Five Lady Panthers Qualify for State Nordic Meet
On Saturday, Jan. 16 the Lake County High School Nordic team continued its season with the first classic race of the year at Maloit Park in Minturn, Colo. The five kilometer course featured rolling and technical terrain that included steep climbs, rushing descents, and sharp corners. Conditions were cold and a bit soft, but excellent for a classic race with light snow falling during morning.
With over 100 racers in both the boys and the girls races, the mass starts were crowded. The Panthers were able to avoid trouble for the most part.
Taylor Stack once again led the boys, skiing to a 17th place finish. Charlie Koch overcame an early tumble to place 35th. Joe Koch continued his excellent season by placing 43rd. All three boys notch a qualification for the state meet with their places.
Just missing qualifying for the state meet were Cheyenne Mendoza in 56th and Brandon Hanson in 60th. “This was the first race of the season for both Cheyenne and Brandon, so I would expect they could move up a few spots with a few more hard efforts,” noted coach Karl Remsen.
Zach Coffin also completed his first race of the season and placed 89th. Matthew Seibel was close behind in 97th. Jarrett Rongstad placed 100th, and Andrew Gardner was right behind in 103rd. Overall, the boys were 9th as a team.
Four Panther girls skied within sight of one another for almost the entire race, swapping their order throughout the course. In the end, Harper Powell was at the front in 29th. Phoebe Powell and Caroline Benney came in together in 34th and 35th. Just behind them was Whitney White in 40th. Molly Lenhard was in the next pack of skiers and placed 46th. All five of these girls skied fast enough to qualify for the state meet in classic skiing.
Coach Karl Remsen was thrilled with the performance of these five girls, saying, “I can’t remember the last time that we had five girls who qualified for the state meet. I don’t think it has happened in my ten years of coaching.”
Jackie Williams and Anna Schehrer both completed their first classic race, placing 59th and 81st respectively. The girls were 10th as a team.
The team has a week off from competition before they travel to Steamboat for their next race. Go Panthers!
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