Molly Rider finished 23rd Wednesday, in the Minnesota State Girls High School Alpine Ski Meet at Giant’s Ridge near Biwabik. Rider’s two runs were consistent and her overall time of 1:24.00 was just 9.47 seconds behind the winner in a packed field of 83 competitors.
The Cook County-Silver Bay team finished eighth with 95 points, Lakeville South won the meet with 173. The girls’ meet was dominated by Metro-area schools with Lakeville South winning its third consecutive championship. The Duluth Marshall girls were the only non-Metro team other than the Cook County-Silver Bay crew. Marshall finished fourth with 112 points.
South senior Niki Larson won a state-record third consecutive championship in 1:14.53. She beat defending state champ, and teammate, Paula Moltzen who finished less than a second behind in 1:14.92.
The remaining Cook County-Silver Bay finishers were Katie Smedstad in 1:29.0; Ali Boettcher in 1:30.9, Rose Ingebrigtsen in 1:38.4; Megan Lehto in 1:40 and Signe Larson in 1:40.4.
Dylan Thomas came in first in the boys’ meet to lead his St. Thomas Academy team to the championship. Duluth East was the only Arrowhead team in the Metro-dominated boys meet. East finished sixth.