ANNANDALE — Brainerd’s Max Darkow won the boys race and the Warriors boys and girls both captured the Annandale Invite Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Powder Ridge.

It was the first varsity win for Darkow who clocked a 43.67 for his two runs.

Also finishing in the top 10 for Brainerd were Gavin Hoielzel who placed third. Cal Madison landed in sixth and Tony Elsenpeter ninth.

“Every meet we have a different Warrior in the front of the pack so that’s kind of exciting,” said Brainerd head coach Jim Ruttger.

The Warrior girls were led by fourth-place Emma Hiebert followed by Erin Hoelzel in eighth, Maddie Kalenberg in ninth and Maddie Peterson in 12th.

“We had some girls go down so this was a testimony to the depth of the girls’ team,” said Ruttger. “Orono and Wayzata were both here and are section teams with strong programs so this was a nice benchmark for us.”



Boys team scores: 1-Brainerd 197, 2-St. Cloud Breakaways 186, 3-Orono 139, 4-Lake Area Alpine 135, 5-Westonka 126, 6-Annandale 120, 7-Wayzata 118
Individual winner: Max Darkow (Brd) 43.67
Brainerd results: 1-Darkow 43.67, 3-Gavin Hoielzel 43.78, 6-Cal Madison 46.34, 9-Tony Elsenpeter 47.09, 17-Trevor Hutchison 49.03, 43-Sean Baumann 1:15.98, 46-Esten Hiebert 1:17.24



Girls team scores: 1-Brainerd 195, 2-St. Cloud Breakaways 192, 3-Wayzata 167, 4-Annandale 161, 5-Orono 154, 6-Westonka 1151, 7-Lakes Area Alpine 61, inc-Delano, Rockford
Individual winner: Emma Wolf (Delano) 46.13
Brainerd results: 4-Emma Hiebert 47.40, 8-Erin Hoelzel 48.87, 9-Maddie Kalenberg 48.95, 12-Maddie Peterson 51.53, 43-Carsyn Krassas 1:31.49, 45-Calia Chaney 1:36.17
Next: Brainerd at Giants Ridge 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.