East's Alpine Ski Team Advances to State
"EH-EH-EH-BEEP!" This is the noise that all alpine skiers would refer to as, "GO!" This is no exception to the East Alpine Ski Team, as they have moved on from runners-up in the section meet in their 2009 season to State Bound Hounds in 2010. Aft...
"EH-EH-EH-BEEP!" This is the noise that all alpine skiers would refer to as, "GO!" This is no exception to the East Alpine Ski Team, as they have moved on from runners-up in the section meet in their 2009 season to State Bound Hounds in 2010. After clenching a second place victory at sections, the team moved on to the State meet this last Wednesday, February 10, 2010.
Both the boy's and girl's downhill race was at Giants Ridge Ski Center from February 9-10. Both the teams had great races from the boy's team, individual boys, and two girls that qualified for the state meet.
The boy's team took a dominating sixth place overall at the state meet with their best skier, Henry Roningen, coming in third place. According to the "MinnesotaStateHighSchoolLeague.com's" website, "Junior Henry Roningen of Duluth East placed third. His combined time was 1:09.74 out of two different runs." It is a very high honor to place in State and Duluth East gives him a big "Congratulations!"
The second skier to come in for Duluth East was sophomore Sam Seelos. He came in 36th place out of 83 skiers on Wednesday. Seelos had a combined total of 1:16:54. "My team did really good for how young they are," said Seelos.
The two girl skiers who represented Duluth East for the State Alpine meet were sophomore Lily Whitney-Eliason and junior Mary Kate Wheeler. They both finished in very good positions overall with Whitney-Eliason coming in 37th and Wheeler coming in 52nd. Both the girls raced very well and are looking forward for next year's ski season.
Not only did the team's hard work pay off in their results this season but it was an exciting time for the skiers as well.. "It was a good time. We should be proud to have such great skiers at our school," said alternate to the boy's state team, Marcus Jahn.
"Next year we are going to have an even more experienced team and we should be able to do even better at sections and state," said Seelos.