The biggest Alpine skiing meet of the season, the Buck Hill Invitational, took place Friday and the conditions were terrible.
The course, wet and sloppy, became more icy and rutted as the meet progressed.
That's why Iwen was thrilled when she drew the first position in the race, meaning she would be the first skier on the course, able to cut her own line down the hill.
The position paid off as she won the girls' individual championship. She was the only girl to finish in under 24 seconds on both of her runs en route to a combined time of 46.74, more than a half-second ahead of runner-up Juliana Damberg of Mounds View.
"It was definitely the luck of the draw with where I skied today," Iwen said. "Some of my teammates looked like they were going through a luge [run], it was so grooved."
As one of the few prep Alpine skiers who does not also compete in USSA meets during the winter, Iwen went into the meet with high hopes but low expectations. Bad weather or not, she was thrilled with the result.
"Considering how many people I was skiing against, this is a pretty big deal," she said. "I was hoping for a good finish but it came out much better than I expected."
The 138-pound senior became the winningest wrestler in school history when he pinned John Lewis of Totino-Grace on Thursday. He followed with three victories in Saturday's Pine City Invite, improving his career record to 174-45.
The senior guard carried the Crimson in victories over Osseo (32 points, 7-for-10 on three-pointers) and Coon Rapids (10 points). Against Elk River on Friday, she scored 26 of her 31 points in the second half, sparking a comeback from a 17-point deficit.
The freshman conquered the miserable conditions at the Buck Hill Invitational on Friday, winning the boys' individual slalom competition with a combined time for two runs of 44.19 seconds.
With the senior forward scoring seemingly at will, the Novas scored 33 goals in three games. Christman scored three goals in a victory over North Branch and had back-to-back four-goal games in victories over Richfield and Moose Lake.
Behind 27 points from the senior guard, the Cardinals outdueled Class 2A, No. 9 New London-Spicer 57-46. She added 17 points in a victory over Litchfield and 30 as Annandale defeated Orono to win its fifth consecutive game.
The Cardinals have won three of their past four games, highlighted by a 5-3 upset over Blaine in an game played outdoors Saturday at the Coon Rapids Ice Center. Ryan had her best game of the season, notching her first career hat trick.