Coon Rapids senior captain Sam Benson found her way through the snowfall during the delayed conclusion of a triangular pursuit meet at Green Haven Golf Course in Anoka Jan. 24. Anoka, Blaine and Coon Rapids skied the classic track two days earlier. Benson finished third in the pursuit, while the Cardinals won the team race over Anoka 477-473. Anoka’s Heather Jensen led Destiny Schultz for a Tornado one-two
finish in the overall standings.
On the boys’ side, Coon Rapids edged Anoka by nine points with Blaine third, 39 points back. The Cardinals swept the top two positions with Ryan Heida winning the pursuit, five seconds ahead of teammate Micah Johnson. Anoka’s Cory Mecl was third 17 seconds back. Coon Rapids’ Kyle Mehrof leapt from 18th place in the classic race to win the skate by 13 seconds ahead of Heida.