Benning, Peterson qualify for state nordic ski meet again
The Hastings Nordic ski team will have two representatives at the state meet next week in Biwabik.
On Tuesday afternoon, a pair of Hastings skiers qualified for the state’s biggest meet.
At Valleywood Golf Club in Apple Valley, the girls got a seventh-place finish from Rachel Peterson and a sixth-place finish from Zack Benning.
Both have raced at the state meet before. For Peterson, this will be the third trip to the big meet. For Benning, who just took up skiing last year, it will be his second.
Peterson had a strong 5k classic race in the morning, finishing her race in 20 minutes and 8 seconds, good for the sixth-fastest time of the morning. In the afternoon’s skate leg, though, she had a time of 18:16, the 11th-fastest time. She had a combined time of 38:23. The winner, Margie Freed of Eastview, had a time of 35:04.
Benning, meanwhile, was ninth after the 5k classic race in the morning with a time of 17:21. He had the eighth-fastest skate time of 14:52 and ended up with a combined time of 32:13. The winner, Josh Podpeskar of Eagan, had a time of 30:23.
Here is how all the skiers from Hastings fared, first from the girls:
Hannah Peterson was 40th in 46:21; Makaila England was 52nd in 50:52; Vic Zeyen was 54th in 51:26; Abberly Smith was 55th in 52:27; Allissa Smith was 56th in 52:34; Alexis Edmundson was 64th in 56:46.
The girls placed eighth as a team with 251 points. Eastview won the race with 385 and Winona-Cotter was second with 346.5.
There were 12 teams in the girls meet.
For the boys:
Will Caturia was 21st in 34:32; Kyle Gudmunson was 47th in 38:36; Garrett Tuin was 53rd in 41:37; Nick Johnson was 59th in 43:06; Jacob Rabaey was 64th in 45:51; and Sawyer Karas was 71st in 55:37.
Eagan won the boys meet with 380 points. Winona-Cotter was second with 369. Hastings finished sixth with 277 points. There were 13 teams in the boys meet.
Hastings competed at the Suburban East Conference championships last week.
As a team, the Hastings boys placed seventh out of nine teams. Stillwater won the meet with 458 points and Forest Lake was second with 451. Mounds View was third with 435.
Hastings had 302 points to come in ahead of Park and White Bear Lake.
The boys were led by Zack Benning, who was 13th and earned all-conference honors.
Benning finished the 5K classic race in 20 minutes and 39 seconds, then finished the skate race in the afternoon with a time of 18:33. He had a combined time of 39:12.
The winner, Leo Hipp of Forest Lake, finished in 35:23.
Benning was actually in 14th place after the morning race and had the 11th-fastest time in the skate to move up one spot.
Will Caturia was 27th for Hastings. He had a combined time of 41:50 and earned all-conference honorable mention honors.
Kyle Gudmunson was 67th in 52:58.
Nick Johnson placed 68th in 53:32.
Garrett Tuin took 75th in 57:38.
Also racing for Hastings were Jacob Rabaey and Seth Greengo.
On the girls side, the Raiders placed eighth out of nine teams. Stillwater won the meet. Roseville was second and Forest Lake was third.
The Hastings girls were led by Rachel Peterson, who finished 20th in 47:20 and earned all-conference honors. The winner, Rocci Wohlk of Forest Lake, had a time of 39:38.
Peterson had a classic time of 24:21 and a skate time of 22:59.
She is a junior.
Her sister, seventh-grader Hannah Peterson, finished 52nd in 58:19.
Vic Zeyen was 58th in 1:00:52. Makaila England placed 59th in 1:01.20.
Abberly Smith took 65th in 1:04:57.
Also racing for Hastings were Allissa Smith, Anna Lindner, Kailee Harrington and Savannah Henderson.