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Behrends leads Nordic team at SEC meet

Hastings High School senior Wyatt Behrends made it clear Monday he is one of the Suburban East Conference's top Nordic skiers.

At the White Bear Lake Martin Luther King Invitational, Behrends placed second overall.

Behrends was in third place after the Classic leg of the race with a time of 14 minutes, 17.4 seconds. He was just two seconds off the leader, Gabe Hansen, of Stillwater.

In the Skate leg, Behrends came in four seconds behind Hansen.

At the end of the day, Behrends finished with a combined time of 26:45.1.

Hansen finished in 26:39.3.

"Wyatt had a really, really strong race," Hastings coach John Dewall said. "He was racing with that kid the whole way. It was a sprint to the finish. I was very proud of him. He was racing against the best kids in the conference. No question about it."

Hastings' Sergey Parasich finished 26th overall with a combined time of 30:30.3. He finished the Classic leg in 16:49.1 and the Skate leg in 13:41.3.

Sean Eglington finished 34th overall with a combined time of 33:42.2. His Classic time was 18:25.4 and his Skate time was 15:16.8.

Also racing varsity were Josh Swenson and Joby Nolan.

"Josh and Joby, they did well, too," Dewall said. "They had good races. They're improving every meet. That's all we can ask."


The top Hastings finisher on the girls' side was Sara Peterson. She placed 23rd in the Pursuit with a combined time of 35:21.3. Her Classic time was 19:24.1 and her Skate time was 15:57.2.

Alicia Beattie finished 33rd in 38:20.5. Her Classic time was 21:41.4 and her Skate time was 16:39.2.

Caitlin Whited also competed for the girls.

In junior varsity action, seventh-grader Rachel Peterson skied for Hastings, and Dewall said she did "a good job."