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Full speed ahead: Alpine ski teams excel at Welch Village Invitational

Dustin Erickson competes at the Welch Village Invitational on Friday.1 / 6
Alyssa Gerlach competes at the Welch Village Invitational on Friday.2 / 6
Matt Hoffman competes at the Welch Village Invitational on Friday.3 / 6
Juliann Moes competes at the Welch Village Invitational on Friday.4 / 6
Adam Peine competes at the Welch Village Invitational on Friday.5 / 6
Kelly Pechous competes at the Welch Village Invitational on Friday.6 / 6

All in all, it was a very successful day Friday for the Hastings Alpine ski teams.

The Raiders competed at the Welch Village Invitational in Welch.

There were two boys teams, and two girls teams, and highlights were found on all those teams.

"It went very well for us," Hastings coach Jim Peine said. "It was a very successful day."

The regular season is quickly coming to a close for the Raiders. The team's final conference meet was Tuesday night at Welch Village.

The Hastings girls are in second place in the Suburban East Conference. The boys are in fourth place.

The section tournament is Wednesday at Wild Mountain near Taylors Falls.

"I'm hoping to have, if not the girls team, at least two to three girls make the state meet, and two to three boys make it," Peine said. "If we put it all together, we could do very well at sections."

Girls team one

The Hastings girls team one placed fourth with 273 points at the Welch Village Invitational. The Raiders were just 10 points out of first place. East Ridge won the girls race with 283 points. Northfield was second and La Crosse/Logan placed third.

Senior Kelly Pechous led the Hastings girls with a second-place overall finish with a combined time of 1:06.00. She completed her first run in 33.90 seconds and the second in 32.10.

"She had a very good day," Peine said. "She has been skiing extremely, extremely well. She's on top of her skis. She's looking forward. We're really excited about how she's doing."

Alyssa Gerlach placed 12th overall with a combined time of 1:13.57. She had times of 37.54 and 36.03 on her two runs.

Juliann Moes finished 16th overall. She finished her first run in 38.64 and her second in 37.19 for a combined time of 1:15.83.

Boys team one

The Hastings boys team one placed second with 266 points. They came in behind La Crosse/Logan, which finished with 279.

Matt Hoffman led Hastings with a third-place overall finish. He had times of 30.43 seconds and 31.29 seconds for a combined time of 1:01.72.

Dustin Erickson finished 15th overall. He had runs of 34.31 and 34.50 for a combined time of 1:08.8.1

Adam Peine took 19th overall with a combined time of 1:11.93. He had runs of 35.99 and 35.94.

Matt Boetcher also skied for Hastings. He placed 39th with a combined time of 1:23.74.

Boys team two

The Hastings boys team two placed fourth in its race with 264 points. St. Thomas Academy won the boys race with 278 points. Rochester Mayo/Century was second (277) and Hill Murray was third (272).

Jacob Juelfs and Peter Cordell tied one another for 10th place overall with identical combined times of 1:04.95.

Juelfs finished his runs in 33.19 and 31.76.

Cordell finished his runs in 33.09 and 31.86.

Girls team two

The Hastings girls team two placed first in its race with 291 points. Mahtomedi was second with 276.

"They dominated," Peine said. "They skied tremendously."

Gabriella Sorg won the race with a combined time of 1:03.98 with runs of 33.06 and 30.92.

Sorg is an eighth-grader.

"She dominated on that course," Peine said. "She did very well."

Janna Sorg was fifth with runs of 37.08 and 33.5 for a combined time of 1:10.38.

Katie Gapp finished sixth in 1:10.88. She had runs of 37.12 and 33.76.