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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.

Boys

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.

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