NORDIC SKIING: Warrior boys 24th, girls 31st at Mesabi East
BIWABIK — Zean Baker raced to a 15th-place time of 16:04.7 in the classic race and the Brainerd Warrior boys finished 24th in Saturday’s Mesabi East Invitational at Giants Ridge.
Connor Gunsbury led the Warrior boys in freestyle with a time of 15:21.3, good for 55th place.
“The conditions were tough and it was very challenging,” Warriors co-head coach Mary Claire Ryan said. “This is the big race of the season that lets you compete against everybody and see how you stack up. It was also a good race to evaluate things.”
Allison Kosobud led the Warrior girls in the classic with a 38th-place time of 20:11.4. Sarah Whiteman led Brainerd in the freestyle by finishing 92nd with a time of 19:45.9.
“We were just happy to be there, considering the travel conditions,” Warriors co-head coach Chris Hanson said. “The girls did well, but Allison wasn’t quite satisfied with her result. She had a good run, but she’s a competitor and she wanted to finish higher.”
Boys team scores (64 teams): 1-Eden Prairie 798, 2-Irondale 757, 3-St. Cloud Tech 745, 4-Elk River 739, 5-Stillwater 729, 24-Brainerd 580.
Classic winner: Classic-Tyler Gilbert (Irondale) 14:49.4
Freestyle winner: Nick Acton (Eagan) 13:19.4
Brainerd classic results: 15-Zean Baker 16:04.7, 73-Gerrit Garberich 17:57.2, 86-Noah Baker 18:24.9
Brainerd freestyle results: 55-Connor Gunsbury 15:21.3, 105-Benjamin Hanson 16:39.4
Girls team scores: (63 teams) 1-Duluth East 750, 2-Wayzata 724, 3-Roseville 718, 4-Eden Prairie 715, 5-Stillwater 698, 31-Brainerd 451
Classic winner: Delaney Fitzpatrick (Lakeland) 0:17.12.3
Freestyle winner: Anna Kubek (Duluth East) 15:12.6
Brainerd classic results: 38-Allison Kosobud 20:11.4, 58-Sarah Fairbanks 21:18.9, 84-Tori Johnson 22:13.2
Brainerd freestyle results: 92-Sarah Whiteman 19:45.9, 133-Anne Grabowski 21:36.8, 155-Gabriella Haire 23:05.1
Next: Brainerd in Little Falls Invite 10 a.m. Friday at Camp Ripley.