Eagan Alpine places fifth at state
by Andy Rogers
The Eagan boys Alpine ski team finished in fifth place at the state meet on Wednesday at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
Tommy Anderson was the top finisher for Eagan, coming in sixth overall in the team competition and 12th overall with a time of 1 minute, 12.25 seconds after two runs. Teammate Andrew Cumming wasn’t far behind at eighth in the team event and 14th overall, about a quarter second behind Anderson.
Andrew Finnegan (22nd), Ross Dembsky (32nd), Michael Hlas (35th) and Jesse Anderson (40th) helped the Wildcats place fifth out of eight teams.
It was the first time Eagan qualified for the state Alpine meet since 2003.
The boys finished second behind Stillwater at the section meet on Feb. 8. It was less than a ski length between second and third and only the top two qualify. Eagan finished with one more point at 402 ahead of East Ridge’s 401.
If one of their top four skiers were one place behind, it would have been a different story. Cumming finished in fourth place and Tommy Anderson.
Burnsville takes eighth
The Blaze girls Alpine team skied to eighth as a team on Wednesday. Laura Garbe was the top placer coming in at 26th in the team competition. Toni Carlstrom (32nd), Michelle Korthauer (37th), Maddie Roberts (39th), Erica Lindsay (42nd) and Lizzie Drusch (47th) helped out as well.
Eagan’s Sally Anderson placed 21st overall and teammate Gina Serantoni was 79th. Burnsville’s Tom Flickinger finished 42nd and Rosemount’s Andrew Ahlberg came in 64th.
Photos by Wayne Petrich
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