MPHS Nordic wraps up season in Minturn, now headed to state
On Feb. 17, the MPHS Nordic Team traveled to Minturn for their last regular season race, a mass start classic 5K on a technical hilly course. Luckily Mother Nature finally got the winter memo and snow conditions were excellent on a sunny calm morning. Overall coaches were less focused on team placement this week. This was the last shot at state qualification for several athletes and their focus was to lay it all out on the race course while the 14 athletes who had previously qualified raced strong and steady while saving their best performances for next week’s state meet in Leadville. Several team members took the week off as they recover from illness.
The men’s team placed 7th out of 13 teams with Sebastian Brower leading the way in 11th with a time of 16:06. Kimo Sullivan was 31st (17:54) and Ethan Callarman 45th (18:36) to round out team scoring. Alex Holinka cruised to the finish in 48th (18:48) followed
by Isaiah Callarman in 65th and Graydon Walker in 79th. Rounding out the men were Eric Berry, Guy Granger, and Jonathan Siefken.
With her 16th place finish in a time of 20:00, Elizabeth Barker led the women to a 7th place team finish out of 12 teams. Also scoring for MPHS were Raelee Granger in 25th (21:15) and Katelyn Cimino in 33rd (22:00). Perhaps the highlight of the day was Katelyn’s qualification for state meet after just missing the cut-off in previous races. Maggie Barker hit the finish in 41st (22:49). Next was senior and perennial top finisher Emily Jensen who focused on pacing her teammates who were trying to qualify today. Having strong individual races were Selena Stoncius, Emily Lantermans, and Emily DePlata.
The 15 athletes who qualified for State will head to Tennessee Pass Nordic Center in Leadville on Wednesday afternoon to preview the course. They will tackle an individual start classic 5K on Thursday morning and a pursuit start skate 5K on Friday afternoon.
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