State nordic meet early recap

Duluth East senior Anna Kubek won the 10-kilometer pursuit state nordic ski title Feb. 14 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.

Kubek finished more than 22 seconds over Burnsville junior Vivian Hett and Mounds Park Academy senior Kristen Bourne.

The second and third place skiers were separated by 0.6 seconds. Bourne scored the fastest classic time of the day but it wasn’t enough to make up the time lost during the freestyle race.

Andover junior Maddie McKeefry led the ABC-Newspapers-area skiers with a 25th place finish in the pursuit in 36:35.9 which was nearly one minute slower than her 11th place finish last season. She finished the freestyle race in 18:50 and classic race in 17:43.6. Andover teammate Maria McQuillan, a senior, placed 63rd overall in 38:45.5 (19:05 freestyle, 19:40.5 classic) among the 120 skiers.

Anoka senior Kayla Billett improved her position by 10 spots and 54 seconds with a 34th place finish in 37:00.1 (18:35 freestyle, 18:24.7 classic).

Coon Rapids senior Anna Nelson scored a 58th place finish in 38:36.5 (19:40 freestyle, 18:56.5 classic) after finishing 40th last season. Nelson was 0.3 seconds behind 57th place this year.

Wayzata passed Duluth East by three points to win the team title.

Boys’ race
Hopkins Jakob Ellingson edged Eden Prairie’s Thomas Bye by less than one second for the pursuit state title Feb. 14. Ellingson won the freestyle portion by five seconds and Bye won the classic race less than four seconds.

Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony junior Jake Ajax placed 27th in the pursuit in 31:40.6 seconds or 0.2 seconds out of 25th place. Ajax finished 30th the freestyle in 15:58 and 25th 15:42.6 in the classic race.

Anoka senior Chris Hecker placed 36th in the pursuit in 32:03.6 or 0.2 seconds from 33rd place (15:56 freestyle and 16:07.6 classic). Hecker placed 32nd overall as a junior

Eden Prairie earned the boys’ team title over runner-up Ely by 20 points while third-place Forest Lake trailed by 23 points.

Check out the Feb. 22 edition of the Anoka County Union, Coon Rapids Herald or Blaine/Spring Lake Park Life for a full recap.

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