Tartan’s Boyle captures Nordic title

The results at the recent Metro East Conference girls Nordic ski racing meet looked rather similar to those from last year’s competition. Luckily for Tartan High School senior CeCe Boyle, there was a bit of a change at the top of the individual standings.

Boyle was the individual runner-up in 2016 but moved up a space to win the conference individual championship. 

Boyle finished first in both the classic and skate races, and her combined time gave her the crown by 41 seconds. She completed the two races in a combined 31 minutes, 14 seconds.

Boyle’s time in the classic race was 16 minutes, five seconds, and that beat Henry Sibley senior Jamie Herridge by 38 seconds. Boyle took 15 minutes, nine seconds to finish the skate race and edged Herridge by three seconds.

Henry Sibley got a bit of revenge by taking home the team championship with 479 points. The top five finishers for each team earned points toward the team’s total, and Sibley placed its top five skiers in the top nine of the individual standings.

Mahtomedi was the runner-up with 414 points, and Tartan took third place with 402. Last year’s team standings at the conference also had Henry Sibley at the top, Mahtomedi in second place and Tartan third.

In addition to Boyle, Tartan’s top five included senior Maggie Bruns, who finished 16th overall with a two-race time of 41 minutes, 18 seconds; junior Amanda Stevens, whose combined time of 46 minutes, 32 seconds placed her 26th; seventh grader Maggie Pawlenty, who finished in 29th place with a time of 46 minutes, 43 seconds; and senior Abbie Sonstegard, who was 31st with a time of 48 minutes, two seconds.

Also competing at the conference meet for the Titans was freshman Angelica Garay-Triviski, who finished in 37th place.

On the boys’ side of the ledger, Tartan also finished third with 423 points. Sibley won the conference team title with 455 points and St. Thomas Academy was the runner-up with 427 points.

Individually, sophomore Ian Pawlenty led the Titans by finishing second overall. His time of 32 minutes, four seconds left him one minute behind sophomore Joey Motzel of St. Thomas Academy.

Pawlenty, who finished eighth last season, placed third in both the classic and skate races. His classic time was 17 minutes, nine seconds, and his skate time was 14 minutes, 55 seconds. Motzel finished second in both races.

Hastings senior Jake Rabaey was first in the classic race but fell to 13th in the skate race. Hastings freshman Trevor Caflisch won the skate race but was 16th in the classic.

Tartan had one other competitor finish in the top 10. Senior Austin Fall had a combined time of 33 mintues, 41 seconds and landed in seventh place. The rest of the Titans’ top five included senior Zachary Drayna, who took 12th place in 34 minutes, 22 seconds; junior Andrew Accola, who posted a time of 36 minutes, 51 seconds to finish 26th; and sophomore Andy Lyon, who was 35th in 39 minutes, nine seconds.

Also competing at the conference meet for the Titans were senior John Ridgeman (39th place), sophomore Sam Meyers (43rd) and freshman Owen Horan, who did not register a place after completing the classic race but not the skate race.



The North High Nordic teams finished sixth (boys) and fifth (girls) at the Metro East Conference Nordic championships. The girls squad earned 380 points and the boys team posted 366 points.

Senior Paige Ericson led the Polars in the girls race with a 12th-place finish. Her combined time was 39 minutes, 18 seconds and she also finished 12th in both individual races. Also competing at the conference meet for North were sophomore Jaclyn Stumpf (15th), junior Aoife Zamacona (27th) and seniors Katie Flom (32nd), Elise O’Brien (39th) and Erin O’Brien (42nd).

North’s top boys competitor was senior Ryan Peterson, who posted a time of 35 minutes, 32 seconds to finish 17th overall. He was ninth in the classic race and 28th in the skate race. The other Polars in the competition included senior Eddy Olson (25th), junior Westin Ericson (28th), freshman Kip Stumpf (33rd) and junior Alex Harshman (36th).


Coming up

Next up for the Nordic teams at Tartan and North is the Section 4 state-qualifying meet on Feb. 9 at Hyland Park in Bloomington. Those competitors who finish well enough, advance to the state meet on Feb. 16 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.

Tartan’s Boyle is chasing another state berth. She has twice competed at state, first as a sophomore and again last year in her junior season.


Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

Metro East Conference Nordic ski championships
Jan. 27 at Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis
Team scores


1 – Henry Sibley 455

2 – St. Thomas Academy 427

3 – Tartan 423

4 – Hastings 414

5 – Mahtomedi 414

6 – North 366

7 – Simley 227


1 – Henry Sibley 479

2 – Mahtomedi 414

3 – Tartan 402

4 – Hastings 390

5 – North 380

6 – Simley 363

7 – South St. Paul 77


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