The Crimson Nordic team competed in the Section 2 championships with the Maple Grove boys skating to a seventh-place finish.
Two skiers qualified for the state meet at Giants Ridge Feb. 14. Sean Heaton placed 12th and Mario Calabria took 14th to earn state spots. The placement for the remaining boys was Greg Brasier 41st, Eric Jackels 45th, Josh Rem 49th, Ryan Fix 50th and Alan Carstensen 52nd.
“The team showed great support for one another,” said Calabria, “The pressure to qualify for state was intense, but I could not have done it without everyone believing in me and pushing me out of my comfort zone.”
The Crimson girls finished sixth overall in the section. Leah Jackels led the team with a 26th place finish. Leah was followed by Kendal Johnson 29th, Hanna Fink 33rd, Elizabeth Kurpiers 34th, Jenny Aarons 44th, and Celina Berndt 52nd.