Nordic Ski Girls take home the 2nd place, and the Boys take 3rd.

The Buffalo Nordic Ski team headed to St. Johns on Thursday, January 21st 2010. The girls placed second and the boys placed third overall in the 5k classic race.

On the girls Varsity side, the top 5 girls took the places of 5-10. Sophomore Emily Bedker took 5Thoverall with a time of 20:01, and Senior Mandy Samuelson followed shortyafter with a 6Th place time of 20:08. Taking 7Th and 8Th were Senior Megan Ackerman and Junior Nina Jepson. Ackermanfinished with a time of 20:15, and Jepson had a time of 20:19. Freshman Blair Solberg finished in 9thplace with a finishing time of 21:09. Sophomore Angela Eastlund was next to the finish line with a time of 21:34 and a 13Th place. Junior Sandra Ruhr came in quickly after with a 13Th place time of 21:39 respectively.

“It was so awesome seeing all the black uniforms come to the finish in a line one after the other” Said Ackerman. “I just hope we can pull this off for sections, during the race us four (Mandy, Nina, Emily) skied by each other the whole entire time, doing that is going to make us all the faster.”

Leading the way for the boys Varsity was Senior Ryan Strait. He finished 9Th overall with a time of 18:16. He helped carry along Sophomore Andrew Gutknecht(10Th place), with a finishing time of 18:21. The third Bison finisher was Senior Andy Nerison, he placed 17Th with a time of 18:46. Rounding out the Bison top scorers was Sophomore Michael Burgdoff. Burgdoff placed 33rd with a finishing time of 20:43. This was the last meet for the boys due to the budget changes last year; they aren’t able to compete in the official MSHSL section or state meet.

The girls will have a home scrimmage meet on Thursday, January 28th at the Buffalo High School and the following week they will head to sections at Camp Ripely.

-Mandy Samuelson and Cali Durst

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