Macy Lester heads toward the finish line of the middle school girls’ race in the Lakeland Invite at Minocqua Winter Park Tuesday, Dec. 17. (Photos by Brett LaBore/Lakeland Times)
Olin Slette competes in the middle school boys’ race in the Lakeland Invite at Minocqua Winter Park Tuesday, Dec. 17.
12/21/2019 7:30:00 AM Middle school Nordic competes in Minocqua
The Rhinelander Middle School Nordic ski team took part in the Lakeland Invite at Minocqua Winter Park on Tuesday, finishing third in the girls' division and fifth in the boys' division.
Seventh-grader Macy Lester was the top finisher for the Hodag girls, placing sixth overall in the 2.3-kilometer skate race with a time of 8 minutes, 56.1 seconds. The Hodag girls had five skiers in the top 15 overall. Nora Rutkowski was eighth (9:11.7), Brynn Teter finished 12th (9:39.4), Violet Biolo was 14th (9:43.6) and Sophie Miljevich was 15th (9:46.7).
Eighth-grader Ryan Morien led the way for the Hodag boys, taking seventh overall (7:57.1). The rest of Rhinelander's top five were Mason Shinners (13th, 8:22.5), Olin Slette (18th, 9:03.7), Charlie Loomis (19th, 9:21.0) and Austen Slette (35th, 12:17.2).
Additionally, the middle schoolers were broken into two age groups for individual awards, and the Hodags had four skiers reach the podium. Lester was fifth-fastest among seventh-and-eighth-grade girls, Biolo was third-fastest in the girls' fifth-and-sixth-grade category, Ella Miljevich (12:22.8) was fifth in the fifth-and-sixth-grade category and Olin Slette took third in the boys' fourth-through-sixth-grade category.
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