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Park’s Evan Bonneson earned all-state honors at the Nordic skiing state race, held Thursday, Feb. 13, at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. The senior placed 24th out of 116 skiers with a time of 35 minutes, 8.6 seconds. (Submitted photo)

Nordic skiing: Bonneson, Boardman finish back-to-back, earn all-state

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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. 

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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.

-Patrick Johnson

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Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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