Alpine Skiing: Seven PWER skiers advance to state meet next week
After the PWER nordic ski team had a handful of skiers advance to the state meet on Tuesday, the PWER alpine ski team had the opportunity to send their own skiers to state as well.
The co-op team were able to achieve that goal by sending seven individuals to state and placing in the section meet on Wednesday at Wild Mountain in Taylors Falls. Even though the teams didn't qualify for state, head coach Scott Melander is excited to have a few skiers returning back to state and a few skiers that are new to the state meet.
For the boys side, Washburn finished as the first-place team with 404 points. St. Thomas Academy came in behind them with second place as they finished with 359 points. The East Ridge boys team was very close to qualifying as a team as the Raptors finished seven points short with 352 points.
The Woodbury boys also had a strong run with a seventh-place finish, while Park didn't have enough participants to qualify as a team.
As for individuals, East Ridge had two boys and Woodbury had one boy qualify for state. The Raptors will have junior Alfonso Amores and senior Matt Kelly represent the school on the boys side, while the Royals will send sophomore Zach Cartier.
Amores and Kelly will be returning to state after reaching the 2018 state meet last year. Amores finished fifth overall, while Kelly ended in 11th place.
Cartier will be experiencing a new meet as he's never reached state, but he finished 15th overall to earn a spot next week.
For the girls side, Southwest took the top spot with 380 points. East Ridge and Woodbury finished in a tie for teams as they both ended in sixth place. The Park girls team completed the meet with a team placement of 11th overall.
The individual race went well as four total girls qualified for the state race. East Ridge will be sending two girls, while Woodbury sends two as well.
The Raptors have freshman Emma Kate Koral and senior Grace Thomas heading to Giants Ridge, while Woodbury will be sending junior Emily Melander and freshman Annika Melander to state.
Emily Melander and Thomas will be returning to state after reaching that meet last season, but it will be new territory for Annika Melander and Koral.
Koral had a strong race finishing in fifth place, while Emily Melander rounded out the top 10 with a ninth-place finish. Thomas ended the section race in 13th place and Annika Melander also finished in 14th place.
Woodbury's senior Britta Blanding was right on the edge of the cut, but her 18th-place finish didn't allow her to advance to state.
All seven individual skiers will prepare for the state meet that takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minnesota. The first run for both genders will take place at 10 a.m. and the second run will be at 1 p.m.
The awards presentation will take place right after afterwards at about 3:30 p.m.