TWO HARBORS – Ely’s Jasper Johnston topped the field twice in a row in Nordic ski action this week. On Tuesday, in Two Harbors, Johnston dominated the Korkki Classic Nordic ski race, topping the …
TWO HARBORS – Ely’s Jasper Johnston topped the field twice in a row in Nordic ski action this week. On Tuesday, in Two Harbors, Johnston dominated the Korkki Classic Nordic ski race, topping the competition by a whopping 22 seconds across the six-kilometer course. His winning effort helped lead the Ely boys team to a first-place overall finish against a seven-team field. The Ely girls, meanwhile, finished second out of nine teams.
Team scores are based on the top four finishers of each team.
For the Ely boys, Kjetil Midttun finished sixth before James Schwinghamer, Raif Oson, and Nate Nettifee took spots eight, nine, and ten. Gabriel Pointer finished out the boys team as he came in 13th, giving the boys the first-place finish.
“The boys team is coming into its own as they are a really cohesive bunch and working super well together as a team,” said Ely Head Coach Paula Anderson. “They are motivated by each other and it shows.”
Brooke Pasmick had the girls top finish, taking seventh place. The Wolves then had a strong run, putting four more skiers in the next nine spots. Zoe Devine took 11th and was followed by Julia Schwinghamer and Kalyssa Eilrich finishing 13th and 14th while Ana Bercher was just behind in 16th. Lucy Stouffer finished 41st
“The girls are settling,” said Anderson. “Zoe is skiing strong and Kalyssa, Brooke, and Julia are getting faster every week.”
On Saturday, Johnston did it again, taking first for the boys at the Cook County Classic Invite with a comfortable 45-second lead over his nearest rival. Midttun and Nettifee took fourth and fifth while Schwinghamer and Pointer were just behind at seventh and eighth. Olson rounded out the top ten.
Devine led the way for the girls, finishing seventh in the eight-team field, while Eilrich was right behind in eighth. Schwinghamer finished in 15th place, while Bercher rounded out the Top-20 finishers, in 19th place.
The Cook County Classic Invite is held at Pincushion Trails by Grand Marias. Scores are based on the top four finsishers of each team over a 5.7-kilometer course while racing classic style.
Next up for the Wolves is the Marshall Sprints on Saturday with a scheduled start time of 11 a.m.
ELY BOY INDIVIDUAL TOP FINISHERS KORKKI CLASSIC
1. Jasper Johnston 18:38.0
6. Kjetil Midttun 20:08.7
8. James Schwinghamer 20:16.0
9. Raif Olson 20:17.2
10. Nate Nettifee 20:18.2
13. Gabriel Pointer 20:30.8
ELY GIRL INDIVIDUAL TOP FINISHERS KORKKI CLASSIC
7. Brooke Pasmick 22:53.6
11. Zoe Devine 23:43.0
13. Julia Schwinghamer 23:54.8
14. Kalyssa Eilrich 23:58.8
16. Ana Bercher 24:14.1
41. Lucy Stouffer 26:34.4
TEAM RESULTS FOR VARSITY BOYS KORKKI CLASSIC
1. Ely 380
2. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 355
3. Marshall School 351
4. Mesabi East 340
5. Duluth East 329
6. Grand Rapids 304
7. Duluth Denfield 221
TEAM RESULTS FOR VARSITY GIRLS KORKKI CLASSIC
1. Duluth East 387
2. Ely 359
3. Grand Rapids 348
4. Proctor/Hermantown 324
5. Marshall School 322
6. Duluth Denfield 297
7. Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 279
8. Mesabi East 259
9. Two Harbors/Cook Cty 240