State skiing: Burnsville's Hett looks to take one more step in Nordic

  • Article by: RON HAGGSTROM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 11, 2014 - 8:09 PM

The senior was state runner-up last year but faces plenty of challengers.


Vivian Hett of Burnsville finished third in the freestyle and second in the pursuit at the girls Nordic State Ski Meet Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.

Photo: Joles, David, DML - Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview largerrr


Burnsville senior Vivian Hett has improved her finish every year at the Nordic skiing state meet. If she wants to complete her high school career following the same trend, it means becoming a state champion.

“That would be the cherry on the top of my career,” said Hett, the runner-up a year ago. “I’ve accomplished everything I’ve wanted to do up to this point.”

She knows all too well that clearing that final hurdle isn’t going to be easy. She faces formidable competition from seniors Alayna Sonnesyn of Wayzata and Mattie Watts of Irondale and junior Rocci Wohlk of Forest Lake. Sonnesyn was the runner-up in 2011 and 2012.

“There are a lot of good competitors,” Hett said. “There is definitely not a clear favorite.”

The wide-open event will be held Thursday at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. The race will consists of a 5K freestyle and 5K classical race to determine the pursuit champion.

“I’ve become a lot more balanced [between freestyle and classical] with a faster tempo,” Hett said. “I have to improve my time if I want to win it.”

Hett’s runner-up time was 34 minutes, 21 seconds a year ago. Duluth East’s Anna Kubek, who graduated, won the meet in 33:58.9.

“I’m going to be pretty nervous,” said Hett, who will be competing in her sixth consecutive state meet; her other finishes were 109th in 2009, 53rd in 2010, 11th in 2011 and eighth in 2012. “There is going to be a little pressure, but I usually handle it pretty well.”

Burnsville also will be among the teams trying to dethrone defending state champion Wayzata in the girls’ team competition. Forest Lake is the favorite in the boys’ field.

The boys, like the girls, will crown a new pursuit champion. Bloomington Jefferson sophomore Zak Ketterson, who finished third in 2013, is the top returnee. Ketterson and Mounds View senior Steve Hokanson are the only two in the field who finished in the top 10 a year ago. Hokanson was sixth.

Alpine meet

The Alpine meet also will also crown new individual champions for boys and girls. The race for Giants Ridge supremacy will be held Wednesday.

In the boys’ field, Eagan sophomore Thomas Anderson (fifth last year), Centennial senior Taylor Lindy (sixth), Chanhassen freshman Louis Nguyen (seventh) and Blake senior Teddy Ankeny (eighth) head the returnees. They are the only four who finished in the top 10 a year ago.

In the girls’ field, Orono freshman Rosie Hust is the top returning individual. She placed third last year. She will be joined by four other 2013 top-10 finishers: Hermantown junior Madison Danelski (fourth), Minnetonka senior Megan Greiner (fifth), Rochester Century junior Kate Hanson (seventh) and Eagan senior Sally Anderson (ninth).

Defending state champions Blake (boys) and Minnetonka (girls) will look to repeat their 2013 feats in the team competition.


  • related content

  • Tuesday's prep roundup

    Wednesday February 12, 2014

    roundupGIRLS’ HOCKEYStillwater advances with come-from-behind victoryCLASS 2A• SECTION 4: A two-goal second-period lead wasn’t enough for Cretin-Derham Hall to hold off...

  • Hett

  • Eagan senior Sally Anderson is one of five top-10 finishers from last year’s girls’ Alpine state meet. She placed ninth.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Los Angeles - LP: P. Maholm 7 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley 12
San Francisco - WP: G. Kontos 9 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: J. Manship 6
Texas - LP: N. Tepesch 1 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: J. Francis 2
Boston - LP: J. Peavy 3 FINAL
Toronto - WP: J. Happ 7
Miami - WP: J. Turner 6 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: M. Minor 5
San Diego - LP: E. Stults 0 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks 6
Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: F. Rodriguez 4
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 8 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: Y. Pino 2
Kansas City - WP: B. Chen 7 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: S. Carroll 1
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi 7 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 2
Washington - WP: C. Stammen 7 FINAL
Colorado - LP: B. Brown 4
Detroit - LP: P. Coke 4 FINAL
Arizona - WP: E. De La Rosa 5
Houston 2 Bottom 11th Inning
Oakland 2
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 4 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: M. Morin 2
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 3 FINAL
Seattle - LP: E. Ramirez 1
Calgary 7/24/14 8:00 PM
Winnipeg 7/25/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Tulsa 93 FINAL
San Antonio 95
Atlanta 108 FINAL
Minnesota 112
Indiana 57 FINAL
Chicago 60
Phoenix 89 FINAL
Seattle 71





question of the day

Poll: Which uniform will Kevin Love wear next season?

Weekly Question


Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters