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Peterson took 16th place in Suburban East Conference race

The Suburban East Conference pursuit was held last week, and the teams were led by a 16th place finish turned in by Rachel Peterson. She had a time of 14 minutes and 41 seconds in the skate portion of the race. In the classic she had a time of 18:28, for a combined time of 33:09.

"Rachel is racing a lot, and gearing up to having a good conference meet and a good section meet," coach John Dewall said. "She always tends to ski really fast at the end of the year. That's the plan again - to do awesome at conference, awesome at the section meet and get her to the state meet. She's tough, and she has perfect technique. That definitely helps a lot."

Makaila England took 58th for Hastings. She had a combined time of 42:53.

"She has really picked up her training," Dewall said. "She's doing a lot of weekending skiing. That sure has made a difference in her performances. We're looking for good stuff from her coming up."

Vic Zeyen was 62nd in 44:02.

"She has picked up her speed and tempo in the skate," Dewall said. "We were working with her again on that Tuesday night. She can go fast - she just has to continue it for 5K now."

The race was won by Rocci Wohlk of Forest Lake. She had a time of 27:48.

Hastings finished seventh out of eight teams in the meet.


The Hastings boys were led by Zack Benning, who took 19th in 28:37. The meet was won by Lucas Mason of Roseville, who had a time of 24:57.

Joe Rabaey was 29th for Hastings in 30:05. He was just a few seconds behind Benning in the classic leg of the race.

"That was a big improvement for Joe," Dewall said. "It was a really good race for him - that's his best race of the season."

Forrest Close was 50th in 34:14.

Garrett Tuin placed 60th in 37:24.

Jack Caulkins finished 66th in 38:10.

Nick Johnson was 73rd in 39:22.

Jake Rabaey placed 83rd in 45:04.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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