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February 26, 2020

Olin Slette poses with his medals and the Rhinelander Hodag following the Hodag Nordic Challenge. (submitted photo)
Olin Slette poses with his medals and the Rhinelander Hodag following the Hodag Nordic Challenge. (submitted photo)
1/25/2020 7:30:00 AM
Middle school skiers compete in Hodag Nordic Challenge

The Rhinelander Middle School Nordic ski team took part in the Ascension Hodag Nordic Challenge Jan. 18 and 19 at the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom in Rhinelander. In all, 15 Hodag skiers took part in both days of the race, placing in the overall pursuit standings.

Ryan Morien led the Hodag boys, taking eighth in the seventh- and eighth-grade division. His combined time between Saturday's 3.3-kilometer freestyle race and Sunday's 3.3-kilometer classic race was 26 minutes, 32.0 seconds. Mason Shinners (15th, 27:30.6), Charlie Loomis (27th, 30:44.5) and Iain Rumney (38th, 34:08.0) rounded out the Rhinelander group.

Olin Slette was the fastest for Rhinelander in the boys' fifth- and sixth-grade division, taking second overall at 31:47.7. Austin Slette was 10th (42:55.9), followed by Calvin Loomis (11th, 42:58.9) and Carter Nelson (12th, 46:10.2).

Nora Rutkowski led the middle school girls' contingent, taking eighth in the seventh- and eighth-grade class (29:51.0). Macy Lester was ninth (30:07.4) and Sophie Miljevich was 11th (31:06.8). Brynn Teter finished 15th (32:04.8), Luna Grage was 25th (39:17.3) and Katie Marshall was 28th (43:46.6).

Mya Gillen (41:15.5) was sixth in the girls' fifth- and sixth-grade division.

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