DLHS ski duo both make comebacks at state
One prep skiing career came to an end and the other added another chapter to, as Detroit Lakes’ senior Zach Foltz and junior Berit Ramstad-Skoyles ended the 2013-14 season in the Nordic ski state meet Thursday at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik.
Foltz put the finishing touches on his high school Nordic skiing career by placing 79th overall out of 117 competitors, after he registered a freestyle time of 19:21 and a classic time of 18:30.9 for a final pursuit mark of 37:51.9.
Ramstad-Skoyles competed in her fourth state meet and took 68th overall out of 120 skiers with a pursuit time of 43.27.9, with a freestyle of 22:27 and a classic of 21:00.9.
With eight inches of fresh snow covering the trails, Foltz had the unlucky task of being the second skier out in the morning freestyle race.
“It made it a little tougher for Zach going out as the second skier, but he still had a great classic race in the afternoon,” said DL head coach Dan Josephson. “It was a good capstone on his skiing career in Detroit Lakes.”
Foltz started his classic race around 90th place, but was able to pick up big ground and passed nearly 20 other competitors.
Bloomington Jefferson sophomore Zak Ketterson won the state title with a pursuit time of 32:52.7, while the next 10 finishers were within one minute of each other.
Ramstad-Skoyles also had a big jump in placements, after she recorded a 22:27 in her freestyle race, but improved by 26 positions with her 21:00.9 classic race.
“The trail conditions were pretty soft for the freestyle race in the morning and made it a slugfest for some of the skiers,” Josephson said. “But Berit put the hammer down in the classic race and passed people on the uphill portions and maintained on the downhill.”
Ramstad-Skoyles will be vying for her fifth state berth next year, which would be the most ever of any Laker, surpassing Jake Richards, who has four state appearances when he was at DLHS.
“Berit is just taking it as a another positive step,” Josephson added.
The DL head coach was also honored as the Coach of the Year in the state.
Irondale senior Mattie Watts won the state championship with a pursuit time of 37:14.6.