Hopkins’ Jakob Ellingson Takes Nordic Skiing Championship

Both boys and girls teams finished sixth in team competition.

Hopkins High School’s Jakob Ellingson capped off his final year of high school Nordic skiing by winning Tuesday’s state championship at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.

Ellingson edged out Eden Prairie’s Thomas Bye by 1.2 seconds—finishing with a total time 29:24.4 total. The performance is 38.3 seconds faster than his time last year, when he finished seventh overall.

The senior’s performance helped the Royals boys to a sixth-place team finish. Hopkins finished with 325 points—53 points behind the team champion Eden Prairie.

Harris Dirnberger, who won the section championship, suffered a spate of bad luck that slowed him down. He was recovering from the flu and skiing with a fever—then his binding broke during the second race and he lost a ski. A spectator gave him a ski, which allowed him to finish 76th.

Senior Sarah Benton led the way for the girls’ team with an eighth-place finish and a time of 35:03.7 total. Last year, Benton finished 13th overall.

Like the boys, the Royals girls also placed sixth in team competition, scoring 324 points.



Boys Team Results

Place School Points 1 Eden Prairie 378 2 Ely 358 3 Forest Lake 345 4 St. Cloud Tech 342 5 Irondale, New Brighton 341 6 Hopkins 325 7 Eagan 304 8 St. Paul Central 258


Hopkins Boys Individual Results

Place Athlete Grade Overall Time 1 Jakob Ellingson 12 29:24.4 55 Matthew Lavanger 11 32:51.3 73 Bjorn Leach 12 33:27.9 76 Harris Dirnberger 12 33:37.2 85 Will Jones 12 33:57.5 95 Erik Craemer 12 34:42.9 101 Will Chizek 12 35:00.1


Girls Team Results

Place School Points 1


365 2 Duluth East 362 3 Roseville Area 351 4 Stillwater Area 331 5 Little Falls 326 6 Hopkins 324 7 Burnsville 313 8 Lakeville North 230


Hopkins Girls Individual Results

Place Athlete Grade Overall Time 8 Sarah Benton 12 35:03.7 16 Siena Ellingson 10 35:52.2 62 Claire Benton 9 38:42.1 92 Katie Craemer 10 40:27.4 98 Renae Anderson 8 40:47.3 101 Madeline Hinck 12 40:55.4 105 Kaelynn Heiberg 11 41:33.6


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