Crimson skiers compete at icy Mesabi Invitational

When the bus left for the Mesabi Invitational at 5 a.m. last Thursday, the temperatures were 36 degrees in Biwabik and it was raining. When the bus arrived at 9 a.m., the temperatures had dropped to 20 degrees creating an extremely icy course and interesting racing conditions. Even with the icy conditions, the Crimson finished in the middle of the pack in a meet with 1,000 other athletes.

Crimson Classical skiers strategizing the icy course at the Mesabi Invitational.

Crimson Classical skiers strategizing the icy course at the Mesabi Invitational.

The boys earned a 25th position out of 64 teams. Positioning of the Crimson Classical skiers were Sean Heaton 13th, Mario Calabrio 69th and Eric Jackels 96th. Positioning of Freestyle skiers were Greg Braisier 76th, Ryan Graham 92nd, and Josh Rem 139th.

The Crimson Classical girls earned 33rd position out of 63 teams. Placement of the Classical girls was Jenny Aarons 55th, Leah Jackels 74th, and Juhyun Kwom 116th. The Crimson Freestyle girls were Celina Berndt 96th, Hanna Fink 107th, Abby Bunnel 111th.

Leah Jackels of Maple Grove navigates the Mesabi Invitational course.

Leah Jackels of Maple Grove navigates the Mesabi Invitational course.

β€œIt was great to get our team out to compete with teams from across the state,” captain Sean Heaton said. β€œA lot of our skiers got out and raced really well. Big meets are always fun. There is nothing better than a whole day spent with the team.”

The unseasonal warm and wet weather has affected the metro ski courses and snow conditions will affect future meets. The next race is a 5K Classic currently scheduled for Thursday, Jan 17 at Woodland Trails.

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