Nordic Skiing: Warrior girls, Flyer boys secure 2nds
ST. CLOUD — Lily Schaeffer’s third-place time of 17:27 led the Brainerd Warriors girls to second place, while the boys finished fourth in the St. Cloud Cathedral Invite Thursday, Dec. 5.
Emma Storbakken finished eighth followed by Elle Juranek and Gina Wasniewski to help the Warriors finish behind first-place Alexandria.
“It wasn’t a surprise,” Hanson said. “We predicted Alexandria would be tough competition again this year. I know they weren’t that far ahead of us. They nipped us for the team scoring, but it’s good to have the girls set a goal. And when the format changes it might be a little to our advantage. It could swing our way. This meet gave us some good incentives.”
Nole Robertson posted an eighth-place time of 16:12 to lead a young Warriors squad.
“The conditions were a little bit crowded on the loop course, but the boys performed as expected and everyone competed solidly, especially considering they were chasing some state-ranked level competition,” Hanson said. “As a team, they were pretty well clumped together. To put together a solid ski for their first meet of teh season. It gave us the coaches a really good look at what we need to work on. A positive attitude, however, is not something we have to work on.”
The Little Falls boys finished second led by Jackson Grant’s fourth-place finish. Mac Shanoff was sixth and Ethan Yorek ninth. The Flyers girls tied with Granite Ridge Conference foe Mora for third. Adrienne Kresha placed sixth in 17:42.
Team scores: 1-Sartell/Cathedral, 2-Little Falls, 3-Mora, 4-Brainerd, 5-Alexandria, 6-St. Cloud Tech, 7-St. John’s Prep, 8-St. Cloud Apollo, 9-Willmar
Individual winner: Cooper Lennox (Mora)
Brainerd results: 8-Nole Robertson 16:12, Ryan Cady 16:44, Atticus Osborne 17:25, Bennet Capelle 17:28, Braden Capelle 17:36, Noah Schaeffer 17:38, Nick Porisch 17:39, Elias Knapp 17:40, Jacob Olson 17:43, Trey Miller 18:09, Nick Schneider 18:15, Nick Renner 18:49, Zach Schaeffer 18:57, A.J. Thompson 19:00, Ben Guida 20:02, Eli Hanson 22:06
Little Falls results: 4-Jackson Grant 15:21, 6-Mac Shanoff 16:03, 9-Ethan Yorek, 11-Jon Stockard, Eli Segler, Thomas Zupko, Braden Jackson
Team scores: 1-Alexandria, 2-Brainerd, 3t-Mora, 3t-Little Falls, 5-Sartell/Cathedral, 6-Apollo, 7-St. John’s Prep, 8-Willmar
Individual winner: Kaisa Bosek (Alex) 16:00
Brainerd results: 3-Lily Schaeffer 17:27, 8-Emma Storbakken 18:13, 9-Elle Juranek 18:16; 10-Gina Wasniewski 18:16.5, Sarah Nesheim 18:41, Callie Knapp 19:10, Ellie Brown 19:12, Isabel Nelson 19:21, Mari Devine 20:00, Jenna Lee 21:34, Allyson Goeden 21:35, Cally Robertson 21:53, Emma Balsley 22:43
Little Falls results: 6-Adrienne Kresha 17:42, Camilla Johnson 18:23, Claire Zack 19:02, Beth Ahlin 20:50, Kaylee Zupko 21:22, Anika Johnson 21:38, Abby Borash 21:52
Next: Brainerd at Detroit Lakes 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, Little Falls in St. Cloud 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.