Eagan, Burnsville teams win SSC Nordic titles

Eagan’s boys and Burnsville’s girls won the team titles at the South Suburban Conference Nordic skiing pursuit championships Wednesday, and the Blaze’s Vivian Hett was the girls individual winner.

Eagan’s boys practice as part of the ISD 196 Nordic cooperative but are competing on their own this year. The Wildcats had three of the top six finishers and scored 155 points in the conference meet at Troll Hollow in Dresser, Wis. Bloomington was second, 19 points behind Eagan. Bloomington skiers took three of the top four spots but had no one else finish higher than 29th in the pursuit competition. Eagan had five skiers in the top 20; a team’s five fastest skiers determine its score.

Wildcats senior Nick Acton finished second in boys pursuit in 29 minutes, 24 seconds. He had the second-fastest time on the classic leg and the third-fastest freestyle time. Bloomington ninth-grader Zak Ketterson won in 27:40.

Eagan juniors Jacob Edmond (30:24) and Ryan Larson (30:47) finished fifth and sixth. Eighth-grader Patrick Acton finished 17th and junior Brady Mavitz was 20th.

Lakeville South was third in the boys team competition with 108 points. Jack Gerken (10th), Matt Schiroo (13th) and Mitchell Miller (15th) were the Cougars’ top skiers.

Rhett Carlson finished 7th in 30:57 to lead the ISD 196 boys to fourth place with 107 points. Grant Udelhofen (14th) and Kyle Hanson (16th) were other top skiers for ISD 196.

Lakeville North was seventh with 86 points. Greg Augustine led the Panthers with a 12th-place individual finish. Nate Blichfeldt was 18th individually for Burnsville, which was eighth in the team standings.

Hett, a junior, won the girls pursuit championship in 31:00, almost two minutes ahead of Sonja Hedblom of ISD 196 (32:52). Hett was one of five Burnsville skiers to finish in the top 13 as the Blaze easily won the girls team championship. Burnsville score 169 points, with Eastview second with 123.

Also counting toward Burnsville’s team score were sophomore Jordan Horner (fifth, 33:53), junior Tori Felton (eighth, 35:16), sophomore Jane Koch (ninth, 35:49) and junior Krista Bain (13th, 36:56). Senior Kjerstin Narvesen placed 15th in 37:06.

Eastview was led by ninth-grader Margie Freed, who finished sixth individually in 33:54. Ninth-graders Sydney Hedberg, Kylie Kraemer and Annika Martell finished 18th through 20th for Eastview, and junior Kayley Hedberg was 23rd.

Amy Ferguson of Lakeville North finished third individually in 33:45 and led her team to third place, one point behind Eastview. Sara Nelson (12th), Brianna Vetter (17th) and Emily Wilson (24th) also had top-25 finishes for the Panthers.

Hedblom was the top finisher for ISD 196, which was fifth in the girls team standings with 97 points. Roxanne Holt added a seventh-place finish in 34:52.

Juniors Caroline Endersbe and Libby Endersbe were 21st and 22nd for Lakeville South, the seventh-place girls team.