ST. CLOUD — Zean Baker made it back-to-back Tuesday.
The Brainerd Warriors senior followed up his first-place finish at Mt. Itasca Saturday with a first-place time of 17:10 at the St. Cloud Apollo Invite at Riverside Park in St. Cloud.
Baker’s victory coupled with top 10 finishes from Gerrit Garberich (sixth), Noah Baker (seventh) and Connor Gunsbury (10th) placed Brainerd second behind St. Cloud Tech.
“Zean’s on a tear right now,” said Brainerd head coach Mary Claire Ryan. “He was second on Thursday, first Saturday and first again today. Nick Proell of St. Cloud Tech, who beat Zean Thursday, was right behind Zean until he started to pull away. He did an excellent job of distancing himself from Nick and the rest of the field. He looked really strong the whole race.”
Little Falls Flyers Maria Hauer captured the girls race with a 21:00. That helped Little Falls to the girls team victory. Brainerd’s Allison Kosobud finished second in 21:08. Sarah Fairbanks placed eighth for the third place Warriors.
“Thursday Allison took a bad fall and it cost her a place,” Claire Ryan said. “Today she got tripped up a bit as they did laps and she started getting into the slower skiers and sot hat cost her a few seconds. Maria was very strong today, which she always is. But I was pleased with how Allison skied on the big hills. It was the best technique we’ve seen from her.”
The Flyers’ Mattia Hendrickson placed fourth and Chelsea Rutz finished fifth. Kaitlyn Giesenhoff scored a 10th-place finish for Little Falls
Brainerd’s Sara Whiteman was 13th and Gabrielle Haire placed 15th as the Warriors trailed second-place St. Cloud Cathedral by five points.
“We had some good surprises as we gave some younger skiers a shot at stepping up onto the varsity race. They handled themselves very well and of course we were delighted to be on snow.”
Boys team scores: 1-St. Cloud Tech 203, 2-Brainerd 196, 3-Mora 169, 4-St. Cloud Apollo 161, 5-Little Falls 139, 6-Willmar 102 8-St. John’s Prep 57
Individual winner: Zean Baker (Brd) 17:10
Brainerd results: 6-Gerrit Garberich 18:44, 7-Noah Baker 19:02, 10-Connor Gunsbury 20:05, 18-Benjamin Hanson 20:46, 26-Sam Guida 21:51,
Little Falls results: Matt Massmann 20:33, Jon Gottwalt 20:44, Brian MacNamera 20:49, Gunnar Kleinschmidt 21:48, Isaiah Korver 22:35, Ethan Crocker 23:07
Girls team scores: 1-Little Falls 200, 2-St. Cloud Cathedral 187, 3-Brainerd 182, 4-Mora 162, 5-St. Cloud Apollo 125, 6-Alexandria 116 7-Willmar 95, 8-St. Cloud Tech 66
Individual winner: Maria Hauer (LF) 21:000
Brainerd results: 2-Allison Kosobud 21:08, 8-Sarah Fairbanks 22:41, 13-Sara Whiteman 23:49, 15-Gabriella Haire 24:00, 35-Emily Nelson 27:26, Anne Grabowski 27:46
Little Falls results: 4-Mattia Hendrickson 21:37, 5-Chelsea Rutz 21:39, 10-Kaitlyn Giesenhoff 23:00, Amelia Kresha 24:46, Josie Lange 25:55
Next: Brainerd, Little Falls at St. Cloud Cathedral Invite 2 p.m. Dec. 18.
Brainerd JV Boys: 2-Sam Nesheim 12:24, 3-Evan Schreifels 12:29, 5-Robert Pike 13:03, Luke Norquist 13:37, Gabe Raguse 15:10, Mac Brink 15:29, Will Schultz 15:39, Caden Johnson 15:52, Evan Storbakken 16:58
Brainerd JV Girls: Maren Hadrits 14:53, Madeline Quast 14:57, Faith Watson 16:23, Katie Pernula 16:48, Molly Dirks 17:52, Haley Anderson 18:10, Erin Peterson 18:44, Sarah Hanson 18:59, Emma Anderson 19:38