualify for the state meet, putting Reinhardt and Abegglen in contention to compete at state.
The afternoon classic ski race started pursuit style, where skiers started in the order in which they finished the morning skate race. Reinhardt held his position and finished in fourth place overall. Abegglen had a phenomenal classic race, passing just enough skiers to finish in 13th place overall, securing the final individual qualifying spot for the state meet.
As a team, the White Hawks boys had an excellent finish, placing fourth out of 12 teams. Wayzata continued its dominance, posting racers in the top three positions, which led to a first-place team victory and a trip to state for the fifth year in a row. Qualifying as the second-place boys team was Robbinsdale Armstrong.
On the girls side, the White Hawks ladies came in eighth place. Sophomore Kate McGown was the top finishing MWHS skier in 38th place, improving an incredible 11 places in the afternoon classic race. In a repeat performance of last year, the girls team from Robbinsdale Armstrong took top honors, with the Wayzata girls in close second.
The Minnesota State High School Nordic Ski Meet is Feb. 15 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minnesota.