Nordic Skiing: Warrior girls win again

Elle Juranek

CAMP RIPLEY — Elle Juranek posted a fourth-place 39:49 followed by Gina Wasniewski in fifth as the Brainerd Warriors girls placed four girls in the top 12 to win the Little Falls Invite Thursday, Jan. 23.

Sarah Nesheim placed seventh and Emma Storbakken skied to a 12th-place finish. Isabel Nelson finished 23rd.

Brainerd beat Moorhead by six points for the title.

“The No. 1 Alexandria skier is in Europe skiing right now,” Warriors co-head coach Mary Claire Ryan said. “She’s supposed to be back for sections, which will affect them some. But interesting, Moorhead, which is relatively new -- I think they’re only three or four years in even having a team -- have started to develop some really good skiers.”

The Warriors were also shorthanded Thursday with Lily Schaeffer out sick.


“I just told the girls, ‘Lily is sick, but all of you are good solid skiers and we need to step up our game a little bit.’ Fortunately, they listened to me,” Ryan said. “Sarah Nesheim had one of her best races ever. Isabel Nelson is another one who has been skiing a lot of varsity. She had a great day.

“The girls have been on a great run. I think this is their fourth win in a row.”

The Brainerd boys placed third behind first-place Bemidji and Little Falls. The Flyers were led by Jackson Grant’s third-place time of 32:55 and Cormac Shanoff’s sixth-place finish.

Brainerd’s Nole Robertson placed eighth with Ryan Cady in 17th and Jacob Olson in 18th.

“The thing about this race, it’s the only true pursuit that we have before our section race,” Ryan said. “It’s the same format as section and state so most every team from Section 8 was there today along with Mora. It was a really good test to see where we really are at with all the teams there.

“Nole has been so consistent for us. We had some other kid who had really good races.”

The Little Falls girls finished sixth with Adrienne Kresha posting a 16th-place time of 41:55.


Boys results
Team scores: 1-Bemidji 376, 2-Little Falls 372, 3-Brainerd 340, 4-Moorhead 322, 5-Mora 321, 6-Detroit Lakes 289, 7-Fergus Falls 261, 8-Alexandria 241, 9-St. Cloud Tech 228, 10-Sartell 161, 11-St. Cloud Apollo/Sauk Rapids 87, 12-St. John’s Prep 84, 13-Willmar 74
Individual winner: Cooper Lennox (Mora) 32:01
Brainerd results: 8-Nole Robertson 34:39, 17-Ryan Cady 36:02, 18-Jacob Olson 36:02, 21-Noah Schaeffer 36:11, 23-Braden Capelle 36:32, 24-Elias Knapp 36:42, 28-Nicholas Porisch 37:20, 30-Atticus Osborne 37:34, 34-Bennet Capelle 37:56, 37-Nicholas Renner 38:13, 50-Trey Miller 39:45
Little Falls results: 3-Jackson Grant 32:55, 6-Cormac Shanoff 34:28, 10-Ethan Yorek 35:11, 13-Connor Grant 35:41, 15-John Stockard 35:51, 16-Eli Segler 35:52, 26-Thomas Zupko 37:11, 64-Grant Yorek 40:07, 72-Angus Rustad 40:35, 77-Aiden Hagen 41:47

Girls results
Team scores: 1-Brainerd 376, 2-Moorhead 370, 3-Bemidji 351, 4-Mora 349, 5-Alexandria 328, 6-Little Falls 307, 7-Sartell-Cathedral 272, 8-St. Cloud Tech 233, 9-Fergus Falls 123, 10-Detroit Lakes 115, 11-St. Apollo/Sauk Rapids 51, 12-St. John’s Prep 35, 13-Willmar inc.
Individual winner: Abbie Ishaug (Moor) 38:19
Brainerd results: 4-Elle Juranek 39:49, 5-Gina Wasniewski 39:57, 7-Sarah Nesheim 40:14, 12-Emma Storbakken 41:38, 23-Isabel Nelson 42:46, 27-Callie Knapp 43:26, 44-Ellie Brown 45:21, 47-Jenna Lee 45:45, 48-Mari Devine 46:04, 50-Allison Rice 46:39
Little Falls results: 16-Adrienne Kresha 41:55, 21-Camilla Johnson 42:41, 28-Elizabeth Ahlin 43:39, 45-Claire Zack 43:43, 74-Breanna Barchus 48:33, 75-Abigail Borasch 48:51, 76-Anika Johnson 49:05, 83-Claire Zupko 50:29, 96-Kaylee Zupko 52:26, 97-Aliza Kresha 52:33
Next: Brainerd at Conference Championship in Andes Tower Hills 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28; Little Falls at Bemidji 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.
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