Nordic team places in Conference meet

Meet increases team’s confidence, fan support

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Carissa Prestholdt

Sophomore Victoria Schmelzle skis downhill Jan. 7 at Theodore Wirth Park. At the Metro West Classic Dual meet, the girls placed third out of nine teams and the boys placed sixth out of nine teams. According to head coach Doug Peterson, the dual prepared the athletes for the conference meet Jan. 29.

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According to coach Pat Hartman, his favorite part of the Conference meet was seeing the girls’ team finish strong in their skate race.

“I think the girls’ finishes in the skate section of the race were really good and that was pretty fun to watch,” Hartman said.

According to sophomore Danny Shope, having two meets in one day increased the team’s confidence

“It gives us a little bit of a confidence boost to have already done a past race and have the experience,” Shope said.

Junior Ivy Houts said the team’s skis were waxed well, helping them place third.

“The meet went really well. I think our coaches did a really good job of waxing our skis,” Houts said. “I felt pretty fast, which was good.”

Although the meet took place during the school day, Hartman said Park seemed to have the most fans.

“We had a lot of people from St. Louis Park cheering,” Hartman said. “I think we probably had the best turnout at any one in the Conference for fans.”

Shope said the best part of Conference, and all other meets, is completing the race.

“The highlight of pretty much every meet is just crossing the finish line and knowing you’re done,” Shope said “That’s the best feeling.”

According to Hartman, for Sections, he will have to choose seven athletes from the boys’ and girls’ teams.

“It shows us that we have to cut down to seven skiers for boys and girls each for the Section meet,” Hartman said. “We’ll pick seven based on the results from yesterday, we had 10 skiers for the Conference meet and will hopefully make a better choice for the kickbacks.”

According to gopark.org, the boys’ and girls’ Nordic Sections meet will be Feb. 6 at Theodore Wirth Park.