The Rhinelander High School Nordic ski team competed at the Badger State Games held in Wausau on Saturday. The Hodags also had three skiers compete in both the morning 7-kilometer classic race and the 7-kilometer freestyle race in the afternoon.
With the warmer weather Friday paired with cooler weather to follow, it made the trails at Nine Mile Forest quick and icy. Carleene Morien, Nicholas St. Pierre, and Jenna Younker each competed in both races on the day.
Jenna Younker was the RHS's girls' top finisher in both races while Morien placed third for the Rhinelander girls' in both events. On the boys' side of action St. Pierre was the fast RHS boy to finish the classic race and second-fastest in the freestyle.
Finishing seventh in the girls' 13-16 division, Younker clocked in at 25 minutes, 55 seconds and placed 13th overall. Emma Hjelle finished sixth in the 17-19 girls' division at 27:03 and was 15th overall. While Morien was eight in the 13-16 girls' division and charted 16th overall. Emma Roberts was 17th overall and Alison DeNamur was 19th overall to round out the Lady Hodags.
In the boys' 13-16 division, St. Pierre was eighth and finished 20th overall at 23:21. Levi Smith (21st; 24:16), Breckin Younker (22nd; 25:31), and Daniel Goldsworthy (24th; 26:46) rounded out the RHS boys'.
The afternoon freestyle race had a much larger field then the morning race, and also was the WNSL state qualifying race for the Southern Conference. Once again, Jenna Younker paced the RHS girls' and was 24th in her class and 30th overall at 22:21 in her second race of the day.
Rounding out the Rhinelander girls' for the afternoon race and their overall place was Gwyneth Lowry (37th), Morien (44th), Abbie Henrichs (48th), Valerie Dalka (49th), and Malie Llanos (56th).
On the boys' side of action, Zach Goodrich placed 23rd in 13-16 division and was 30th overall. St. Pierre finished 36th overall. While Alec Lowry was 12th in the 17-19 division and 41st overall.
The Hodags' will compete in a Northern Conference meet today in Cable at the Birkie Trail. It will also be a good preparation for Rhinelander, as the WNSL state championships will be held at Birkie Trail this season.
The Rhinelander High School Nordic ski team was a last-minute addition to the Hinder Binder race at Camp Forest Springs just outside of Rib Lake. The Hodags were able avoid going three weeks without a race, and would earn four top-10 finishes on Saturday. There were only three high school teams that competed on Saturday due to the Junior National Qualifier held on Saturday as well in Cable.
The RHS girls' were led by Jenna Younker who recorded a sixth place finish in the 7.5-kilometer course out of 19-skiers, clocking in at 32 minutes, 20.9 seconds. Younker was just over five second behind winner, Anna Buchberger of Wausau.
Also earning top-10 finishes the Rhinelander girls' was Emma Hjelle and Gwyneth Lowry. Hjelle placed eight (33:52.6) and Lowry finished 10th (34:06.9). Emma Roberts (11th), Abbie Henrichs (12th), Valerie Dalka (13th), Jaylen Janssen (14th), Allison DeNamur (18th), and Maile Llanos (19th) also competed.
On the boys' side there was a field of 21 skiers, and freshman Zach Goorich led the way for Rhinelander finishing in ninth place with a time of 26:35.0. Stephen Koch of Wausau finish first in the boys’ race.
Nicholas St. Pierre (12th), Daniel Goldsworthy (13th), Breckin Younker (15th), and Alec Lowry (16th) rounded out the Rhinelander High School boys'.
Rhinelander also had a strong showing in the middle school race as well. On the girls' side of action, the Hodags went 1-2-3 and were led by Anna Wood. Liana Teter finished second and Megan Lester recorded third in the middle school race.
Macy Lester (7th), Nora Rutkowski (9th), McKenna Nash (10th), Brynn Teter (11th), Olivia Gillen (12th), Gracie Berger (13th), and Emma Mankus (15th) also competed for the girls' middle school team.
On the middle school boys' side of action, Will Rutkowski had the top finish for the Hodags and placed third. Kyle Morien (4th), Sam Rutkowski (6th), Jett Biolo (8th), Ryan Morien (10th), Cole Worrall (11th), and Travis White (14th) also competed for the middle school boys'.
Rhinelander will be back in action this Saturday when they travel to Wausau to compete in the Badger State Games held at the Nine Mile Forest.
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