Kavanaugh, Lindsay are Section 6 runners-up
Skiers from Burnsville, Eastview, Apple Valley and Lakeville North qualified for the state Alpine meet via the Section 6 competition Feb. 4 at Buck Hill. Lakeville North also will send its girls team after finishing second to Mankato West.
North senior Courtney Kavanaugh helped lead her team to the state meet by finishing second in the Section 6 meet with a two-run time of 47.68 seconds. It will be a return to state for Kavanaugh, who qualified individually in 2013.
Kate Hanson of Rochester Century won the section girls individual championship in 45.65.
Bailey Servais of Lakeville North was fifth in 48.39. Kathryn Kossack also was among the top 20 individuals, finishing 16th in 51.01.
Emily Ray was 31st in 56.04, Anna Konietzko placed 41st in 59.70 and Hoiland Taylor was 52nd in 1:02.51.
Section champion Mankato West is the other state-qualifying team from the Section 6 meet. Burnsville was fifth in the girls team standings
Also qualifying were the top 10 girls finishers who don’t ski for Mankato West or Lakeville North. That group includes Eastview’s Claire Hefko, who finished sixth in 48.48, and Burnsville senior Liz Drusch, seventh in 48.63. This will be Drusch’s third consecutive trip to the state meet.
Edina and Chanhassen earned the top two spots in the Section 6 boys competition. Eastview and Apple Valley were fifth and sixth, and Burnsville also was in the top 10, placing ninth.
Burnsville’s Jack Lindsay tied for second in the individual competition in 43.31 and is one of two skiers from the Blaze boys team to qualify for state. The other is junior Jon Garbe, who will go to state for the second consecutive year after finishing eighth in 44.57 at the section meet.
Others qualifying individually for the boys state meet include Eastview’s Luke Doolittle, fifth in 43.87; Apple Valley’s Robert Hapke, seventh in 44.18; Matt Xi of Lakeville North, 10th in 44.72; Liam Tyler of Apple Valley, 14th in 45.51; and Croix Turner of Apple Valley, 15th in 45.61.
Rosemount’s Aaron Ahlberg finished 18th overall and missed a place at state by one-tenth of a second.
Louis Nguyen of Chanhassen completed two runs in 41.46 to win the boys individual title. Edina’s Spencer Knack tied Lindsay for second place.
The state meet is Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, with runs scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.