Posted at: 02/11/2013 5:11 PM
Updated at: 02/13/2013 10:46 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
Northland ski teams were off to the races at Giant's Ridge last Wednesday, vyying for a trip to the state meet. The Duluth East Greyhounds proved to be contenders once again.
East girls captain Anna Kubek says the course was a bit challenging.
"It was pretty soft," Kubek said. "The boys went before us so the hills got pretty chopped up. I was little bit exhausted."
She had just returned from a trip to Austria few days earlier, but shook off her jet lag to take second place in both the classic and skate races.
"I haven't been skiing classic for two years because of shoulder injury," Kubek said. "This is only my third day classic skiing."
Duluth East head coach Bonnie Fuller-Kask was pleased with her team's performance.
"The girls did very well. They were solid and after the first race they were positioned very well to start the second race in the lead," Fuller-Kask said. "That's what they did and held solid all the way around the course."
The East boys finished in second place, just 13 points behind Ely. But the Greyhound girls took the top spot, beating the Timberwolves by seven points. Kubek hopes she can help lead the East ladies to back-to-back state titles.
"I'm so proud of them. As a captain, I'm proud to be a part of this East team," Kubek said. "I'm graduating this year so it's a good year."
Fuller-Kask knows championships aren't easy to come by in a state full of talent.
"I think there are a lot of very strong teams in the state so I think it'll be interesting to see what the other sections have done and who will be there," Fuller-Kask said. "They're all really tough."
The Greyhounds have plenty of enthusiasm, and plenty of snow, to ski their best next week.