By Lawrence Nemecek and Ron McGown
On Jan. 4, the Mound Westonka White Hawks Nordic ski team traveled to Giants Ridge Ski Area in Biwabik to compete in the Mesabi East Invitational. Nearly 900 skiers turned out for the biggest high school meet in the nation on the challenging terrain of the Giants Ridge trail system. Skiers competed in 5k classic and freestyle (skate skiing) events. Said coach Sue Harrison, “The skiing and conditions were fantastic, and the competition lived up to the high standards of this race.”
Senior captain Kate McGown led the varsity skiers and finished the freestyle race in the top third of the pack at 20:07. Sophomore and first-year racer Lance Nemecek paced the boys team with a freestyle finishing time of 17:15. Senior Grace Hanson and juniors Nolan Hanson and Roman Fenzl filled out the team standings for the freestyle race.
Senior captain Robby Brustad (20:09) and junior captain Carly McGown (26:17) took charge of the classic skiers, leading junior Dylan Osborn and JV finishers junior Ethan Jemtrud and ninth-grader Adrian Overbo on the beautiful hilly course. It was a great experience for all of the White Hawks skiers who participated.
The White Hawks compete next at conference races on Thursday, Jan. 9, at Elm Creek Regional Park and Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Theodore Wirth Park in Golden Valley.