Blaine top skiers hope to move past last year’s woes

Blaine alpine skiing had high expectations going into the 2013-14 season on both the boys’ and girls’ sides with several top racers returning and a mix of compelling youngsters.

The boys were led by returning senior captains Nate Molitor and Brad Weitgenant after 10th- and 13th-place finishes in the final conference standings last winter. Neither had strong performances at sections, failing to qualify for state.

So far this season Weitgenant has channeled his motivation well to record several top five finishes, including winning the Martin Luther King Jr. Day meet at Trollhaugen Jan. 20. Sam Legierski placed third with Andover’s Jake Majors sandwiched in between.

Weitgenant was seventh at the Wild Mountain Invitational and is ranked third in the season-long conference points standings.

As for Molitor, equipment problems have derailed his season so far. Bengals coach Brian Gronski said Molitor has skied on a broken ski for the last week while waiting for the replacement to arrive by mail.

The girls are coming off a seventh-place finish in the 10-team conference and sit in third place the third week of January.

Junior captain Lexi Nelson placed eighth in the conference as a sophomore and suffered some tough luck with an equipment problem at sections to keep her away from the state meet last season. This year, Nelson is leading the team with classmate Jill Hall just behind her in the standings.

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