MULTIMEDIA: Hopkins Boys, Girls Nordic Skiers Take Section 6 Titles

Seniors Harris Dirnberger and Sarah Benton finished first overall in their races.

Both Hopkins boys’ and girls’ Nordic ski teams claimed Section 6 championships Monday at Theodore Wirth Park.

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.


Boys' results

Place Athlete Grade Time 1 Harris Dirnberger 12 29:44.6 2 Jakob Ellingson 12 29:50.8 9 Bjorn Leach 12 32:41.0 14 Matt Lavanger 11 33:25.8 19 William Jones 12 34:03.0 22 Erik Craemer 12 35:18.1 25 William Chizek 12 35:44.9


Girls' results

Place Athlete Grade Time 1 Sarah Benton 12 35:04.8 3 Siena Ellingson 10 36:05.4 11 Claire Benton 9 38:36.0 14 Katie Craemer 10 39:25.5 19 Madeline Hink 12 40:34.2 23 Renae Anderson 8 41:34.6 30 Kaelynn Heiberg 11 42:27.2
Joyce Halvorsen Fiedler February 06, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Congratulations Hopkins Skiers! What a great picture of Jakob Ellingson at the finish!


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