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NORDIC SKIING: Bemidji's Truedson, Sagedahl compete at state

BIWABIK — Despite a rough course due to roughly six inches of snow overnight before the Minnesota State High School League’s Nordic Ski racing meet Thursday, Bemidji High School’s Jenna Truedson and Morgan Sagedahl both improved on their place in last season’s race.

Truedson finished 32nd out of 120 racers while Sagedahl finished in 72nd place during this year’s edition of the race, held once again at Giant’s Ridge Ski Resort in Biwabak.

“It was tougher than they thought it was going to be with the snow,” BHS head coach Mark Walters said. “But the girls had some good heads on their shoulders and persevered. We’re really proud of how they skied today”

Walters said the earlier boys race really beat up the track for the girls but the girls were able to overcome the fresh snow to do well.

Truedson finished the continuous pursuit event in 41 minutes, 12.1 seconds for her 32nd place finish; she finished the freestyle portion in 20:51 and the classic portion in 20:21.1.

Truedson, a junior, placed 66th last season although her time in last year’s race was faster overall due to the conditions in this year’s race.

“Coming into the season one of our goals for Jenna was to cut her finish at state in half,” Walters said. “She did that almost on the nose so it was a successful race for her.”

Sagedahl, a sophomore, completed the race in 43:35.1; she was at 22:15 in the freestyle and 21:20.1 in the classic portion.

“The skate race in the morning was tough for her,” Walters said. “But she really battled back in the afternoon and gobbled up a few places to finish strong in the final standings.”

This year’s event was won by Irondale’s Mattie Watts, who finished with a time of 37:14.6; Wayzata won the team title with 382 points.

In the boys race Zak Ketterson of Bloomington Jefferson took the title with an overall time of 32:52.7 while Forest Lake won the team title with a score of 380.