Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 2January 19, 2021
With another Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) bringing many of the top skiers in the state together, we take a fresh look at the rankings.
Some of the first high school races of the season fired up on Thursday last week. It's going to be interesting to see how much shuffling there is in the rankings as practices intensify and skiers get more weekly competitions under their belt. Much of this week's rankings lean heavily on the JNQ races last weekend in Cable, WI, which featured both classic and freestyle distance races.
Molly Moening, St. Paul Highland Park, appears to have a tight grip on her State champion title as she put in two stellar performances. Lauren McCollor, Wayzata, moves up on pair of solid races, now the closest threat to Moening. But wow, Hopkin's eight grader Sydney Drevlow shined brightly, leaping up our rankings! It should be interesting to see if this is just the start for Drevlow, could she climb even higher? A lot of great competition in the girls top ten and you could easily shuffle some of those positions. A couple other notable performances came from Lily Brown, Duluth East, and Marshall's Lucy Campbell -- watch out for the northern girls!
On the boys side, we had quite a bit of movement. Most notable is what's missing: Stillwater star skiers Adrik Kraftson and Jonny Saldin have decided to opt out of high school competition this season to focus on the JNQs. Colin Freed, Wayzata, holds his place at the top of the field, but there is a lot of good competition in the ranks. Cooper Camp, Minneapolis Southwest and Jasper Johnston, Ely, both move up with their weekend results. Showing off some stellar off-season training, Marshall's Declan Hutchinson has earned his way into the top 10. A couple of others to keep an eye on include Davis Isom, St. Paul Highland Park, and Bemidji's Nick Youso. Much like the girls, there is a lot of strong and deep competition in the boys field, so expect quite a bit of movement in the coming weeks.
Almost no tweaking to the team results at this point. Hopefully after more high school races results come in we can take another crack at those standings. Coaches and parent helpers, keep those results rolling in!
- Molly Moening, St Paul Highland Park, 11
- Lauren McCollor, Wayzata, 12
- Sydney Drevlow, Hopkins, 8
- Jordan Parent, Forest Lake, 10
- Maggie Wagner, Edina, 11
- Margo Nightingale, Mounds Park Academy, 10
- Lily Brown, Duluth East, 11
- Ella Niznik, Forest Lake, 11
- Zoe Devine, Ely, 10
- Celeste Alden, St Paul Highland Park, 12
Cusp: Margaret Dalseth, Visitation, 12; Amelea Hauer, Forest Lake, 12; Rayna Axelson, St. Paul Highland Park, 11; Etta Leugers, Minneapolis Washburn, 12; Grete Engels, Lakeville, 11; Sudie Hall, Minneapolis Southwest, 12; Chloe Koch, St Paul Highland Park, 10; Lucy Campbell, Marshall, 12; Kathryn House, Wayzata, 12; Sophia Pung, Robbinsdale Armstrong, 11.
- Colin Freed, Wayzata, 12
- Roger Anderson, Robbinsdale Armstrong, 12
- Cooper Camp, Minneapolis Southwest, 11
- Jasper Johnston, Ely, 12
- Victor Sparks, Minneapolis Southwest, 12
- Declan Hutchinson, Marshall School, 12
- Isak Nightingale, Mounds Park Academy, 11
- Magnus O'Connor, Prior Lake, 12
- Jonathan Clarke, Bloomington Jefferson, 11
- Daniel McCollor, Wayzata, 9
Cusp: Davis Isom, St. Paul Highland Park, 10; Nicholas Youso, Bemidji, 12; Noah Erickson, Forest Lake, 11; Benjamin Bauer, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, 12; Benon Brattebo, Eden Prairie, 10; Logan Jensen, Bemidji, 12; Nico Alexander, Minneapolis Washburn, 11; Sam Stertz, Grand Rapids, 12; Jonathan Hudrlik, Forest Lake, 12; Ben Lewis, Blaine, 10.
- St. Paul Highland Park
- Forest Lake
- Elk River-Zimmerman
- Eden Prairie
- Minneapolis Southwest
- Forest Lake
- Prior Lake
- Little Falls
- St. Paul Highland Park
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