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Return trip: Bemidji's Truedson, Sagedahl going back to state Nordic meet

BEMIDJI — For the second straight winter the Bemidji High School girls Nordic ski team will be represented at the state meet by Jenna Truedson and Morgan Sagedahl.

The event format features a 5-kilometer skating race starting at 11 a.m. and a 5-kilometer classic race beginning at 2:30 p.m.

A year ago Truedson finished 66th and Sagedahl 87th and both skiers are looking to improve upon those positions.

“My goal is to be in the top 50 or 60,” Sagedahl said. “The experience I gained from being at state last year will help me. Last year I learned that the skate course has many hills and is very hard. But you have to go out fast in the skating race because you need to avoid being bunched in the afternoon classic race.

“I’m looking forward to the meet. I want to see how much better I can do this year,” Sagedahl added.

Truedson is a veteran of state competitions. During the 2012-13 school year she participated in the state cross country, skiing and track meets.

This year she is on pace to duplicate that feat as she ran in the state cross country race and will make a return trip to the ski meet today.

“I think I’m faster in the skate race so I want to go out as strong as I can,” Truedson said. “I really don’t know what is possible.”

Jacks coach Mark Walters is eager to see how Sagedahl, a sophomore, and Truedson, a junior, will do today, especially in the skate race.

“Morgan and Jenna both are very well balanced between skate and classical but at the state meet doing well in the skating race is crucial,” he said.

“If you can be in the top 45 or 50 in the skate race you put yourself into a position to do well in the afternoon’s classic race.

“It would be nice if Jenna can move up to the high 30s at the state this year because that would help set the stage for next year when I think she can place in the top 25 and make All-State,” Walters added.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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