Nordic Skiing: Warriors, Flyers dominate relay meet
BEMIDJI — Brainerd Warrior and Little Falls relay teams swept the top places in each of the three events and the Flyers captured the overall team championship in Saturday’s Montebello Relays.
The Warrior boys tandem of Noah Baker and Ben Hanson won the varsity boys relay by posting the fastest time of the day of 29:25. Little Falls’ team of Gunner Kleinschmidt and Michael Carll was runner-up.
Brainerd finished second in the overall team standings with 44 points, four behind the first-place Flyers.
Little Falls’ duo of Kaitlin Geisenhof and Amelia Kresha won the varsity girls relay at 35:22. Brainerd’s team of Gaby Haire and Sara Whiteman was second by 23 seconds.
In the varsity mixed relay, John Gottwalt and Maria Hauer of Little Falls teamed up to ski a first-place time of 29:34. Brainerd’s Sam Nesheim and Katie Montgomery finished fifth.
Varsity racers alternately skied 2.5 kilometers of classic and 2.5 km of skate techniques for a total of 10km.
“It was a great day of racing some of our section competition from the north and west,” Warriors co-head coach Chris Hanson said. “Bemidji put on a great event that the kids really enjoy. This unique relay is exciting to watch, especially when all the teams started together (to accommodate a late start due to cold temperatures).
“We definitely notice the difference a couple weeks of snow makes early on. Our kids are looking more comfortable on skis. Both boys and girls teams are off to a good start.”
■ Junior varsity
JV skiers raced a 5km skate race.
In the JV girls race, Allie Foote of Little Falls was first and Brainerd’s Claire Gunsbury was eighth. Little Falls won the JV girls meet with 394 points. Brainerd was third.
Hunter Zupko of Little Falls won the JV boys race. Brainerd’s Mac Brink was fourth. Little Falls won the boys race with 385 points. Brainerd finished third.
■ Junior high
Brainerd’s Laura Wadsten won the junior high girls race and helped the Warriors to first place with 389 points. Hannah Jones of Little Falls was fifth and the Flyers finished second.
Drew Peterson of Little Falls won the junior high boys race and helped the Flyers win the meet with 378 points. Brainerd’s Andrew Wasniewski was runner-up as were the Warriors with 374 points.
Varsity team scores
(Combination of 2 boys relays, 2 girls relays, 2 mixed relays):
1-Little Falls 48, 2-Brainerd 44, 3-Bemidji 36, 4-Detroit Lakes 13, 5-Ottertail Central 9, 6-Trek North 5, 7-Deer River 3
Varsity Girls Relay: 1-Kaitlin Geisenhof & Amelia Kresha (LF) 35:22.0; 2-Gaby Haire & Sara Whiteman (Brd) 35:45.0; 4-Claire Gammon-Deering & Kendal Hendrickson (LF) 37:10; 5-Emily Nelson & Maddie Quast (Brd) 41:20
Varsity Boys Relay: 1-Noah Baker & Ben Hanson (Brd) 29:25, 2-Gunner Kleinschmidt & Michael Carll (LF) 31:13, 3-Robb Pike & Sam Guida (Brd) 31:47, 6-Ethan Crocker & Seth Crocker (LF) 32:44
Varsity Mixed Relay: 1-John Gottwalt & Maria Hauer (LF) 29:34, 4-Hunter Kleinschmidt & Elizabeth Becker (LF) 34:48, 5-Sam Nesheim & Katie Montgomery (Brd) 36:07, 6-Evan Schreifels & Faith Watson (Brd) 38:08
Next: Brainerd, Little Falls at St. Cloud Cathedral Invite 2 p.m. Tuesday.