GIANTS RIDGE— Ely skiers dominated the course here last Thursday as both the boys and the girls squads bested Mesabi East and Duluth Denfeld. Both teams were led by first place individual …
GIANTS RIDGE— Ely skiers dominated the course here last Thursday as both the boys and the girls squads bested Mesabi East and Duluth Denfeld. Both teams were led by first place individual finishes, by senior Jasper Johnston in the boys competition and sophomore Zoe Devine for the girls.
“We had a good day last week,” said Ely Head Coach Paula Anderson. “It was really a treat to ski the section and state classic course in a regular meet, without all of the pressure.”
Johnston, who finished the 5K classic course in 15:39, crushed the field, beating teammate and second-place finisher Gabe Pointer (17:04), a junior, by a minute, twenty-five seconds. Ely junior Jon Hakala (18:19) and classmate Micah Larson (18:30) finished fourth and fifth respectively as the Wolves claimed four of the top five spots in the competition to cruise to an impressive 392 points. Second place Mesabi East finished with 372 points, to 371 for Denfeld.
Devine had a tighter contest for her first-place showing, as she finished in 19:03, besting senior Lydia Skelton, of Mesabi East, by two seconds. Ely sophomore Phoebe Helms took third with a time of 20:07, while classmate Sydney Durkin took fifth with a time of 21:21 and senior Julia Schwinghamer took sixth with a time of 21:28. Freshman Ava Skustad (21:49) rounded out the top ten finishes for Ely. The Wolves finished with 389 points, just ahead of Mesabi East’s 383 and well ahead of Denfeld’s 346.
The Wolves’ previously scheduled Feb. 11 meet was scratched this week. They’re next scheduled to compete at Mt. Itasca on Tuesday, Feb. 16. They’ll be in Duluth on Feb. 23.