Dance Team: Aitkin advances to state
WADENA—Aitkin is headed back to the state meet as it placed second in kick and third in jazz in the Section 4-1A meet Saturday, Feb. 9.
Aitkin scored 6.5 rank points, to just miss winning the section kick title, which went to Frazee with 6 rank points. Frazee swept both titles as it won jazz with four rank points.
Crosby-Ironton placed fourth in both events with 17.5 rank points in jazz and 16 in kick.
"We had an injury toward the end of the jazz performance so had to stop and redo it without her at the end," C-I head coach Amy Lundgren said. "Then we had to try to adjust formations and go without her in kick. As difficult as that was on everyone, the dancers really came together and pulled off two amazing performances.
"The scoring in jazz was very inconsistent and we expected to place higher so that is frustrating, but I'm proud of how well the girls rose to the challenge."
Pierz placed fifth in jazz and sixth in kick, while Wadena-Deer Creek landed in eighth in kick and 11th in jazz.
Pine River-Backus placed 13th in jazz and 15th in kick.
The top three teams in each division advance to state.
Jazz: 1-Frazee 4 rank points, 2-Duluth Marshall 9, 3-Aitkin 13, 4-Crosby-Ironton 17.5, 5-Pierz 20, 6-Bagley 23, 7-Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 23, 8-Pelican Rapids 25, 9-United Clay Becker 35, 10-Holdingford 39, 11-Wadena-Deer Creek 44, 12-Crookston 48, 13-Pine River-Backus 52, 14-Mahnomen-Waubun 55
Kick: Frazee 6, 2-Aitkin 6.5, 3-Bagley 11, 4-Crosby-Ironton 16, 5-Pelican Rapids 19, 6-Pierz 25, 7-Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 26, 8-Wadena-Deer Creek 36, 9-Holdingford 36, 10-Duluth Marshall 37, 11-United Clay Becker 40, 12-Sauk Centre 49, 13-Crookston 52, 14-Mahnomen-Waubun 55, 15-Pine River-Backus 58.5
Next: Class 1A State Meet at Target Center, Minneapolis, Feb. 15-16