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Peterson finishes seventh at SEC meet

Hastings sophomore Rachel Peterson continues to climb up the Suburban East Conference ski rankings.

On Jan. 8, the HHS sophomore placed seventh overall at a conference meet.

"She had a great race," coach John Dewall said. "She's just on top of her game. This is against some of the best skiers in the state. She's really coming on here, and she's only getting better as the season rolls along."

Paced by Peterson's strong finish, Hastings placed seventh out of nine teams. Stillwater won the meet with 453 points, edging out White Bear (451). Hastings had 314.

Peterson finished with a time of 17 minutes and 27 seconds.

Makaila England took 32nd for Hastings. She finished in 20:10.

"Overall, her technique looks great," Dewall said. "Every meet, she improves. She's working hard."

Also racing were: Vic Zeyen, 78th; Emily Klysen, 83rd; Amelia Strauss, 84th; Valya Tipler, 86th and Hayley Peterson, 91st.


The Hastings boys were led by Zack Benning, who took 11th overall. He had a time of 15:42.

"Of those top 11 kids, four of them are ranked in the state," Dewall said. "Here's Zack, basically in his third meet after a month on snow, and he's knocking on the door with some of the best skiers in the state. He's cutting off huge chunks of time. He's in unbelievable condition, and as his technique improves, he's cutting off chunks of time."

Hastings finished fifth out of nine teams.

Forest Lake won the meet with 462 points and Roseville was close behind with 456. Hastings has 343 points.

Joe Rabaey had a strong meet, too, finishing 28th in 17:18.

"He keeps narrowing the gap," Dewall said. "He's coming along, training hard and working hard."

Forrest Close was 36th in 18:07.

"Forrest is always working hard," Dewall said. "He did a great job in that meet."

Jack Caulkins took 54th in 19:05.

"That guy is improving every meet, too," Dewall said. "He's right in the game there. He's getting better every time he races."

Rounding out the varsity lineup for Hastings were: Alex Kane, 61st; Nick Johnson, 77th; Sawyer Karas, 80th; and Micah Walt, 82nd.