Nordic skiing: Bonneson, Boardman finish back-to-back, earn all-state
Park’s Evan Bonneson and East Ridge’s Sam Boardman capped their high school cross country skiing careers with all-state honors at the 2013-14 state meet, while Megan Schiferl was just getting started.
Both seniors, Bonneson and Boardman finished back-to-back at the state race, held Thursday, Feb. 13, at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
With all-state recognition reserved for the top 25 finishers, Bonneson placed 24th out of 116 skiers with a time of 35 minutes 8.6 seconds and Boardman took 25th place with a finish of 35:14.9 in the 10-kilometer pursuit-style state race.
In the pursuit-style, skiers compete in a 5-kilometer skate (or freestyle) race in the morning and a 5K classic in the afternoon, where they try to chase down skiers who finished ahead of them in the first race.
Bonneson had a time of 17:53 in the skate and a time of 17:15.6 in the classic. Boardman had a time of 18:15 in the skate and a time of 16:59 in the classic.
Last year Bonneson became the first Park Nordic skier to reach state since 2009, when Joey Snyder and Nicolle Westphal reached state. He finished in 68th place a year ago. It was Boardman’s first trip to state.
Schiferl, a freshman at East Ridge, competed in her first state race as well, taking 90th place out of 120 skiers. She had a time of 44:28.2, with a finish of 21:58 in the skate and a time of 22:30.2 in the classic.
Forest Lake won the boys state title with 380 points, beating out second-place St. Louis Park (351 points) and third-place Duluth East (350 points). It was the Rangers’ fifth state title since 2005. Wayzata defended its title as the girls state champion with 382 points, easily topping second-place Robbinsdale Armstrong (347 points) and third-place Stillwater (346 points).
Bloomington Jefferson sophomore Zak Ketterson won the boys individual state championship with a total time of 32:52.7. Irondale senior Mattie Watts was the girls state champion with a time of 37:14.6.
To earn a trip to state Bonneson finished fifth in the Section 1 Nordic skiing championship, while Boardman and Schiferl placed third and eighth in their respective races at the Section 4 championship.