By David Bacharach,
Powder Ridge Jr. Alpine
Ski Team Coach
A record 304 racers from four teams competed at Powder Ridge Saturday, Feb. 13, in the final race before the MN Ski Race League Championships Feb. 20. A total of 16 Powder Ridge racers earned top five finishes. First place finishes were earned by Abby Swanson (girls age 7), Nathan Hilbert (boys age 9), Nicole Bloch (girls age 12), Eric Schneider
(boys age 13) and Ben Minkel (boys age 14). Suzanne Schneider took second place (girls age 9). Third places went to Ethan Miller (boys age 6 and under) and Charlie Stuck (boys age 10). In fourth were Callan Miller (boys age 7), Logan Erickson (boys age 12), Kelly Zelko (girls age 13) and Katie Bailey (girls age 15). Fifth places were awarded to Kaia Greely (girls age 10), Lexie Deal (girls age 14) and Leah Mergen (girls age 15).
Powder Ridge entered 34 racers who combined for 41 team points compared to first place Mt. Kato (147) with 112 racers, Welch Village (103) with 153 racers and Tonkawood (2) with 5 racers. The Powder Ridge Team will finish out its season next Saturday at the MSRL Championships to be held at Welch Village.