H'Town's Danelski, East's Long Eye State Title in '15

By KBJR News 1

February 20, 2014 Updated Feb 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM CDT

(NNCNOW.com) --- The conditions weren't how Duluth East junior Keaton Long had envisioned them at the Nordic State meet.

"Less than ideal, but you take it as it comes and deal with it as best you can," said Long.

Hermantown junior Madison Danelski had to deal with a miscue of her own at the Alpine State meet.

"I had a big bobble the first run that affected my time, but hopefully I can do good on my second run," said Danelski.

There is some good news, though. Both Long and Danelski will have another shot at the state meet as seniors next winter.

Bonnie Fuller–Kask, the Greyhound Nordic ski coach, is hopeful Long will make a run at the top prize.

"He has the ability to do that, and it'd be fun to see," said Fuller-Kask. "It's hard to predict, but he has the potential. Definitely."

For Hermantown–Proctor alpine skiing head coach Michaela Borash, she thinks Danelski has all of the tools to be among the state's best.

"She's got very quick feet, and her talent is just unbelievable. She just keeps on striving to get better and better and better."

The duo will have a year to get better before setting their sights on one more state ski meet.

"Just to be as fast as I can be and skiing aggressively," said Danelski.

"Push yourself as hard as you can and hopefully get in that top ten, top three if possible," said Long.

Posted by Sarah Wheeler
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