MULTIMEDIA: Hopkins Boys, Girls Nordic Skiers Take Section 6 Titles
Seniors Harris Dirnberger and Sarah Benton finished first overall in their races.
Hopkin senior Harris Dirnberger finished first overall, with a total time of 29:44.6. Teammate, senior Jakob Ellingson, took second with a time of 29:50.8. Senior Bjorn Leach rounded out the list of Hopkins skiers in the top 10 with a ninth place, 32:41.0 finish.
The boys’ team scored a total of 378 points in the race, beating second-place Minneapolis Southwest by a comfortable 25-point margin.
The girls’ team had a tighter two-point margin—scoring 375 points to Robbinsdale Armstrong’s 373 points. Hopkins senior Sarah Benton took first with an overall time of 35:04.8. Sophomore Siena Ellingson finished third at 36:05.4.
Freshman Claire Benton was just outside the top 10 with an 11th-place, 38:36.0 finish.
The wins qualify both teams for the state tournament taking place Feb. 14 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
Check out photos from the races in the gallery above, courtesy of Jim Arneson. You can also see video of the races posted to YouTube by SkinnySki.com.