MARQUETTE — The defending Division II boys’ skiing state champion Petoskey Northmen picked up right where they left off
With a victory.
Senior Brian Erhart — who returned to the team after spending last season skiing in Vail, Colo. — paced the Northmen boys as he won both the slalom and giant slalom as Petoskey won the eight-team Marquette Invitational Friday at Marquette Mountain to kick off the 2013 season.
The Northmen boys finished with 47.5 points, while host Marquette was second with 72 points followed by Traverse City Central, 90.5; and T.C. West, 154.5.
On the girls side, Traverse City Central, behind dual race winner Shannon Weaver, placed first while Petoskey was second and T.C. West came in fourth. Complete girls’ team results were not available.
“Our boys got off to a strong start and Marquette is a good place to start the season,” Petoskey coach Travis Hill said. “We treated it as another normal day and it was good to get our feet wet. The Division II state meet is scheduled to be in Marquette so it got some nerves out of the way and it showed us some areas we need to work on.”
Erhart took first in the slalom in 1 minute, 22.1 seconds and won the GS in 57.61. T.C. Central’s Weaver won the slalom in 1:28 and then took the GS in 59.96.
Also for the Petoskey boys in GS, where they placed first with 19.5 points, Gunnar Lundteigen was second, 58.20; followed by Noah Honaker, fifth, 59.31; Garrett Lundteigen, tied for 11th, 1:01.3; Ben Loomis, 13th, 1:01.30; and Caelan Smith, 19th, 1:02.7.
In slalom for the Northmen boys, where they also took first with 28 points, Honaker was fifth, 1:25.7; followed by Matt Dankert, 10th, 1:27.4; Loomis, 11th, 1:27.4; Trevor Kingsbury, 13th, 1:27.6; and Gunnar Lundteigen did not finish.
For the Petoskey girls in slalom, Jill Antonishen was a team-best sixth in 1:36.7; followed by Lisa Dinon, seventh, 1:38.10; Reilly Philliben, eighth, 1:38.40; Mikaela Naybeck, 18th, 1:45.7; while Mia Ciccoretti and Claire Brummler did not finish.
In GS for the Northmen girls, Philliben was eighth, 1:03.6; followed by Dinon, ninth, 1:03.7; Ciccoretti, 11th, 1:04.90; Antonishen, 16th, 1:05.4; Megan Makela, 21st, 1:07.6; and Elise Brady, 25th, 1:07.8.
“The kids showed they were pretty strong and they performed strongly,” Hill said. “It allowed themselves to really build some confidence going into the season and they did just that. I thought they competed well.”
Petoskey will host the Petoskey-Harbor Spring Invitational along with Harbor Springs today, Monday, at Boyne Highlands.