Burnsville girls Nordic skiers win 2 more meets

Eagan’s Acton wins boys pursuit title at SSC True Team

Jane Koch helped Burnsville win the girls race at a South Suburban Conference Nordic skiing meet Jan. 3 in Lakeville. Photo by Rick Orndorf
Jane Koch helped Burnsville win the girls race at a South Suburban Conference Nordic skiing meet Jan. 3 in Lakeville. Photo by Rick Orndorf

Burnsville further cemented its status as the South Suburban Conference’s top girls Nordic skiing team by winning two meets in three days last week.

The Blaze won the SSC True Team meet Saturday at Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley, two days after taking the girls team title in another SSC meet at Kenwood Trail Middle School in Lakeville. Burnsville’s girls team has won every conference meet it has entered this season.

The SSC True Team meet allowed schools from outside the conference to compete. One of them was Winona Cotter, which won the boys team championship.

Burnsville junior Vivian Hett was girls pursuit champion at Saturday’s meet with a combined time of 27 minutes, 41.6 seconds for the classic and freestyle legs. She had the fastest individual time in each. Sonja Hedblom of ISD 196 was second in 28:49.8.

Also making the top 10 in the girls pursuit race were Roxy Holt of ISD 196 (fifth, 30:24.5), Margie Freed of Eastview (sixth, 30:40.7), Jordan Horner of Burnsville (eighth, 31:27.0) and Jane Koch of Burnsville (10th, 32:24.9).

In girls individual sprints, a separate event, Burnsville juniors Tori Felton and Krista Bain were the top two finishers in 3:47.1 and 3:52.9. Eastview’s Annika Martell was fourth in 4:15.9.

Burnsville teams also took first and second in the girls team sprint competition.

The Blaze had 39 points in the overall team competition, with Prior Lake second at 34.5. Eastview was fifth with 24.5 and ISD 196 finished sixth with 18.5.

Eagan was boys runner-up with 31 points, four behind Winona Cotter. ISD 196 was sixth with 22 points. Burnsville was 10th, scoring two points.

Eagan senior Nick Acton was the boys pursuit winner in 24:00.5, edging Bloomington Jefferson ninth-grader Zak Ketterson by 1.3 seconds. Ketterson was first in the classic race and Acton took first in freestyle. Ketterson had a 2.2-second lead over Acton going into the freestyle race.

Josh Podpeskar of Eagan was third in boys pursuit in 25:43.0.

Rhett Carlson of ISD 196 was boys individual sprint winner in 3:03.2. The next two finishers were Eagan skiers – Ryan Larson in 3:07.5 and Jacob Edmond in 3:13.8. Eagan was first in the boys team sprint race.

Hett and Ketterson were individual winners at the South Suburban Conference 5-kilometer classic race at Kenwood Trail Middle School, while Burnsville’s girls and Eagan’s boys were the first-place teams.

Hett’s winning time was 15:31. Burnsville teammates Horner, Felton and Koch finished sixth, ninth and 10th. Eastview’s Freed was fifth and ISD 196’s Holt placed seventh.

Eagan’s Acton, Podpeskar and Larson were second through fourth in the boys race, and Edmond tied for fifth. Carlson of ISD 196 was eighth. Eighth-grader Nate Blichfeldt led Burnsville with a 19th-place finish.

Some of the conference’s top skiers will compete Saturday at the Mesabi Invitational at Giants Ridge, site of the state meet in February.