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Two Harbors skiers wrap up season

Senior Owen Cruikshank had a strong performance for the Two Harbors Nordic Ski Team at the Section 7 Meet on Thursday. He is the only graduating senior on the team this year and the Giant's Ridge meet was his final race. File photo / 2013

The Two Harbors skiers wrapped up their season Thursday at the Section 7 Meet at Giiant's Ridge, Biwabik. No skiers advanced to the state meet, but a strong foundation has been laid for next year. 

Sophomore Marina Schreiner and junior Everett Hommes have been the top performers most of the season and were the most likely to win a qualification to the state meet. Hommes only completed the first race, a freestyle 5.2-kilometer freestyle course, but didn't start the second part of the competition, the 5.3-kilometer classic race. Schreiner finished just a minute too slow to qualify, and, at 18th place, only three places behind the last individual skier to qualify. Both skiers will get another chance next year.

Senior Owen Cruikshank competed in his last meet ever, showcasing impressive improvements over last year and having a particularly strong finish in the classic race. He shaved nearly 2 minutes off his time from last year, finishing 33rd overall in the meet.

Mikael Overby is shaping up to be an asset for the team. The freshman placed 43rd overall, improving his time a staggering seven minutes over last year. Junior Ethan Compton also had a strong race, showcasing a three-minute improvement over the same race last year and finishing 61st overall.

With only three boys finishing the total race, the team placed 11th of 12 teams.

Behind Schreiner, a number of Two Harbors girls had good races. Junior Scotti Berg shaved over two minutes off of last years time and placed second for the team and 42nd overall. Sophomore Kari Haaversen finished less than a minute behind Berg in 43rd place. Junior Krysten Lynville, sophomore Mara Christensen, sophomore Natalie Hudson and sophomore Renee Swardstrom rounded out the girls' team propelling them to a 7th place finish out of 10 teams.

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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