Alpine skiing: Stillwater boys win again in SEC

 

TAYLORS FALLS — The Stillwater boys remained unbeaten in the Suburban East Conference while prevailing in Tuesday’s meet at Wild Mountain. The Ponies outscored runner-up Forest Lake 721-696 to win for the second time in as many conference races. Mounds View finished a distant third with 632 points.

In the girls’ competition, Stillwater scored 744 points to finish behind Mounds View (798) and second-place Forest Lake (751). It was the first time the Ponies failed to win in three conference events this season.

Steig Peterson finished second overall with a time of 1:01.78 to lead the Stillwater boys, who placed six skiers between 10th and 21st place as part of a balanced effort. Nik Damberg (59.97) was the only finisher in front of Peterson, who enjoyed a nearly three-second gap on the third-place finisher.

Also contributing to the victory for the Ponies were Cory Carlsen and Zach Raven in 10th and 12th place while Matt Ludack (15th), Sam Skaret (17th), Brent Barclay (18th) and Nick Skaret (21st) were only separated by about two seconds. Stillwater’s depth was on display as its top finisher at the Buck Hill Invite Westin Anderson finished 28th and Jake Allison was disqualified on his second run after sitting in third place after a time of 30.55 on his first trip down the hill.

Natalie Gjermo was the top finisher for the Stillwater girls, placing fourth with a time of 53.43. Juliana Damberg of Mounds View was the top finisher in a time of 51.04.

Belen Mora was next for the Ponies in seventh place with a time of 53.31 while Claire Weber (56.43) and Maddie Neubauer (57.19) placed 11th and 13th. Ashley Ludack (57.75) and Sydney Evensen (58.19) followed in 17th and 18th.

Story Schwantes got off to a strong start for the Ponies with a first-run time of 25.88 that was the third fastest recorded, but a fall dropped her back to 33rd place.

n Stillwater produced each of the top four finishers in the girls’ JV competition with Maggie O’Reilly, Emily Donner, Maggie Raedeke and Maggie Ziedel and the Stillwater boys finished 1-2-3 with Patrick Allen, Chase Johnson and Joe Weber.

 

Boys team standings

1. Stillwater 721; 2. Forest Lake 696; 3. Mounds View 632; 4. Hastings 606; 5. East Ridge 583; 6. White Bear Lake 477; 7. Woodbury 468; 8. Cretin-Derham Hall 414; 9. Roseville 219; 10. Park 25.

Top 5

1. Nik Damberg (MV) 59.97; 2. Steig Peterson (St) 1:01.78; 3. Riley Schilling (FL) 1:04.69; 4. Holton Sailer (ER) 1:05.65; 5. Adam Peine (Has) 1:06.57.

Stillwater results

2. Steig Peterson 29.90-31.88—1:01.78; 10. Cory Carlsen 32.65-34.84—1:07.49; 12. Zach Raven 33.97-33.78—1:07.75; 15. Matt Ludack 33.67-35.41—1:09.08; 17. Sam Skaret 33.39-35.85—1:09.24; 18. Brent Barclay 34.71-34.68—1:09.39; 21. Nick Skaret 35.51-35.72—1:11.23; 28. Westin Anderson 42.34-34.08—1:16.42; 65. Kyle Szczepanski 35.70-1:06.00—1:41.70; Jake Allison 30.55-DQ—DQ.

 

Girls team standings

1. Mounds View 798; 2. Forest Lake 751; 3. Stillwater 744; 4. East Ridge 697; 5. Hastings 415; 6. Roseville 385; 7. White Bear Lake 316; 8. Woodbury 305; 9. Cretin-Derham Hall 241; 10. Park 190.

Top 5

1. Juliana Damberg (MV) 51.04; 2. Emily Nash (MV) 51.49; 3. Elizabeth Koprucki (ER) 52.58; 4. Natalie Gjermo (St) 53.43; 5. Kellie Welch (FL) 54.80.

Stillwater results

4. Natalie Gjermo 26.90—26.53—53.43; 7. Belen Mora 26.46-28.85—55.31; 11. Claire Weber 28.66-27.77—56.43; 13. Maddie Neubauer 29.46-27.73—57.19; 17. Ashley Ludack 29.18-28.57—57.75; 18. Sydney Evensen 29.05-29.14—58.19; 28. Kennedy O’Reilly 30.55-31.64—1:02.19; 33. Story Schwantes 25.88-37.23—1:03.11; 34. Cindy Prentice 32.29-30.96—1:03.25; Rachel Amos 28.49-DNF—DNF.

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